December 15, 2006

Herman, Irving
[APPH 4100] Quantum Physics of Matter

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

This professor goes through thirteen out of sixteen chapters in the textbook...tell me, which professor goes through nearly an ENTIRE textbook in QUANTUM PHYSICS? By the end, there is so much material, it is impossible for undergraduates to master everything. To give you an idea of how much time he probably would have wanted you to devote to this class: half the problems in the homework sets are "extra" problems that undergrads don't do (and graduate students should do because this class is almost catered to them) that USED to be required but Herman made them optional because people were complaining about the insanity of the length of the homeworks. It probably wouldn't be as bad if he actually tried to make us understand the material, which he does but unsuccessfully. So you be the judge: poor pedagogy, biblical amounts of work, and it's quantum physics.

Workload:

if you're very diligent, and start early/work nonstop, or if you're a grad student, it can work out.