December 16, 2003

Evans, Harold
[PHYS C1001] Physics for Poets I

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

I disagree with the other reviewers who found Prof. Evans boring. Maybe if you've already had a decent amount of physics or are taking this class just because it fulfills the science requirement this would be the case. I, having very limited knowledge of physics going in, got exactly what I wanted - a good overview of several major areas of physics w/o too much math involved.
While he's not the best lecturer I've had, he's certainly good. The material is interesting and well chosen. Prof. Evans organizes it well and presents it with enthusiasm. Sometimes he jumps quickly through equations that seemed complicated to me, but this usually just means they won't be on the exam.

While it's not the easiest science requirement sequence, the work isn't bad and the knowledge gained is well worth taking the class. You do need to go to lectures though - just doing the readings probably won't get you through the tests.

Workload:

2 midterms, final, optional paper. Heavy curve, but a wide range of grades.