August 06, 2014

Marka, Szabolcs
[PHYS C1001] Physics for Poets I

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

This class was a very strange class. I would recommend taking it if you're looking for an easy way to fulfill a science requirement and do not have a genuine interest in the material. Attendance is pretty much optional and in my opinion not necessary, The only times i went to class were to force myself to do the reading for another class that i had immediately after that, but other than that there was no point. And i really did try for about the first month.

The format of the class is pretty much some sort of experiment that usually doesn't work done by Marka and his assistant, this takes about 10-15 minutes then for the rest of the class he just goes through slides, many which have the word optional written across them, therefore REALLY discouraging me from paying any attention at all.

there were suppose to be problem sets due very two weeks but it took him about two months to actually get that going and the homeworks were long but you could mostly look up everything online. There were 3 midterms which he failed to evenly space out so towards the end of the semester it felt like we were having a midterm every two weeks, The midterms were mostly based off of questions in the practice given beforehand and the material seemed pretty basic, but I had never taken any sort of physics class before so I had no idea what the answers were if the answer wasn't previously given to me on the practice. Don't bother purchasing the textbook for this class, it is completely useless and won't help at all. Cheat Sheets allowed on all midterms anyway so you could put the practice exams on there.

overall, the material isn't easy if you haven't taken physics before but the class also has a bizarre curve that pretty much ensures that everyone does well.

Workload:

very light. everything can be done the night before