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[APPH 3300] Applied Electromagnetism

May 07, 2012

Venkataraman, Latha
[APPH 3300] Applied Electromagnetism

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

The course uses a great text by Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics"

Latha is well known for being a GPA killer, but I wouldn't say she's all bad. She's more than willing to help you if you put in the effort and respect, i.e. show up to class, ask questions and pay attention. She won't fail you if she can see you've done your homework and have made a serious attempt to understand the material. That being said, she also has a historical curve for the courses she teaches. That means if you are below the curve in a "smart" year you might not be doing so bad but if you are on the curve in a "dumb" year, you're screwed (as is the rest of the class). Supposedly she failed two students last year and handed out 5 C's.

The workload is hard, mostly reworded problems from the book. You can go to the solutions manual if you want easy answers but you're going to eat shit on the exams. Since HW is not such a big part of the course grade, doing well isn't important. In fact, if you are not doing great on the HW it's probably a sign you're actually doing it yourself and it will show in your exam grade. This is a great course; lots of material to cover but all very interesting and it will often times leave you pondering the world around you.

The last few weeks this year were very rushed and we covered a little more than 3 whole chapters (4 partial chapters) in about two weeks. Keep up with the reading and examples in the book; it will do you good. If you're a good student already, then you know the drill. If you've been pissing away your time here at Columbia by taking 1400 and getting wasted every weekend as an an Applied Physics major, then you're in for a world of hurt come this course.

Workload:

1 Problem set/week. Some speciality topics related to Professor Venkataraman's research.

11 HWs worth 15% of your grade. 2 Midterms worth 20% each. Final exam worth 40% of your grade and 5% freebie points for putting in effort and being respectful.

March 02, 2006

Navratil, Gerald
[APPH 3300] Applied Electromagnetism

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Average professor. Knows his stuff, teachs it on about level for 3000 and isn't boring enough for it to be a major issue. Hard to approach but not because of his personality; he's so busy that it's hard to find him. Your best chance is actually making an appointment.

Short fair problem sets which are are likely too easy if nothing else. Exams are moderate with plenty of time allowed. The biggest problem you'll ever have is when he tells you what he won't put on the exams and the exact type of problem happens to make up 1/3 of the actual exam.

Workload:

If you're on the top of your class it's laughable. If your in the lower portion it's not too bad and you can expect to get rocked later on if you find it hard.

May 09, 2004

Navratil, Gerald
[APPH 3300] Applied Electromagnetism

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

If you want an easy A, this is the class for you. If you want to actually learn E&M, you're probably better off trying 3007. Professor Navratil will occasionally break from the physics to show where we actually see the stuff in a lab, but that hardly compensates for how little depth the class goes into. The problem sets are too easy to actually learn the material, and the exams are so easy that a good grade is meaningless.

Workload:

A short problem set every other week. 2 midterms: one open book, one closed, both easy. Open book final, also easy

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Latha Venkataraman 2013 Spring MW / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Latha Venkataraman 2012 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Latha Venkataraman 2011 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Latha Venkataraman 2010 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Latha Venkataraman 2009 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Gerald Navratil 2007 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Gerald Navratil 2005 Spring MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
APAM / APPH APAM APPH E3300: Applied Electromagnetism Gerald Navratil 2004 Spring MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1