Teoretisk fysiks kursutväderingar


Resultat av: Statistical mechanics for non-equilibrium systems, SI2520, vt 2011

Status: Avslutad
Publicerad under: 2011-03-30 - 2011-04-11
Antal svar: 7
Procent av kursdeltagarna som svarat: 46%
Kontaktperson: Jack Lidmar

What is your overall impression of the course?

7 svarande

Very positive2 28%
Positive5 71%
Neutral0 0%
Negative0 0%
Very negative0 0%

How difficult did you find the course?

7 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult4 57%
Average3 42%
Easy0 0%
Very easy0 0%

- Some topics where particularly difficult, like the functional integrals' approach. But I think there is a good balance between accessible and challenging topics. (Difficult)

Was the teacher good at explaining things?

7 svarande

Very good3 42%
Good4 57%
Average0 0%
Bad0 0%
Very bad0 0%

- The teacher had always a very open attitude when it came to answering questions and explaining. (Very good)
- The lectures and lecture notes provided a very good introduction and summary of the most important concepts. (Good)

Would you rather have a book than lecturenotes?

7 svarande

Yes2 28%
No5 71%

- Both. (Yes)
- I worked with many of the recommended literature, but I particularly liked LeBellac, so that could be a valid choice according to me. (Yes)
- The lecture notes were very good, but it would be nice if they were computer written. (No)
- but more structured lecture notes would be better, for example taking some time to explain: we will first prove this and then this and with these tools we can describe this very easily and that is useful because the normal way is very complicated. So give a bit a wider picture of where we are. (No)

Did you look up things in the reference litterature?

7 svarande

Never2 28%
Sometimes3 42%
Often2 28%

- I only used the lecture notes and google while solving the homework problems. (Never)
- used the origional kubo article and some 'google books' or articles that i found online. (Sometimes)

How would you rate the difficulty of the problem sets?

7 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult5 71%
Average2 28%
Easy0 0%
Very easy0 0%

- In general, the sets had average problems, and some more challenging points, which seems a fair distribution. The system of having the first set corrected in advance was extremely useful. (Difficult)
- They were challenging but of reasonable difficulty. (Difficult)
- I think that the difficulty level was good; challenging but not impossible. (Average)

How much time did you spend for solving the problems compared to other courses?

7 svarande

Much more0 0%
Somewhat more3 42%
Average4 57%
Somewhat less0 0%
Much less0 0%

To follow the course, my prerequisites have been ..

7 svarande

More than enough0 0%
Enough7 100%
Not enough0 0%

Did the course meet your expectations?

7 svarande

Yes, to a large extent1 14%
Yes, to some extent5 71%
I do not know1 14%
No0 0%

Are there any topics not included in the course that you would like to have covered? Or are there any topics you would like to see more / less emphasis on?

- The last part on systems far away from equilibrium should be very interesting to know more about.
- I would personally prefer a larger emphasis on applications or hands-on examples rather than the very theoretical exposition given in the course.
- the frequency analysis is ok but it would be even more clear why we do it if the teacher explains why

Comments and suggestions on how to improve the course

- Although I think that both the course material and the homework problems were good my general experience is that I learn more when studying for an exam. My suggestion would be to decide upon a course book, provide the homework problems with solutions as complementary excercises and to examine the course by a traditional exam.
- The last lectures on linear response theory were to short. While I understood everything before, I could hardly follow lectures 12-14. The basic ideas were not always clear, and the mathematical steps too fast. Everything before was very good.

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