Teoretisk fysiks kursutväderingar


Resultat av: Theoretical Particle Physics, SI2400, vt 2016

Status: Avslutad
Publicerad under: 2016-05-18 - 2016-06-01
Antal svar: 14
Procent av kursdeltagarna som svarat: 60%
Kontaktperson: Tommy Ohlsson

What is your overall impression of the course?

14 svarande

Very positive5 35%
Postive9 64%
Negative0 0%
Very negative0 0%

- Very interesting course. (Very positive)
- The lectures were not always clear and understandable, especially in the first part of the course. On the other hand, it is also true that in this subject the students need to spend a lot of time reading books, doing exercises and thinking, otherwise nothing will ever be understandable. (Postive)

How would you rate the overall difficulty of the course?

14 svarande

Very high5 35%
High9 64%
Low0 0%
Very low0 0%

- Probably the course I've taken with the most amount of pages you need to read each week and the overall hardest examination. (Very high)
- I spent my life on the homework assignments, and many of them were still not possible to solve if I would not have looked a lot on internet, read different books and discussed them with other students. (Very high)
- Very high for a bachelor. (Very high)
- Not as high as rel. Quantum mechanics tho (High)

Has there been much overlap with other courses?

14 svarande

Far too much overlap0 0%
Some overlap - mostly unnecessary1 7%
Some overlap - but useful as repetition6 42%
No overlap7 50%

- No overlap, but maybe too many lectures at 8 in the morning (it is not a really comfortable time). (No overlap)

How were the homework problems?

14 svarande

Very difficult8 57%
Difficult6 42%
Easy0 0%
Very easy0 0%

- I've found the homeworks sometimes not close enough to what we did during the lectures (Difficult)
- Sometimes felt disconnected from the content of the lectures and Griffiths. Group theory stuff in particular. (Difficult)

How were the quizzes?

14 svarande

Very difficult0 0%
Difficult1 7%
Easy9 64%
Very easy4 28%

- I want to say average since you need to study to pass them. (Easy)
- The level of the seminars was not too high if compared to that of the lectures, but the seminars were still useful in my opinion. (Easy)
- (not too easy) (Easy)

What is your opinion about the course-PM, homepage, and the administration of the course?

13 svarande

Very good7 53%
Good6 46%
Poor0 0%
Very poor0 0%

How did you find the course literature?

14 svarande

Very good5 35%
Good7 50%
Poor2 14%
Very poor0 0%

- Griffiths is a very good and pedagogic book, very nice to read. (Very good)
- But not sufficient in order to understand the whole course. Poor theoretical basis, especially the part about electroweak unification. (Good)

How were the lectures? (Juan Herrero Garcia)

14 svarande

Very good2 14%
Good6 42%
Poor4 28%
Very poor0 0%
Did not participate enough to have an opinion2 14%

- Juan, why do you make excuses for your lectures not being good enough? (Very good)
- Seems like we went through a lot in a very short amount of time. Got very stressful. (Good)

How were the lectures? (Sushant Raut)

14 svarande

Very good7 50%
Good4 28%
Poor0 0%
Very poor0 0%
Did not participate enough to have an opinion3 21%

- Clarifying and enjoyable. Sushant might be one of the best lecturers I've had during my time at KTH. (Very good)

How were the seminars? (Stella Riad)

14 svarande

Very good10 71%
Good3 21%
Poor0 0%
Very poor1 7%

- Great explanations from Stella. Seminars are great as a concept - it is good to be forced to break the "keep quiet and don't ask questions about the things we don't know" barrier. (Very good)

How much time did you spend preparing for a seminar on average (including reading the course literature)?

14 svarande

None0 0%
0-15 minutes2 14%
15-30 minutes1 7%
30-60 minutes5 35%
1-2 hours4 28%
More than 2 hours2 14%

- Not including the time spent in lectures (1-2 hours)
- I read the whole relevant chapter before each seminar and went through each question. (More than 2 hours)

How much time did you spend on the homework problem sets on average?

14 svarande

< 5 hours/set0 0%
5-10 hours/set0 0%
10-25 hours/set4 28%
25-50 hours/set7 50%
> 50 hours/set3 21%

- Most of the problems are doable within 4 hours each (including time spent refreshing memory about the particular aspect of the course). But for some problems you feel like you are missing a vital piece of information and then you spend a lot of time trying to google to find a relevant document and then reading through those documents. That makes it so that you spend a lot of time (over 10 hours) on certain problems. If you are really stubborn like myself you may even spend over 24 hours trying to find a solution and then in the end you don't find it. (> 50 hours/set)

Please enter any further comments and opinions about the course:

- Good course! Really enjoyed it.
- The 2nd part of the course had appropriate amount of hours dedicated to it; however, for the first part it seems like it was too compact: maybe demand more lecture hours? Also perhaps think hard and be clear about whether or not students are supposed to know enough from lectures and the main course book to solve the homework problems or if you expect them to google a lot. For instance for the Higgs general representation problem (5) in Set III: if you just read the lecture notes you'll have a very hard time solving that problem, but if you read the book that was recommended for the Higgs part of the course you would notice that it has a vital hint in that book that simplifies the problem a lot.
- The course takes too much time for a 7.5 credit course. It should give some points more.

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