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Computer Engineering
Dummerston VT

University Physics at RIT

Josh Kramer on Wednesday, 23 September 2009. Posted in Academic Calendar, Coursework, Majors & Minors

I don't know much about the RIT Physics department.I'm sure that the professors are brilliant and their graduates are well respected in their field. However, the way that physics is taught to future engineers, in my opinion, needs some serious improvement.

Engineers are required to take 3 quarters, or 1 year, of a class called University Physics. At most colleges, there is University Physics and College Physics. College Physics is algebra based, and is the most ever taught in high school. University Physics is calculus based, and is needed by engineers for more complex and real-world physics calculations. I appreciate the need to learn the material, but all three teachers that I have had don't do a good job teaching it. I would venture to guess that none of the physics teachers wan't to teach the lower level classes.

I am not bashing my program, or saying that the Physics department is horrible. I'm just saying that my experience with the way the University Physics (UP) sequence is taught hasn't been good. I'm taking my third out of three classes of UP, and then will get on to the fun stuff - Electrical Engineering!