January 13, 2009

Conrad, Janet Silver_nugget
[PHYS C1001] Physics for Poets I

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

In a nutshell:

- The powerpoints are informative and clear enough, and Conrad is a capable enough lecturer, that I never opened my book
- The workload is minimal, but I still learned a huge amount of brain-stretching material
- The concepts are relevant to the lives of everyone who lives in this universe (i.e. physics is incredible)
- Conrad passes out physics toys about once a month (I still have my diffraction grating glasses!)
-NO CALCULUS.*

I highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone who hasn't taken a college-level physics course

*Conrad occasionally adds more advanced or complicated math to the powerpoints, but she usually flips through the slides really quickly in class, and we weren't tested on any of it. For people (like me) who know calculus and just get really angry at math homework, this means you can understand some of the concepts mathematically as well!

Workload:

Optional weekly problem sets (I did zero and still did really well), weekly quizzes (basically repeats of the problem sets), and a midterm and final, both of which are very predictable and fair (and not particularly challenging if you've shown up to at least half your classes).

Extra credit for showing up to class and answering the question of the day on an index card.