professor
Georgia Karagiorgi

May 2021

The one thing I would like to emphasize is that Georgia DOES NOT answer her emails...prepare to be ghosted. If you have any questions, go to OH. I essentially agree with the student's review below, but Georgia isn't that terrible of a teacher. Since she's relatively new to teaching, I don't think she has grasped what she needs to teach in order for students to understand physics. She proves formulas in the book (provides the skeleton), but doesn't do many examples or any examples at all of those concepts (no muscle). Without muscles the skeleton can't move. However, she is mostly helpful during OH, as she goes over some examples/hw problems. Make sure to ask her to pull out her iPad, not just talk cause it doesn't make sense when she's just speaking. I personally hated the weekly quizzes, but I would say that I felt less stressed about the midterms than I would have if there weren't any quizzes. You have to understand the hw problems in order to figure out the questions on the quizzes. Don't just memorize hw solutions.

Apr 2021

Georgia is nice and all but she's a terrible teacher. AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COSTS. Even if you aren't all that good at physics, take Dodd. Her classes are all about proving concepts that are already in the book and doing no helpful examples in class. She doesn't give practice tests for any of the midterms/final. There's weekly quizzes that are worth 30% of your grade. She sends some practice problems, but no required homework, which is kind of unhelpful because you spend more time studying for the quizzes themselves than actually understanding the concepts in depth doing helpful homework. The quizzes take up class time which forces her to go faster through the material. In the end you have to end up teaching yourself. You have two midterms plus the final and she drops the lowest midterm grade. Your midterm and final are worth 35% each.

May 2020

While she’s nice enough, Prof. Karagiorgi isn’t a good professor. I didn’t really like her lecture style; she focused too much on proving concepts rather than working out examples, a pattern which continued even after she solicited feedback about it. She can also be terribly slow when it comes to responding to emails and Piazza posts, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on that because it was during COVID-19. Normally, I would recommend another professor if you’re required to take the class, but since Zelevinsky has been the only other option for 1402 in recent years (and because she doesn’t have a great reputation either), you’re probably going to have to teach yourself regardless. As for the actual course, E&M can get tough if this is your first time seeing the material. Even though the course syllabus says you only need Calculus II as a prerequisite, I would still recommend having some exposure to relevant topics from Multivariable Calculus (i.e. 3D coordinate system, dot/cross product and right hand rule, line integrals, etc.) beforehand. That way, you won’t have the extra burden of learning the math along with the physics, and it’ll be easier to develop intuition. Unlike Mechanics, it’s much harder to visualize the scenarios in E&M because you’re dealing with more abstract concepts, so intuition becomes a necessity to do well on the exams.