November 18, 2004

Levin, Janna
[PHYS BC1207] Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

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

While Janna Levin is funny, interesting, and cool, she is also a very difficult teacher. There are long homeworks with seven questions (usually each question has four to six parts) that a merciless TA grades. There are long involved proofs in class and slightly shorter proofs that she expects you to know for tests. Her tests are also difficult (expect long involved problems with 4-8 parts) and she doesn't budget time very well. Basically she expects students to be dedicated physics lovers and always seems suprised that we can't immediately see the solution to a proof. If you are looking for a easy A do not take this class because there are a handful of physics majors that mess up the curve (there are only thirty-five or less in a class). If you are looking for a challenging proof driven course, then take this class.

Workload:

Very long weekly homeworks (around three hrs solo work and three hrs of group work=6hrs total). Of course there are some people who manage to do it in 2 hrs (usually physics majors). 3 quizzes (study like hell for them and know ALL the concepts). midterm + final (hard and very conceptual, get ready to do proofs with differential equations). She does however curve--somehow a 50 average was computed to a B, but the class average was pretty low. . . . well except for the 5 or so physic majors that had 90 averages.