December 05, 2004

Evans, Harold
[PHYS C1001] Physics for Poets I

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

Other reviewers have been unjustly harsh on Professor Evans. He is surely not the most scintillating professor I have ever had, and his lectures include a lot of math for what is billed as a non-math course, but he genuinely tries to teach. His lectures are well-organized and he gives every question from students a great deal of respect. If you have taken physics before or know a lot about it, of course you will be bored, but that is the price of being lazy and retaking a subject just to get an A. I myself was bored when we covered things I already knew, but after a few weeks we moved into more advanced material and I was fascinated.

Workload:

Not bad at all; all problem sets and most readings are optional, although Evans may reccomend that you read towards the end to make up for material he hasn't had time to cover. Tests definitely require studying, but for the math-challenged, they include few calculations. For those who do badly on the tests, there is an optional research paper.
Labs tend to be very basic, uninspiring but not difficult.