Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics

Ferdinand Coroniti

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics

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Ferdinand Coroniti

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Easiness of class 2.4
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Spring 2015
14.5%
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Spring 2014
23.4%
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Winter 2013
19.6%
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Quarter Taken: Spring 2015 Submitted April 17, 2016 Grade Received: A

This class was easier and more interesting than 6B in my opinion, since it relates to life sciences toward the end of the quarter. I ended up getting an A- in 6B and an A in 6C with Coroniti, whereas I actually failed 6A with a different professor. Coroniti's teaching style is basically all derivations and a few examples. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the equations like this because you really get to understand how they work. His exam questions are emailed to you, so it's easy to do well on his midterms and final. He's also friendly and hilarious. When he would turn off the lights for a demo but couldn't see the light switch, he would take out his mini flashlight from the back of his pocket. He makes a few jokes throughout lecture too, which I always found funny. Definitely give Coroniti a chance if possible! Don't be deterred by negative reviews from 6B or 6C.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 9, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 9, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 20, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

This is my third quarter in a row with Dr. Coroniti - I have had him for 6A, 6B, and now 6C. While I know that many students try to avoid taking him, I am glad that I have had him for the entire 6 series. His exams are extremely fair, and he tells you exactly which homework problems to focus on so you don't waste your time studying material that is not essential. I will admit his lectures are a little intimidating because of the advanced math he uses to prove each theory - taking Math 32A will give you an advantage over the bio majors who took the Math 3 series in this regard - however, as I said before, he will tell you what you need to know for your midterms and final, so you don't have to stress out about everything little thing he writes on the board. He's also a really nice guy with a cute sense of humor. One of my friends said once, "Wow - Coroniti would make such a cool grandpa!". Basically, don't be afraid of him because his lecture is at 8am or because it's the last Physics 6 class open during your first pass. He's a great professor, and since you're most likely a life science major taking the 6 series, you shouldn't be stressing too much about the material anyways.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 22, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Nice and very knowledgeable. He likes to spend a lot of time with proofs during his lectures, but most of the time it is not necessary to understand all of it. I personally found it fun to watch him seamlessly derive proof after proof with no notes, however. A few lectures before an exam, he will specifically tell you what each specific problem will be about, and gives you a problem or two from the textbook or homework that is nearly identical. The averages are somewhat low, seemingly around 50-60%, but the standard deviations that it seems like students either followed his advice and aced the exam or completely ignored it (the 8 am lecture time is somewhat discouraging). His professional demeanor may make him somewhat intimidating, but he practically begs the class for questions during lecture and is quite approachable.

Oh, and if you're in honors, take his seminar! All you have to do is write a four page paper about ANYTHING remotely relevant to physics, and you'll get your A. His seminar topics are pretty fun, too.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 14, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

I'm definitely a physics type of person but this class totally made me believe that I can't do physics. Attending Coroniti's lectures were so intimidating...sometimes you couldn't understand what he was teaching because he jumped into doing a whole bunch of derivatives and talking about things without knowing if the class was following him. He goes extremely fast so even if you want to ask questions you can't cause he's past the topic long ago or you simply wouldn't even know how to ask the question. I had to do a lot of reading from the book which wasn't bad. I did all the homework problems like twice and felt like I understood the concepts pretty well but his tests were impossible. No one ever finished one time, he said himself he made his tests so that you can't finish it and that you were to do the ones you know. Ummm...stressful? definitely. He makes it seem like his tests are pretty fair in the review sessions but there were things on the test that he said wouldn't be on there like proofs. HE LOVES PROOFS. Your grade will depend highly on the class curve, our curve for the first midterm was a 47 for the average. He doesn't tell you how your doing in the class because he thinks you'll either become unmotivated or lazy so he doesn't tell you HOW he's curving the class...just that there's a curve so you don't know where you stand against your classmates even with your test score. Take him if you must.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Ah, Coroniti... What can I say? My friend & I thought that he is a cute, older gentleman who means well. HOWEVER, he designed his course for the math-minded. I haven't taken math since freshman year, and as a junior I found myself wondering what the hell he was doing mathematically let alone with physics. Consequently, my friend & I spent the entire course just trying to understand his derivations & expansions (Note: Beware the Taylor expansion). His exams are also completely in variables, which would be fine except that he expects his students to be able to mathematically manipulate those variables as if it were child's play. The average on the 1st midterm was 47% while the 2nd midterm average was 49%. His response? We, as students, really ought to be working harder, doing more problems, etc. You would think that since he gives us the problem types prior to the exam that we would be fully prepared; however, with averages such as those from a class of pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet, pre-phd, etc students - you get the picture that this course is no walk in the park. If you must take physics with Coroniti, be prepared to work on math - Also, study from lecture notes! The book isn't really as helpful as it may seem (i.e. If you keep getting the homework problems right, you can still fail the exam). I'll cease rambling because by now you probably get my point!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 13, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Coroniti is a very nice guy...He's extremely approachable, plus he's very easy to talk to during office hours.
A little about Physics 6C with him: Fall 2002 was the first time he taught the class, and he did a decent job. For the midterms, he tells you the types of problems that he puts on each test so you know seemingly know exactly what to study. The homework assignments are very generous, only 5% of your final grade, and very few problems to do. Bottom line is, I think he had it in for our class...telling us exactly what to expect on every test, giving the reviews himself, and too many stupid questions were asked of him...so...THE FINAL WAS FRIGGIN HARD!!! I aced his first 2 tests, and studied my ass off for his final, but who even knows?!?! Don't take coroniti for the 6 series if you can't deal with not having your sheet of formulas and algorithms like you probably had in 6A...Coroniti provides his own sheet with a limited list of formulas. Don't take him if you don't like a conceptual based teaching-Coroniti derives every single formula that you'll use in class...it gets kind of tedious. I'll add...Coroniti's good points-he's nice, he seemingly cares, he's got passion for the topic, he's straight forward on the exams. If you do take him, sit in the first 3-4 rows...he's got a really soft voice that does not carry pass the first 10 rows. Beware of his finals!!!

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