Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: course 1A, Mathematics 31B, 32A. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 32B. Fluid mechanics, oscillation, mechanical waves, and sound. Electric charge, field and potential, capacitors, and dielectrics. Currents and resistance, direct-current circuits. P/NP or letter grading.

Review Summary

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    Quarter Taken: Spring 2023 In-Person
    Grade: A

    Professor Hauser is amazing - he really is there to help everyone learn and wants everyone to succeed in the class. That being said, his class is not necessarily super *easy* but is definitely on the easier side of Physics 1 series professors.
    - There is no exam score replacement, and there are 4 "midterms" (read: unit exams) that contribute 5-15% towards your grade each and a final. All exams were very fair and you were given an equation sheet, of which almost all questions only used one or two equations per part, though there was a minor time crunch. The A- grade cutoff was still at 90% so you had to consistently perform very well to get an A, but 30% of the class still got an A or A+ so it's definitely doable. The professor curved some exams upward if the average/median was below 80% or if there was a score difference between exam versions.
    - There is required homework in Mastering as well as a weekly discussion sheet, which in theory made discussion mandatory, but in practice, it was posted and submitted online so many people didn't go anyway.
    - Lectures were a bit slow and not too many examples were given in class, but he *loves* to do demos with one practically every single lecture. Professor Hauser just follows the textbook almost to a T, so I ended up just reading the textbook. Lectures were recorded and he also posted very nice lecture notes that were really easy to understand, so I just cross referenced the lecture notes against the textbook for my studying.

    Quarter Taken: Spring 2023 In-Person
    Grade: N/A

    It was easier than the other physics classes but there’s no curve so you have to pull your weight.


Jay Hauser
Previously taught
23S 21F

Grading Information

  • No group projects

  • Attendance not required

  • 3 midterms

  • Finals week final

  • 100% recommend the textbook

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