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Eric G

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I'm enjoying this course much more than the "stare at a professor talking" offerings around many MOOCs. It's enjoyable to hear the professor in a real- world setting giving his lecture in a real classroom (complete with ambient sounds). This gives me the impression that this is "real world" and not just made for the web. The content is easy to follow and presented well. The first peer assessment was a lot of fun to complete and didn't take much time at all. I managed to complete it in one afternoon, and parsed the data the next day. I'm really enjoying this class and am looking forward to each new week. My only real issue is the same I have for all Coursera and edX courses...TERRIBLE discussion forums. The format is simply unusable...InvisionFree (which is really bad) is better than this.
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This is an excellent "refresher" course for those who have a history background, as well as a good introduction for those interested in the study of the modern world and how we got to where we are. It's fast paced, covers a lot of material, yet is not the kind of detail oriented course that can scare some folks off. I'm enjoying it immensely. There are no writing assignments, and the quizzes each week cover the material in the videos, so there is virtually no need to do any outside reading. \---My standard critique of all of these MOOCs... My only real issue is the same I have for all Coursera and edX courses...TERRIBLE discussion forums. The format is simply unusable...InvisionFree (which is really bad) is better than this.
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I had to drop this one...I have a small background in classical mechanics and a little calculus. I thought I could handle this. I was way off. This course is for people who have VERY strong backgrounds in both classical mechanics, calculus, and a basic understanding of everything physics. The Professor is amazing and very entertaining, but the lectures and the textbook are designed for people who are well versed in the topics already. I had tried to follow the previous course (8.01) via OCW so I could catch up, and I suppose it's possible if this is the ONLY MOOC course you are taking, but if you have no previous EM knowledge, and you have little calculus then this one might be a bit over your head. If it's offered again, I'll make sure I'm not taking anything else so I can focus ALL of my time on it. I've found this true with all edX courses so far.