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[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

December 30, 2020

Grossman, Rebecca
[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

PREMEDS DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS take physics at Columbia instead. The exams were impossible and did not reflect what we learned in class. Becky offered regrades for each assignment/exam but even with those, it is difficult to do well in the class. You need to have a natural inclination to physics/actually like it for this class not to completely destroy your self-esteem and GPA. Becky is really nice and I think she really cares about us understanding the material (hence the opportunity for regrades by submitting a video explanation, and all her office hours) but I don't think her teaching really got through to me or other students enough for us to do well on the exams she made. Each exam has 3 multiple part questions and each was worth 25 points. Sometimes the average score for a question was under 10/25 :/ idk Becky is really nice and she cares about us understanding the content but I definitely regret taking this class solely for the difficulty of the exams

Workload:

2 weekly problem sets, one graded for completion and another for content
4 exams - 3 multiple part questions each

April 18, 2018

Mukherjee, Reshmi Silver_nugget
[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

Professor Mukherjee is super sweet and clearly so intelligent, but she is not the best lecturer. She is very scatter brained and explains things in a pretty unclear way. The class isn’t that challenging, but you will not learn a lot of physics. If you have no physics background, it will be hard. The quizzes only test the easiest problems from the problem sets. If you memorize the first problem from each problem set, you will be set for the quizzes. It’s not too hard to get a good grade in the class without learning a lot.

Workload:

About 10 problem sets that aren’t due for a grade, 6 quizzes and she’ll drop the lowest one, two midterms, and a final. There’s the option to have the final count for all of your grade. If you take the accompanying lab, lab counts for 20% of your grade.

December 21, 2016

Mukherjee, Reshmi Silver_nugget
[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

Professor Mukherjee is the best!! She is brilliant, super devoted to her students, has tons of office hours, and is always willing to give extra help outside of class time. What I admire most about professor Mukherjee is the clarity of her expectations– she will never surprise you on a final with trick questions, and will always tell you the concepts you need to know.

Workload:

This class doesn't have much of a workload, just a problem set with about 10 problems each week. There are regular quizzes and tests, which are set up as checkpoints for key concepts.
There's no way around the fact that this is an easy class, if you're willing to put in any effort. It's really all about effort with professor Mukherjee– she will make the time for you, so if you want to improve your performance in her class you just need to show up to her problem solving sessions. She's a very fair grader.

January 25, 2013

Mukherjee, Reshmi Silver_nugget
[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

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

Even though she isn't a very good teacher... she is such a nice person that I let it all slide. That being said, this course would be alot easier if you come in with alot of preparation in physics and math.... She is friendly and tries to cater to everyone....
I recommend her because of her grading style not because of her ability to teach (or should I say Inability to teach) ....
Basically there are four quizzes, three of which equal a midterm
There is one midterm
There is homework 10%
and a final.

You can FAIL (literally) everything... and ace the final.... & you will get an A in the class.

The catch to this is.... her midterm and quizzes are a breeze compared to her final.... HER FINAL IS HARD! PERIOD. But never fear for their have been individuals before who have overcome it and gotten an A. Like I said the more preparation you come in with the less you will have to worry....

Assuming you don't do that great on the final she will determine your grade by the regular percentages of everything in the course breakdown....

Workload:

Four quizzes
One Midterm
10 Homework Assignments
One Difficult Final

Doable.... but not a breeze.

January 25, 2012

Mukherjee, Reshmi Silver_nugget
[PHYS BC2001] Mechanics

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

Professor Mukherjee is really laid back and has a calming voice. Put another way, she doesn't care a ton about this class, and I always wanted to fall asleep during her lectures. This is to say, my opinion of Dr. Mukherjee completely depended on my mood.
Her research is really interesting, and she's a really cool person, having worked and NASA and also being a mother and all that. And she's very nice: she genuinely does not think that people who fail to grasp basic Mechanics are stupid. But she does not explain things as clearly as Dr. Savin, the lab instructor.
The way to learn physics is to work out problems, so it doesn't really matter what your professor is like. I don't know why physics lectures exist at all. They are completely worthless. What you need to know is that this is not a very hard class. If you learn about five equations, and are really able to use them, you will do well.

Workload:

Not a lot, but she graded the final WAY harder than any problem set, quiz, or the midterm. The lab is useless busy work, but it doesn't take long to learn what they're looking for in the reports.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lecture Reshmi Mukherjee 2012 Fall TR / 10:10-11:25 AM 2
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lecture + Lab Reshmi Mukherjee 2012 Fall TR / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lab Stiliana Savin 2012 Fall / 3
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lecture + Lab Janna Levin 2010 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lab Stiliana Savin 2010 Fall / 3
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lecture Janna Levin 2010 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lab Janna Levin 2009 Fall / 3
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lec Greg Bryan 2009 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lec + Lab Greg Bryan 2009 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lec + Lab Reshmi Mukherjee 2008 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lab Reshmi Mukherjee 2008 Fall / 3
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics: Mechanics Lec Reshmi Mukherjee 2008 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics Lab: Mechanics Lec Stiliana Savin 2006 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
PHYB / PHYS PHYB PHYS BC2001: Mechanics Lab: Mechanics Lec + Lab Stiliana Savin 2006 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1