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    Jun 11, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a required course for engineering majors. It is a fun and interesting subject and if you have a passion for science you'll love it. Non-engineering majors can also take this course to fill their physics requirement. The only difference between this physics and the general physics is that this one uses calculus. So if you're a little afraid of math, I would suggest going for PHY 101. This is usually a very large class of about 300 students. The material is sometimes tough to grasp, especially because the professors make it convoluted as they try to derive and explain every single formula. Overall it is an interesting course, so I would suggest taking this if you're going to be an engineer or if you like calculus and have a passion for science.

    Course highlights:

    This course is very math heavy and there is little to no concept and memorization. There is a lot of homework every week and you need to be on top of it and do it daily. The tests are actually hard and none of the problems are similar to any of the ones done in class or for homework. So you must practice a lot for the tests and do problems from the book.

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    3-5 hours

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    Practice, practice and practice. Do all the homeworks in due time and do more problems from the books. This is all about getting to know every single approach to a problem and having a clear idea of how you are going to solve it. The test problems are usually hard and so you must practice and pay attention in class. GO to every single lecture and recitation and try to do well on the weekly quizzes. Ask lots of questions and get help from the TAs.

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