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Electricty and Magnetism

September 06, 2007

Levin, Janna
Electricty and Magnetism

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i really, strongly dislike janna levin. yes, she's brilliant, and yes, many people think she deserves to be as arrogant as she is, but honestly, i think her personality is absolutely intolerable. in my opinion, she's only okay as a professor, so it's not like her exceptional powers of explaining physics make up for how annoying she is. overall, the class is not actually as hard as everyone makes it out to be... the problem sets are definitely obnoxious, but she basically does them for you in office hours, and she makes it pretty clear what you can expect from her on tests.

Workload:

weekly (hard) problem sets, one midterm, one final, a few quizzes.

June 04, 2003

Miller, Amber
Electricty and Magnetism

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Amber Miller had a very difficult with this time with this class almost from the beginning... this was her first time teaching a lecture course and the students showed no mercy. *CULPA CENSOR* ...much of the class did not take her seriously from the beginning. The result was that she soon lost control before she really had a chance to prove herself, which she actually did with her cosmic microwave background lecture. For the few students that bothered to attend that lecture she proved herself once and for all to be a competent and accomplished physicist well-deserving of her position at Columbia, but by that point most of the students had decided she was a bimbo and stopped attending class. THis also produced an absolutely atrocious curve, (I think the mean on the final was 202 out of about 450) because a lot of the students just copy each other's homework and as a result don't learn. Ultimately if you get Miller, be prepared to learn a lot from the textbook because she is not very good at explaining things. I think that if she gets a class that is more respectful she would do better, but she still needs a bit more experience to learn how to infuse some life into the material. She is too dependent on formulas at the expense of concepts, a major pet peeve of mine.

Workload:

The problem sets are difficult but DON"T COPY THEM! They are the only way that you will figure this stuff out because E&M is HARD! the first midterm is easy, the second is very difficult, and the final is somewhere inbetween.

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