E3161 Fluid Mechanics

Jan 2012

In this course professor Waisman focuses mainly on practical applications. His lectures follow the book almost exactly, derivations and all, but the homework problems he assigns are mainly practical. His tests are easy if you understand the homeworks, and he never has any surprises. Most of the time going to class won't help your grade, as long as you can do the homework he assigns, you're good. Many times he even says that we won't have to know the derivations he is doing on the board. He is very nice and approachable and does a pretty good job of communicating. This class could have been way more painful than it was.

Jan 2011

I took Fluid Mechanics with him in Fall 2010. If you want a professor that will hold your hand and walk you through the material, Dasgupta is not it! As the last reviewer said, you will have to teach yourself all of the material. If you have any questions, don't ask him, go straight to Wikipedia. While the TA tries to make life easier, (s)he will point you back to Wikipedia as well. Do yourself a favor and cut out the middle man. He is nice one-on-one but in class, he can be confrontational and rude. I remember an instance when someone tried to ask a question in class and he shouted that they should have gotten said information from the book. Needless to say, we kept questions to a minimum. He gives tons of handouts and the homework is difficult to understand if you actually try to learn it. Tip: The homework consists of reworking the examples with different numbers but very little of the homework appears on the exam. Memorize the derivations and don't worry about understanding the homework problem. Memorize the equations and the steps for deriving them. No formula sheet on exams. Your notes will look like crap when you leave class so compare them with no fewer than two classmates. Let's just say that you learn more from the lab section than him.

Nov 2010

Professor Dasgupta's power of communication is not the strongest. He speaks English, which is sometimes hard to find in science/engineering classes. However, when you ask a question in class, which he does encourage, he probably will misunderstand you. Be prepared to take full charge of your education in his class. He really likes derivations and does not adhere to the book. His homework is reworking examples in the book different data. His assignments do not prepare you for the midterm. There is a lab every other week, straight forward and in a group of six.

Jan 2006

Great Professor. Fair teacher who is genuinely concerned with teaching material. SHe really wants you to be as excited as she is about the subject. Unfortunately this is fliud mechanics, but she tries hard. She brings in demonstrations, shows videos. She also really seems to understand the student. Students can show up late or not at all with no angry glares or remarks. She posts everything online if you miss a day. She even brought cookies to the first lab. There are only 6 labs, about an hour each. They actually work and are relevant, unlike the physics labs. The write ups aren't bad at all since you work in groups and can divide up the work. Homework is due every other week. The midterm is a piece of cake. She refers to it as a quiz and really should be thought of as such. Something like 6 problems taken directly from the 3 homework assignments. She is also the fairest grader I've had. THERE IS NO CURVE in this class. However, the assignments are such that and A is very possible, even an A+ if you're dedicated. It's very much like high school. Very satisfying when most classes have made up curves graded around god knows what. THe final is much tougher, but doable. Enjoy this professor because she is quite good.