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    Nov 16, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it if you truly enjoy science, math, and understanding the world and the universe better. Everything in our universe is affected by forces that we can't see. We only see the effects of the forces. I took the class online, and there was a lot more self-teaching than I expected. While the discussions were interesting, a lot of people barely participated. At the same time, the topics weren't indicative of the homework assignments or exams at all. I learned far more reading about the topics online, than what we were taught in the books. A lot of the examples in the books didn't match the questions on homework or exams, so there was a lot of critical thinking and guessing required.

    Course highlights:

    Learning more about how our world functions was absolutely fascinating. Understanding how motion works, friction, tension, gravity, projectiles, was enlightening. All of that is vital to our day-to-day lives, but we don't see those forces. We only see the effects of the forces, and it defines what we can or can not do. The teacher is a very nice person, and added lots of interesting information as we went along.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be very comfortable with college algebra and geometry. Precalculus and calculus are obviously beneficial as well. Most of physics is drawing diagrams of the forces occurring either in one moment in time, or "frame-by-frame" changes. If there are changes occurring, you will focus on the changes (not the end result). Be able to picture things in your head. I'm not a very imaginative person, so that was honestly the most challenging aspect for me. I had to look for diagrams from different point of views or explanations in order to visualize a lot of it. It is honestly a rewarding class, just very challenging in a lot of ways. I recommend it, but not if you are looking for an easy A.

    • Fall 2016
    • Stephen Davis
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    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Requires Lots of Research

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