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I think Hamilton is pretty easy compared to some other Physics teachers. Discussion worksheets are a joke and there's just MasteringPhysics due every Monday. He lectures really fast which made it tough to keep up with. He does read right off the lecture notes, so if you miss anything you can basically "reread" the entire lecture on Canvas. Overall, the tests usually had one easy, one medium, and one hard question. He lets you bring in your own double-sided notes on a standard piece of printer paper though, which was helpful. The graders are generous and his rubric doesn't grade harshly anyways. You could probably end up with a B or high C in the class even if you didn't spend much time on the HW problems. Hamilton is not an outstanding professor and he's standard by any measure, but if that's all you're looking for I would recommend him.
PHY 1C is not an easy class. But with Prof. Hamilton's help, you won't have to struggle too hard. Overall the class is quite fast paced, but his lectures and notes are clear and well structured, and he is a nice guy.
Holy shit, this professor is probably one of the most based professors in the entire Physics department, no, in the entire school. Awesome lectures, chill TA, and most of all, hella based test format and dope test grading standards. This dude is a pure godsend. Extremely based, redpilled, and wholesome big chungus, which is impossibly rare for the Physics department lol.
You get my point. You should take this class with this goat. You might not come out necessarily liking Physics (although he'll def pique your interest), but take it for the experience. Just imagine, a Physics class where you can actually understand the content and more than likely get an A, without literally having to expend your own physical and mental health!
Taking 5C with Hamilton right now, highly recommend, super clear structure, slides, and lectures. He makes the material a lot easier to learn and lets you know what to expect on test ahead of time. Also lets you bring a double sided cheat sheet to midterms.
Hamilton is definitely one of the best professors out there. His lectures are clear, and he uses pre-uploaded slides with examples and explanations. His tests are quite easy, and usually has a decent amount of plug-and-chug type of problems on them. There was a lot of online MasteringPhysics homework, but is very manageable and helpful. 100% would recommend!
Physics 1C is not an easy class. The subject material is vast, and often difficult to conceptualize. The math is not often that rigorous, but the higher level understanding is the tricky part. David Hamilton is a fast lecturer who reads very closely to the textbook. He's very clear with what he expects, and tries to make this difficult course as easy and straightforward as possible. There are no tricks, just do enough practice problems and at some point you'll have figured it out.
I figured out that taking notes on the lecture notes BEFORE class and doing the example problems within helped me a lot with understanding the material, as the lecture was then the second time I had seen the material, and I could simply watch and listen and not have to furiously scribble notes. The tests were not easy at all, but Hamilton is a generous curver, and I've finished the class with the best exam scores and best overall grade from a physics class yet!! The exam questions are also taken straight from the textbook, so if you do enough practice questions you will have a leg up.
Discussion is not super useful IMO. Just find friends who can help with understanding difficult homework questions or other concepts, do well on exams, and you'll be fine.
Overall, I like Professor Hamilton’s Physics 1C! The class was interesting and relatively straightforward.
Grading: 20% HW; 5% Discussion WS; 20% MT1; 20% MT2; 35% Final; 1% EC (course evaluation)
Midterm (each): 100 points, 3 problems, 50 minutes, allowed to bring one letter sized sheet of notes (front and back) to the exam. Average (mean): ~76% MT1, ~84% MT2. He said he made MT2 easier because the average for MT1 was lower than he expected.
Final: 200 points, 6 problems, allowed to bring 2 sheets of notes to the exam. Average: ~85%.
We had enough time for the exams, and his practice exams resemble the actual exams well. The grading was generous and we had regrade opportunities for both midterms and the final. He responds to Piazza questions really fast and has lots of OH. The lectures, notes, slides, and class in general are all very organized.
I liked professor Hamilton because his class felt fair. It felt like the more that I studied, the better I did on his exams, which isn't always the case in classes where the tests are so easy or so hard that studying beyond the basics seems pointless. On his exams, there seemed to be 1 easy question, 1 medium question, and 1 difficult question, but even his difficult questions seemed reasonable, even if I wasn't sure how to solve them.
His lectures were interesting, his homeworks were reasonable difficulty (similar to the exams), and his discussion sections were graded fairly (and were usually useful too).
This is how I feel like most classes should be. Challenging enough that you actually have to learn the content, but not so difficult that you feel helpless.