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    Horizontal acceleration

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    0 m/s^2 if air resistance is 'negligible' or if there is no are resistance

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    Jun 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    For students that never took physics in high school, Professor Dudko is clear explains concepts and gives you all the tools you need for quizzes like optional homework and in-class examples. She also provides fantastic and often hilarious real life examples like finding the center of mass of a carrot that she brings to lecture.

    Course highlights:

    I gained basic knowledge about forces on the center of mass of an object and pivotal objects, the multiple ways to manipulate motion problems through equilibrium, and understanding physics in real life instances like an ice skater spinning in the air.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Use the lecture and the homework problems to pass the quizzes! Although you are allowed a cheat sheet, many of the problems require critical thinking outside of just formulas but the homework problems and in-class examples almost always match the quiz problems in these concepts. Go to lecture for the extra credit participation points.

    • Winter 2016
    • OlgaDudko
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Apr 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    College physics is very hard, especially if you didn't take any physics class in high school. However, Professor Olga is a very nice and supportive professor with fair quizzes and grading to boot. She often teaches during the Spring, so if you want to start the Physics 2 series, she is a MUST GET.

    Course highlights:

    Professor grades fairly but no curves (since she already implemented it in her absolute grading scale). More importantly, her quizzes (60% of your grade) ARE FAIR. Also, I learned that Physics is hard and time consuming. Don't hesitate to get help and be prepared to study A LOT to pass this class. And study even more to earn that A or B grade.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Do your homework. This sounds simple, but when you see the professor assign you 20+ lengthy homework assignments each week, you'll see otherwise. Though the professor DOES take homework questions, twist it here and there, and then adds it to the quiz. And often too. So do your homework. Go to office hours, tutoring labs, and problem sessions. Don't shy away from these opportunities, since they're there for a reason. Would you rather waste 3 hours on a problem that you just can't solve and then give up, or get help from the Professor or TA that will make you think it was so easy that you can't believe you couldn't solve that question? I would, and did, chose the latter. If you can't understand your TA (like I couldn't), go to the other section. Don't be shy, I did this and the other TA helped me get by the course the whole quarter. Look at her lectures. Some of her examples in her lecture slides are actually ON her quizzes. And, her lectures are quite clear, so it could be a nice refresher after reading the textbook. Don't rely blindly on her lectures though. No matter how good she is, her lectures are still mostly focused on the textbook. If you don't want to be confused and be prepared for her i-clicker quizzes...read that textbook.

    • Spring 2015
    • OlgaDudko
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Apr 07, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Sharma was a nice man that was eager to teach physics...but maybe he was a bit too dedicated, as his quizzes made many hopelessly fail and led to 2/3 of the class to drop (if only you had seen all those empty seats...). Again, his quizzes were so tough. It seemed like it didn't matter if you did all the homework, or attend office hours for the professor and TAs, or attend to the problem sessions...his quizzes seemed neither remotely similar or just a very very very hard version of the homework...either way, I found myself repeatedly being unable to finish any quizzes. Although the course should be hard, the professor made it too ridiculously hard with those horrid quizzes (which are 60% of the grade). Also, he doesn't curve at all. The curve is already implemented in the absolute grading scale, which may seem ridiculously low; but be forewarned, it just shows how ridiculously tough the class is.

    Course highlights:

    Well, I learned that Physics was tough. So very tough. It was my first physics class, and a bad experience it was. I tried to utilize just whatever I could get, be it office hours, problem sessions, physic tutoring lab, doing the homework...And I spent 8 weeks suffering from this class. I learned that if I'm suffering so much that I need to drop...don't hesitate, or it'll drag down your other classes like it did with me. Also, this physics class is very time-consuming. When any physics professor mention this in the beginning, they truly mean it...

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    This professor is one you should avoid unless you want to face despair in the quizzes. He is nice and supportive, but how does that help in the face of his terrifying quizzes that amounts to 60% of your grade? I've sticked with him for 8 weeks before being forced to drop, and his quizzes only get HARDER... No worries, there's a better PHYS 2A professor out there. Her name is Olga Dudko and she often teaches in the Spring Quarter. I can guarantee that she is a good professor, and her ratings in UCSD and RateMyProfessor.com are high to show that too. Also, don't underestimate the homework. It's there for a reason. Although the quizzes were insanely hard for his class, they were often insanely hard versions of the homework...so do the homework to at least have an idea on what to do. Although I would personally never ever go to this professor again but you choose to, at least utilize all that you can: office hours, problem sessions, tutoring lab. Because these were able to help me with learning physics better.

    • Winter 2014
    • VivekSharma
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading


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