course
Transport I

Oct 2013

If you are a ChemE major then you probably have to take this class. So this is adressed to people who have the option of not taking it. In terms of material this class is much more a ODE/PDE class than it is a Transport Phenomena one. Professor McNeill doesnt really give the physical significance of any of the equations and even the problem sets dont require much of a knowledge of the physics of TP and is basically Math that is too complex for any one at this level to understand The lecture style is quite dry. Like 'here is a bunch of differential equations that I am going to write on the board and read out while I am writing and you have to copy them down.' That being said sometimes she attempts at an explanation of what is going on. But its much less of that. The HWks and exams are pretty hard and youre going to need to go to TA hours to solve them. SHe definitely does not give enough practice to prepare you for the exam. And there is quite a huge rift between what comes in the exam and whats on the homework. She is kind of funny though and has a dry sense of humor that can be pretty hilarious sometimes. Otherwise she really does not do a good job of teaching something that is kind of non-intuitive to grasp for people in the first place. I made it a point to understand Transport Phenomena of my own accord but this class and prof Faye definitely didnt help. Vivian was more of a glorified note reader than a teacher and for all of that the class isnt easy to score in either. I would recommend that if another class can be taken, take that one otherwise goodluck. Youre probably going to have to youtube/khanacademy most of the material in any case

Sep 2010

This class was mostly interesting but the lectures could be quite dry. Most of Professor Hill's lectures were spent deriving formulas, which seemed like a waste of time. Make sure you go to class or get the notes from someone reliable when you can't make it. The book was kind of useful, but mostly really difficult to shove through; at least lecture made it easier to digest. Homeworks were the most awful part of this course as they took up a LOT of time, and didn't add any value. I never felt like I learned anything from the homework because it was mostly pages and pages and pages of algebra... I felt like the class had so much potential, but most of it was lost. Professor Hill, though, I have to say, was extremely enthusiastic about teaching and really takes his job seriously. He's not like most other Columbia professors who only care about their research and regard their students as useless. Professor Pacheco, while extremely nice, is a little tough to understand sometimes and might not have been the best teacher. It was her first semester, so that makes sense. To compensate, she did give really good handouts which we were allowed to bring to exams. I would also suggest participating in this class and asking questions whenever you don't understand. Treat the recitation section as mandatory. Make sure you don't schedule a class during that time. The professors basically treat it as lecture/review and go through slightly different stuff sometimes. Both professors are extremely nice and really really care about their students. Their teaching style could use a little work. If you're a chemical engineer, you have no choice but to take this class, but at least you can know what to expect. Good luck!

Sep 2006

There was definitely more than 1 A in the Fall 2005 Transport I class.

Apr 2006

i thought he was actually pretty good. it took me a while to get used to his style which i found to be basically understanding the required sections in bird (the book) very well. i don't know about the truth of that one A in the whole class bit as one review said below. just get used to his style (i.e. the book), and the class may be pretty straight forward.