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PHYS 123 GEN PHYS I: MECHANICS

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    Math-heavy

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    Always Do the Reading

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    Jul 11, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is very engaging and lectures in a simple way so that all of his students understand, and he gives a problem to solve at the end of each class, using what you learn in each lecture.

    Course highlights:

    You learn a lot of Calculus 2, if you haven't learned it before, and it involves a lot memorizations of equations.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always do the pre-lecture work and pay attention in class.

    • Spring 2017
    • AlanGlodowski
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Apr 06, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is Physics 101. For students who are not majoring in Physics however, they will need to put in some work every week. In a class of about 60, 75% of the students were obligated to take this course event though they were pursuing other majors. Professor Muehleisen understood this and was very understanding throughout the semester. She presented Homework problems in class and provided a step-by-step analysis on how to solve them. If you had trouble keeping up in class, you could ask her in person during her office hours. Quizzes and Tests were tough, but fair. She provided a guide on what to expect on test day and the format was consistent with her revision sessions. I would recommend this class for anyone whose forte does not lie in Physics, but has to take this course.

    Course highlights:

    The course was a requirement. This was just one of the 2 courses in Physics I had to complete, and there wasn't much to carry on to subsequent semesters.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend every lecture session. She provides lots of examples and is thorough in her explanations and this will help when preparing for midterms. Ask questions if you're confused. Ask for help during her office hours, and you should be fine.

    • Spring 2012
    • SallyLaurent-Muehleisen
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject
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    Mar 11, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I wouldn't recommend it because the teaching style of the professor did not suit me. Though the professor gave the information required to tackle any problem in mechanics, not much stress or time was given to the application of that knowledge. One or maybe two problems were done in the class, and no further materials were provided or referenced that the students might use to gain a better grasp of the subject. The professor is highly qualified and knowledgeable, but is unable to transfer that knowledge to his students.

    Course highlights:

    I learnt about forces, momentum and energy, along with the physical effects each has on our surroundings. This, I mainly learnt by going through the problems in the book, and I was pleasantly intrigued as to how such simple-sounding principles of physics have such far-reaching and often huge effects on our surroundings and the way of life we lead. I realized that human behavior and habits are shaped by our surroundings.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest read the book beforehand so that you somewhat know what to expect. I also would recommend practicing quite a few problems from each chapter, because the knowledge gained is cumulative, and the knowledge from a previous chapter is required to understand the next.

    • Spring 2017
    • DavidGidalevitz
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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