January 19, 2011

Billinge, Simon
[MSAE E3111] Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics

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

This class turned out way more useful than I initially anticipated. If you're not a quantum physics guru, a lot of the material will go over your head as it did mine. However, if you work on the homework in groups, and truly study as much of the material as you can... you will do fine. I had no material science background, barely remembered physics, and I did surprisingly well. You should go to class all the time though because he doesn't post lectures and moves pretty fast!

We also learned python in the class which wasn't mentioned anywhere. The course had a simultaneous python group project which will turn out fine if the work is distributed.

Workload:

Homework, Group project, two tests, a python test, and a final. A ton of work, but totally do-able and simon is hilarious!