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with Michael Durst10 months ago

I really enjoyed taking this class. The course offered a nice variety of topics, which kept things interesting, but moved at a pace that was not overwhelming. Professor Durst was really incredible and made lectures interesting and interactive. He was very generous with grades (grace period on most assignments, drop lowest homework and midterm grades, etc.) and his exams and homework assignments were very fair. He really went out of his way to set us up for success which allowed us to focus more on engaging with the course material, making for a very enjoyable experience overall.

I really enjoyed taking this class. The course offered a nice variety of topics, which kept things interesting, but moved at a pace that was not overwhelming. Professor Durst was really incredible and made lectures interesting and interactive. He was very generous with grades (grace period on most assignments, drop lowest homework an …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
3hrs / week Average difficulty High value Would take again
with Michael Durst4 months ago

Definitely on the easier side for a physics course, but it felt to me as though Professor Durst knew that and purposely made the exams challenging to compensate. But still relatively easy to do well if you really understand the material and review your problem sets before the exams. The lab was a lot of fun and loved that there were no real lab write-ups after the class period! I found the lecture a bit boring but Professor Durst clearly tries his best to make it engaging, and he records everything so you don't necessarily have to show up to every lecture.

Definitely on the easier side for a physics course, but it felt to me as though Professor Durst knew that and purposely made the exams challenging to compensate. But still relatively easy to do well if you really understand the material and review your problem sets before the exams. The lab was a lot of fun and loved that there were …Read more

Fair GradingDifficult Exams
3hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would take again
with Michael Durst4 months ago

Professor Durst really cares about the material and explained it in ways which made sense. The class isn't too bad, as all exams are very similar to homework problems and therefore easy to study for. Only one homework assignment per week which usually took about 2 hours.

Fast-PacedFair Grading
1hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Anne Goodsell11 months ago

Although the material of this class is dense and difficult, Professor Goodsell took the intimidation away from the subject. Her teaching style is very direct and she uses as many real life examples as possible to help assist learning. She was also very accommodating in office hours and she genuinely wanted students to succeed. I took this class for a pre-med requirement and I am very happy I was able to take it with Professor Goodsell.

Although the material of this class is dense and difficult, Professor Goodsell took the intimidation away from the subject. Her teaching style is very direct and she uses as many real life examples as possible to help assist learning. She was also very accommodating in office hours and she genuinely wanted students to succeed. I took …Read more

Fast-PacedLots of HomeworkFair Grading
5hrs / week Very difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Michael Durst4 months ago

I took this course to satisfy my pre-med requirements. I am not a physics person, and I was a bit worried before going into this class. The exams are similar the homework and aren't horrible but also aren't particularly easy. In all, the class is doable if you put in effort. Though it is easier than other physics courses taught at Middlebury, that doesn't mean it's easy. Do the readings and the extra practice problems he gives and you'll do well.

I took this course to satisfy my pre-med requirements. I am not a physics person, and I was a bit worried before going into this class. The exams are similar the homework and aren't horrible but also aren't particularly easy. In all, the class is doable if you put in effort. Though it is easier than other physics courses taught at Mi …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingDifficult Exams
5hrs / week Some difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Anne Goodsell9 months ago

If you have the chance to take a class with Prof. Goodsell, DO IT. Not only does she have a knack for explaining confusing concepts, she is also one of the kindest professors out there. She is fantastic with accommodations and genuinely wants her students to succeed. While I wasn’t that interested in the course material, Goodsell made this class a pleasure to be in.

Fast-PacedFair GradingLots of Homework
3hrs / week Average difficulty High value Would take again
with Michael Durst10 months ago

This course had been great. It is WAY easier than other physics courses and really a no-brainer if you pay attention in lectures and study a little bit before exams. Also prof. Durst is a wonderful guy and clearly very passionate about his work.

Chill and RelaxedLots of HomeworkFair Grading
3hrs / week Very low difficulty High value Would take again
with Michael Durst10 months ago

Professor Durst was nice. The lab format and material is fun. The grading policy isn't great; 33% midterm and 33% final. The average on our first midterm was a 60%. Its hard to get an A in this course

Difficult ExamsTough GradingFast-Paced
6hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would take again
with Michael Durst10 months ago

There were homework problem sets every week. There are also labs each week which are pretty interesting. The exams are not too difficult if you study for them. Sometimes there are demos that are related to the lectures during class time.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
7hrs / week Average difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Anne Goodselllast year

I really loved professor goodsell. She was lovely and enthusiastic. The workload was manageable and she was very accessible in office hours. Exams were doable and she was also great with accommodations.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingDifficult Exams
4hrs / week Average difficulty High value Would take again
with Anne Goodselllast year

This is the most relaxed of the three intro physics courses and has a relatively light workload. Prof. Goodsell is pretty easy on grading although there is quite a lot of homework. Labs are pretty easy and generally you can be out of lab early.

Chill and RelaxedLots of HomeworkEasy Grading
5hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again