Professor Ke Zou Reviews
Prof: Ke Zou / Winter 2021
Mar 15, 2021
This course is disorganized, and none of the professors are capable of conveying information properly. Written homework and quizzes are brutal and unforgiving. Concepts are barely covered in class, and the reason for this is because this course follows a flipped classroom structure. You're expected to know everything before class through the pre-readings. This structure might be fine for easier courses, but it's a terrible idea for a challenging course like this one.
If you're gonna take this course, make sure to do the pre-readings. Skip the classes, they're completely useless. You may lose the 3% iclicker marks but considering the amount of time you'll end up wasting for this, it's a worthwhile trade-off.
Prof: Ke Zou / Winter 2020
Mar 16, 2021
For the typical student, this is a terribly taught course. The flipped classroom approach simply does not work as there is too much material too be covered in just a few pre-reading assignments (which tend to be useless). Lectures are very hand-wavy, fail to reinforce concepts, and leave students in the dust if they don't understand something. There tends to be little correlation between homework and textbook questions (at least, not without meticulously going through every question in the book). Unlike PHYS 157, the profs fail to review basic concepts to ensure everyone is on the same page (not everyone takes IB lol). The profs' warning on how PHYS 158 is harder than PHYS 157 is not an excuse for the abysmal course organization and structure.
If you can take PHYS 118 instead, go for it. Like others have said, don't go to lectures if you don't understand what's going on. Refer to YouTube to learn the material and practice textbook / homework questions. Tutorials are useful so do those.