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Nadav Bruchiel profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
Probably the best MOOC I took out of dozens! the material is insightful and well developed and the Prof. is clear, amusing and fascinating!
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Richard Kirkpatrick profile image
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5 years, 6 months ago
Everyone is probably familiar with MIT Professor Walter Lewin and his awesome lectures on Physics. After watching a few of Dr. Lewin's lectures, I was wondering how Dr. Hafner from RiceX would measure up. Bo... Everyone is probably familiar with MIT Professor Walter Lewin and his awesome lectures on Physics. After watching a few of Dr. Lewin's lectures, I was wondering how Dr. Hafner from RiceX would measure up. Bottom Line: Dr. Hafner exceeded my expectations. I took Physics II in college about 5 years ago so I wanted to re-learn the fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism. I was very surprised on how much I was able to learn from Dr. Hafner. With Dr. Hafner, there was rarely a dull moment. He was very funny which kept the class interesting. For example, he taught the class in high heels for one segment; in another video, he demonstrated the applications of the Faraday cage by sticking his tongue towards an electric arc. But more importantly, he thoroughly explained the concepts, theory and application of Physics II. There were several topics such as conductors that included additional material that you typically do not receive in other Physics courses. Dr. Hafner provided adequate lecture notes, examples, and resources for students to succeed in this course. In addition, Dr. Hafner did not make the class over challenging for those that are not very familiar or experts with Physics II. The online forums were very helpful. Dr. Hafner and his TA's were always providing help to students. Once student in particular, Grove, was a Community TA and helped numerous students when they had difficulty with the material. In my personal opinion, it is passionate students like Grove that really make free online learning an enjoyable experience. My only dislike for this course was that the online setting did not allow for partial credit on homework problems. For example, if you had the problem setup correctly but forgot a negative sign or misconverted on units, the problem was still marked incorrect. Fortunately, there was a balance of easy and difficult problems that usually cancelled this out. However, I would like to see the edX community address this issue in some way for classes such as Physics. One last thing about the course is that it is not as challenging as the Physics courses taught by MIT. While this was not a problem for me, if you are a genius or just absolutely love Physics, this course might not be challenging enough for you. However, I would still highly recommend this to all students.
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