Review Comment

[PHYS W3007] Electricity and Magnetism

May 20, 2011

Narayan, Abhay
[PHYS W3007] Electricity and Magnetism

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Abhay (he'll threaten to take off points if you call him professor), is easily the nicest professor I've ever had at Columbia. While his HWs and Quizzes are VERY HARD, he drops the lowest few of each. He's very approachable for a beginning lecturer, and is willing to push off HWs and quizzes for holidays, something almost no other professor would do. His tests are standard for physics - very hard - and his teaching is pretty standard as well - from the book. He's a great guy, took the class to the faculty house for lunch (don't expect this every year), and it was a pleasure to meet him.

Workload:

Standard for a physics class, 13 HWs (2 were dropped)
about half as many quizzes (some were dropped)
and a hard midterm, final

April 06, 2009

Lightman, Matthew (TA)
[PHYS W3007] Electricity and Magnetism and [PHYS W3008] Electromagnetic Waves and Optics

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Simply put: Matt is a brilliant TA! Not only can he answer pretty much any question you have about E+M, he is extremely nice and very approachable. His recitation sessions are for those who wish to have a deep and complete understanding of E+M. Also, he does more examples than the professor does in class, which also helps with learning how to approach certain problems. If you have him, be thankful because not many TA's are in the mood to help undergrads...

Workload:

N/A

April 28, 2005

Brooijmans, Gustaaf
[PHYS W3007] Electricity and Magnetism

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His accent is totally understandable, he's entertaining, he explains things well. What more could one want? While I'm not a huge fan of E&M I looked forward to going to class and feel like I've gotten a reasonable amount out of it. The TA did the homework during recitation, so it was possible to get through the class with no work at all (although I wouldn't recommend this... you'll get screwed on the exams).

Workload:

Weekly problem set (consisting of four Griffiths problems of varying difficulty), two midterms, final.

January 16, 2003

Westerhoff, Stefan
[PHYS W3007] Electricity and Magnetism and [PHYS W3008] Electromagnetic Waves and Optics

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Prof. Westerhoff is a competent lecturer and is always very well organized. No, he is not particularly animated and teaches with a no nonsense style. This, of course, is very much in tune with the material. Don't expect to be fascinated by the material in the way that you might expect from an introductory course. In other words, this is not a course you shop around for. If you're reading this review, then you are probably either a physics or applied physics major, in which case you won't have a choice in deciding whether or not to take this course. Thankfully, Westerhoff gets the job done as efficiently and as painlessly as the material permits. Note that he does not curve exams and grades on a scale that he himself deems fit. You have to more or less know your stuff to get an A, which isn't particularly easy since the material can get pretty involved. Also, the diffuculty of his exams can fluctuate significantly, so be wary.

Workload:

problem sets every week. two midterms and a final

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Philip Kim 2012 Fall MW / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Abhay Pasupathy 2012 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Abhay Pasupathy 2011 Spring MW / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Alberto Nicolis 2010 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Alberto Nicolis 2009 Spring MW / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism 2008 Spring MW / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Gustaaf Brooijmans 2007 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Gustaaf Brooijmans 2005 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Gustaaf Brooijmans 2004 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Stefan Westerhoff 2003 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W3007: Electricity-Magnetism Stefan Westerhoff 2002 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1