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The main pros of the class are that participation is not required whatsoever (everything was recorded and all the slides were released), exams were fair, and that the class is probably one of the most useful classes IRL; infinitely more useful than, say, Thermo or Mass Transport. However, lectures were extremely boring and homework problem sets were tedious "where's Waldo" exercises when it came to finding equations.
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The lectures, as stated earlier were highly boring, with Monbouquette slowly droning on for 90 minutes or so. The slides do summarize the book very well; good enough I never needed to touch the book at all. Slides also have some good conceptual stuff too, but they won't ever be tested. The only important thing on slides are the equations and the example problems. Only math is graded in the class; if you can hyperfocus on the math then you should be good.
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Homework was a whopping 30% of the grade, and handed out weekly. It was graded on accuracy, and quite a few people got scores as low as 60 something percent. The problems themselves ranged from mindless plug and chug to "use this equation from slide 6 to find Q, then modify this differential equation from slide 22 to find V, and with V, use this equation from slide 10 to get your answer." Unfortunately, the homework questions were usually the latter. The biggest problem with homework was finding relevant equations to use and using them correctly. Fortunately, homework was on the level of exams.
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There were 2 midterms, each worth 20% of the grade. 2 hours long, and you were allowed to use a one-page cheatsheet. All the problems were extremely similar to homework problems. If you can get your hands on a previous year exam, even better; exam problems are relatively similar between years. The biggest challenge on midterms was the time crunch. If you know how to solve homework problems quickly, it is definitely possible to get high scores on the midterms; multiple people get 100% on the midterms. The final was 30% of the grade. The material was noticeably harder compared to the midterms, but we got 3 hours and 2 cheatsheets back and front.
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Good luck when taking this class. You'll need it. Make sure to check your homework with your peers; taking L's on homework is not good. Likewise, do not be afraid to use old exams for practice, and take full advantage of cheat sheets.

Spring Quarter 2021
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