Teoretisk fysiks kursutväderingar


Resultat av: Special Relativity, SI2371, ht 2015

Status: Avslutad
Publicerad under: 2016-01-15 - 2016-01-29
Antal svar: 15
Procent av kursdeltagarna som svarat: 60%
Kontaktperson: Mattias Blennow

What is your overall impression of the course?

15 svarande

Very positive10 66%
Postive5 33%
Negative0 0%
Very negative0 0%

- The lectures were clear and the exercise sessions very useful. I like the method of asking questions to the students to keep them active and to have feedbacks from them. (Very positive)
- This course was very interesting. (Very positive)
- The lecture notes were good, far better than the book. Whenever I asked questions to the lecturer he replied in a decent manner. (Postive)

How would you rate the overall difficulty of the course?

15 svarande

Very high1 6%
High14 93%
Low0 0%
Very low0 0%

- Intuition är svårt att använda sig av, vilket försvårar mycket! (High)
- The course was not easy, but challenging. (High)
- There are a few parts more difficult than the others, e.g tensor formalism with lots of indices but it was at least mainly understood at the end of the course. (High)

How did you find the lectures?

15 svarande

Very good6 40%
Good9 60%
Poor0 0%
Very poor0 0%
Did not participate enough to have an opinion0 0%

- I really liked the "review questions" at the beginning of the course and after the break. (Very good)
- I didn't like just some details: in the relativistic electrodynamics part, some tensor calculations (like the one that leads to the stress-energy tensor for example) were not so clear. I had to read them several times on the book in order to get something. (Good)

How did you find the exercise classes?

15 svarande

Very good10 66%
Good3 20%
Poor1 6%
Very poor0 0%
Did not participate1 6%

- Daniel makes it seem easy! (Very good)
- The exercises was good but pretty different from those we had in the Test exam and in the exam. (Good)
- I hate this way to teach exercices : giving the subject and solving it for the class. Why don't you give us those exercices one week before, we work on them and ask you question, and then you correct them ? Good point : the teacher ! Even if the way to teach is boring and pointless for me, he did it the best way possible ! (Poor)

Has there been much overlap with other courses?

15 svarande

Far too much overlap0 0%
Some overlap - mostly unnecessary0 0%
Some overlap - but useful as repetition12 80%
No overlap3 20%

How did you find the test exam?

15 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult13 86%
Easy2 13%
Very easy0 0%
Did not try to solve it0 0%

- It was a good training for the exam. The exercises of the test exam were difficult when I tried to solve them for the first time, but if I look back now they seem much easier. (Difficult)
- The exercises were interesting. (Easy)

What is your opinion about the course homepage and the general administration of the course?

15 svarande

Very good9 60%
Good6 40%
Poor0 0%
Very poor0 0%

How did you find the course literature?

15 svarande

Very good3 20%
Good7 46%
Bad4 26%
Very bad1 6%

- I found that the SR section of the GR book (Cheng) more to my liking! (Good)
- Very concise, but complete. (Good)
- The litterature is a little hard to follow especially because of the lack of examples and graphs. Also because there is no solution manual/answer in which one can understand where the fault lies. (Bad)
- If it was possible to have some correction to the exercices (even after the session !), and not hand-written... it would be nice ! (Bad)
- För lite härledningar och för mycket text + avancerad engelska. Men har förstått att boken är en klassiker. (Bad)
- The lecture notes were far better, specially when the electromagnetic rank 2 field tensor was discussed. (Bad)

What activities did you find most useful for learning the course material? (Check all you consider relevant)

15 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

Attending lectures13 86%
Attending exercise classes11 73%
Solving the test exam14 93%
Solving problems in the course litterature1 6%
Self-study using the course litterature5 33%
Self-study using other resources (please comment)4 26%
Other (please comment)3 20%

- Going through old exams
- Old exams/test exams
- Using previous exams
- Tentaplugg! Superbra lösningsförslag, dock lite slarvfel ibland.
- Old exams and notes from exercise class
- do the old exams and test exams and confront the solutions, redo the problems faced during the exercise sessions
- The video lectures provided on the homepage was very good.

How much time did you spend on solving the test exam? (both parts, in total)

15 svarande

None0 0%
0-3 hours0 0%
3-6 hours4 26%
6-10 hours4 26%
10-15 hours5 33%
> 15 hours2 13%

- Only solved #4,#5 (3-6 hours)
- For me there were 4 exercises easier than the two others which take me more time to solve. (3-6 hours)
- La ner ca 80% av all tid på uppgift 1. (> 15 hours)

How much time did you spend on creating your A4 page aid for the exam?

15 svarande

< 30 mins0 0%
30 mins - 1 hour4 26%
1-3 hours8 53%
3-10 hours2 13%
> 10 hours1 6%

- Man lär sig rätt mycket (1-3 hours)
- I solved all the old exams and test exams using my lecture notes and the book, and when I found a useful relation I took note on the A4 page. After some time I didn't need to write down anything more. (> 10 hours)

How did the exam correspond to your expectations (both difficulty and content)?

15 svarande

Very well1 6%
Well14 93%
Poorly0 0%
Very poorly0 0%
I did not take the exam yet0 0%

- The exam was a bit uneven in difficulty in my opinion, but I was a bit unprepared for the exam (Well)
- I was a bit surprise by the difficulty. In comparaison with 2015 exams, our was really easy. (Well)
- I didn't expect the relativistic electrodynamics and the continuum mechanics parts. They were the hardest and the newest for me, but they were also very interesting. (Well)

What is your impression of the grading system?

15 svarande

Very good4 26%
Good10 66%
Bad1 6%
Very bad0 0%

- However, I'm a bit unsure about the requirements for lower grades (should have reviewed the description for the grades though!) (Very good)
- It force us to understand every point of the course. (Good)
- I would prefer not to have the pressure of having to pass each single problem in the exam. (Good)

What is your opinion on the conceptual problems during the lectures? (Posed using clickers)

15 svarande

Very good12 80%
Good3 20%
Bad0 0%
Very bad0 0%
Did not participate0 0%

- It was a much better version than on the PDE corse. Very well improved. (Very good)
- A bit stressful but otherwise fine. (Good)

Please enter any further comments and opinions about the course:

- One of my best course at KTH so far !
- Good job to both Blennow and Daniel!

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