Name: Pinzheng Z
Engineering Major: Materials Science & Engineering
Module Code: PC1432
Type of Module: Core
Year/Semester of taking module: 1 / 2
Difficulty Level: 4
Exam and Assessment Format: - 20% Midterms (15 MCQs)
- 10% Lab (2 x 5%)
- 10% Mastering Physics Online quizzes
- 60% Finals (6 short answer + 3 long question sets)
Comments on Lecturers and Tutors: he first lecturer was A.Prof Tan Meng Chwan and I must say he is a really good lecturer. The way he explains physics and its concepts is intuitive, which makes the calculations to the problems logical. Aside from that, his lectures are fun and engaging and he captivates you to understand physics and learn it in a smarter way with the knowledge on our belts. Aside from that, he has very cool achievements such as he used to be an Air-force major and currently heading the NUS String Theory Group. I enjoyed his lectures a lot and lecture attendance was often more than 75%. His lecture covers from electric fields to DC circuits.
The second lecturer was A.Prof Paul Lim Hock Seah. My friends mentioned him as an okay lecturer but not spectacular. I didn't attend his lectures because of my heavy workload and I didn't really like his teaching style which is occasionally weird and awkward that I couldn't concentrate on the lesson content. His lecture covers from Magnetic fields to basic optics (reflection, refraction, critical angles and polarization).
The last lecturer was A.Prof Feng Yue Ping. He is a new lecturer for this module, so he does some modifications to his teaching materials. I find him okay too, but is just that his materials are not consistent with the textbook material, which makes it hard to study the notes with the textbook as a supplement. In addition, it can be frustrating at times because he makes multiple last minute changes to the slides and notes, which ended up students to hold onto multiple copies of notes but no idea which one to refer. His lecture covers interference all the way to quantum physics (exclude nuclear physics).
Note: Only Prof Tan provides webcasted lectures, the other two doesn't (I did asked them politely though....)
Do the tutorials diligently (besides, there are only 5 tutorials) and attend the tutorials dutifully to learn the best out of it. The tutor is Raditya and he is a very very nice tutor. He prepares an array of materials (from basics to challenge questions for the more competent students) and makes learning of physics in a very systematic manner and makes physics less intimidating with his clear explanations. He replies to emails very quickly and he sends his emails in very long essays haha.
Comments about Module: Intense course of physics content, which picks up from H2 physics content. Compressing 17 chapters of content in 13 weeksis by means no joke so it is very easy to be outpaced by lecture pace. However fret not, reading the textbook gets the job done as well (Tried and tested).
Advise that the most difficult chapter contents are the earlier ones so don't be too demoralised at the start. Topics to take extra care include:
- E fields and Potential energies
- DC circuits
- B fields
Again, I must stress this too. USE THE TEXTBOOK AND ABUSE IT. The textbook provides very extensive content, beyond the lecture difficulty set and thus will prepare you well for exams and finals.
Recommended Textbook (if applicable): University Physics (13 or 14th edition) by Young and Freedman (from Chapter 21 to 42, minus 30, 31, 34, 37)
Workload/Preparation Time Required: Medium / 6 hrs a week
What do you like or dislike about this module?: Like: Content scope, Raditya
Dislike: Sheer amount of content, lecture notes totally not reflective of exam difficulty, thus rendering the notes being useless most of the time.