Professor Nader Reviews
Prof: Nader / Spring 2019
Dec 21, 2020
Learn about gears, four body linkages, and other useful things. You'll need a compass and a few other little things to draw the correct angles on paper. Tests include knowing how to draw linkages and their full rotational movement. You go over these in class. Nader does the same "Best two of three" grading for his tests. Homework are worth 10% but are horrible to write out. Be prepared to write 8 pages for a single homework problem. Many of the equations and problems in the material are VERY long. His notes are uploaded to webcourses as well as at least one lecture video (~45 min) per section. Don't let this discourage you though it's a good elective that's fairly easy provided you show up and follow along in class. One of the better electives.
Start the homework ASAP, they take too long to write down and complete. Don't use college ruled books; use quad ruled instead for easier sketching. If you can draw the linkages correctly, that's like half the first two tests. Only people I saw fail were people who didn't show up.
Prof: Nader / Spring 2018
Dec 21, 2020
You either lover Nader or hate him. The material is two steps past statics and it's easy to fall behind. A lot of the material builds on previous material. At least in 2018 and 2019, Nader did a "Best 2 of 3" format for his tests. So get A's on the first two, and you can more or less skip the third and it'll just count the first two. There was no project like there was with statics.
If you can do awesome on the first two tests so you don't have to worry about the third. If you do, the third test seems to be easier anyway. The textbook is useful if you're not understanding the material how he presents it in lecture or online. There's plenty of YouTube channels that explain the material even better. Don't take Nader in summer.