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Professor Gelmini is clearly a brilliant theorist, however her teaching is not reflective of her intellect. Her lectures were long and sometimes unstimulating. She spends most of the doing math that we did not need to use for the homework or exams. Most classes were spent doing a couple different integrals or proofs that were never actually used. Literally none of her demonstrations worked. She went over very little of the physics in a conceptual sense, leaving the students little knowledge of what was going on outside of the mathematics. The tests and homework were extremely challenging and time consuming. Overall, a challenging course with a slightly out of touch professor.
Professor Gelmini is very enthusiastic about making sure her students walk away from the class having learned something. Her tests are extremely difficult, especially in comparison to the rather straightforward homework she assigns, and I failed my first midterm, but she was more than willing to offer redemption, and to factor the weight of that midterm into my final grade, once I went and spoke with her at her office hours. She is very approachable, and is a very good *teacher* one-on-one during her office hours (I emphasize teacher because she does not merely give out answers, but expects you to work for them), although I would not recommend conversing with her via email, as she got backlogged very early into the quarter, and tended to need several reminders to get her to respond as the quarter progressed. If she teaches 1A again with the honors section, I highly recommend that any student, whether or not they are in the Honors Program, take the class, as it was a very enjoyable, and rather easy supplement to the course. Difficult tests notwithstanding, she is a very likable and great professor.