PHYS110

Introductory Physics I

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Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Fall 2017

Mar 19, 2021

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Difficult course that is overly theory-driven. Laidlaw is clearly knowledgeable and wrote the course's textbook but does a poor job of relating the material to understandable examples. Most of the lectures were going over complex proofs rather than giving lasting physics intuition.

Advice

Do your best to understand the calculus and algebra behind each proof. Don't be discouraged if you do poorly; this course does not represent physics courses well (they get easier).

Grade: B+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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3.3OK Class
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3Kinda Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Fall 2020

Apr 5, 2021

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Very time consuming course because there is a lot of content to cover. Some interesting content, but it's mostly review if you took physics in high school. Definitely recommend it because taking this class opens so many doors to further STEM courses.

Advice

Practice often and start on assignments early. The book of Worked Examples is your friend.

Grade: AAttendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Spring 2021

Mar 19, 2021

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Honestly one of the worst course I have ever taken. Laidlaw skips steps in his algebra in his lecture videos and overcomplicate things. Also the workload is appalling. Do NOT take this if you can avoid it.

Advice

Just don't take it.

Grade: Not sure yetAttendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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5Amazing Prof

Prof: Laidlaw / Fall 2020

Jul 19, 2022

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Somewhat difficult class, but not too hard to do well in if you study.

Course Content

Content is mostly stuff seen in Physics 11/12, but with calculus.

Comments on the professor

Laidlaw's actually pretty funny (*extremely dry* though); course is on the harder side but he does a pretty decent job of teaching the material. If you come to class and do the homework you'll be fine; otherwise, you're screwed.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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2Bad Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
4Useful

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Fall 2020

Sep 10, 2021

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The material itself is not too difficult as it is just like the BC physics 12 curriculum, but the videos were full of proofs and the examples are too easy. The most challenging aspect is that there is no resource for similar quiz problems so you just find yourself redoing somehow easy problems done in lecture videos that don’t really correlate with the difficulty of the quizzes and final exam.

Comments on the professor

Laidlaw is nice in office hours and pretty helpful. However, he mostly replies with mean comments via emails. His response time to emails is very long so don’t expect fast response.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: B+Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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4Good Class
2Hard
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Fall 2019

Sep 10, 2021

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Critical knowledge for engineering, questions can be tricky but if you put your mind to it you can do it. The tests will put pressure on you but are doable.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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2.7OK Class
2Hard
2Boring
4Useful

Prof: Laidlaw / Fall 2019

Apr 6, 2021

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Laidlaw is hard on his students, pretty dull, but also gets the job done, most people don't like him because he tells it as it is. If you have a basic understanding of Physics 12, this class is just Physics 12 (BC Curriculum) with a third dimension.

Advice

Make sure you understand how to do the homework questions.

Grade: C+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: No
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1.3Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Laidlaw / Spring 2021

Mar 23, 2021

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This class is TOUGH and it’s incredibly time consuming. If you have no physics background prepare to study you ass off haha. The labs are very long however if you start early they are doable. The lectures are not that bad tbh. I would argue some of the examples r fairly useful. However, the biggest issue I ran into were the tests amd grading scheme. You have roughly 6 minutes per question and once you submit the answer you cannot change it, or go back to the previous questions. NO PARTIAL CREDIT IS GIVEN. If it’s wrong, you get a 0 which makes for averages around 5/10 most of the time. Even if your off by a decimal or two, you get a zero.

Advice

Break this class up throughout the week and honestly spend as much time as possible on the material. This class sucks but it’s one of those you just have to deal with.

Grade: DAttendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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2.7OK Class
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3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Fall 2019

Mar 20, 2021

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This was a very tough course if you aren't already a physics buff. You have to be very dedicated and genuinely interested. Tests were difficult. The textbook seemed to help somewhat. And the labs were quite difficult but asking for help is probably the best way if you have a decent TA.

Advice

Go to office hours. He's nicer than you think and will talk to you for hours about physics and other stuff. He was really helpful when I asked questions because I was dedicated to get through this course. He enjoys helping students. He comes off as arrogant sometimes, it's just his personality.

Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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2.3Bad Class
4Easy
1Very Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Geoffrey M. Steeves / Fall 2019

Mar 20, 2021

Comments on the course

Proff is great, though barely saw him.

Advice

no need to go to class you can learn everything by yourself just repeat questions (subscribe to WNY tutor on youtube) VERY HELPFUL take this when your fresh from high school, not in your 3th, 4th year worst mistake.

Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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4.7Amazing Class
4Easy
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: Mark Laidlaw / Spring 2021

Mar 19, 2021

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Laidlaw makes detailed videos and walks you through everything. Even though the course is online during the pandemic, he demonstrates the labs and gives out tips as he comes across challenges. The objectives are clear. The calculus is simple and straightforward. He shows different methods of solving scenarios. If you find yourself stuck, there's typically a solved example in the textbook to work from. Out of all my courses so far, I felt that this was the only course that was "taught" (in that all the materials and instruction I needed were provided). The biweekly quizzes are far less stressful than midterms. Btw the workload is nothing compared to Math100/101.

Advice

Physics makes way more sense with calculus. Skip 102, do 110 or 120.

Grade: A+Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Optional
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4Good Class
4Easy
5Very Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Laidlaw / Spring 2021

Mar 19, 2021

Comments on the course

It's a tough course with really low averages, but I thought Laidlaw was good, I liked hid vids, thought the quizzes were fair, and he was a pretty entertaining prof. The labs are way too long but they give out good marks for them if you do them right. The grading for the quizzes was tough since it was one-directional tests and not multiple choice, but they are scaled a bit.

Advice

Do ALL the review questions before a quiz. Start the labs ahead of time. No need to go to the live lectures.

Grade: A+Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: No

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