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Brix is great!
I'm not that all interested in climate change, but he made lectures pretty enjoyable.
And I found him to be hiiilarious.
The homework can kinda be a pain, but just seek help if you need it.
i would highly recommend going to office hours; he is extremely helpful and nice to talk to.
Regarding the midterm and final, the 8.5x11 cheat sheet definitely helps. However, the questions can be pretty conceptual so you still have to make sure you have a good understanding of the material.
I also did the lab (just an additional 4 assignments) and even though they were kind of annoying, it ended up being a grade boost.
Discussions are long and useless. At some point you have to do a presentation, but it's not hard at all.
I received an A, and I would definitely take another class with him.
He is a really interesting professor. His accent was the only thing keeping me awake in the morning. Aside from that an easy GE and lab component.
Class is very straightforward. Just make sure you study the maps! Understand them 100%! Oh, and another hint. If you can get a copy of a midterm do so! He recycles questions. Make sure you do not slack off with HW those are your buffer points for the tests!
I took A&O Sci 1 as well as the lab component with Dr. Brix. He was GREAT. Honestly, the material was boring. Brix himself admitted that climate science is very complex and sometimes speculative, so as a result, he ended up telling us to disregard some of his more confusing slides and graphs as we prepared for the midterm and final. This kind of annoyed me, because I felt like I finished the class without a clear sense of what causes global warming. Then again, it wasn't such a bad thing that he skimmed over the tough stuff considering it's only a GE and it made the exams a lot easier. If you're a science person, the course definitely gives you a taste of A&O sciences and can help someone figure out if he or she wants to pursue that area of study. If you dislike science (more importantly if you suck at math-like me), you can still get an A if you put in a little bit of effort. It's easy to accumulate points if you do all your homework and if you do a good job on your oral presentation (don't freak out- it's just a 5-minute powerpoint during discussion section). Also, if you're taking the "lab", it's important to know that it's not really a lab in the traditional sense..all it means is that you have four extra (really simple) homework assignments.
Anyways, more about Dr. Brix..again, he is awesome. Really nice guy, tries to make lecture interesting despite the dullness of the material he has to present. Classic German accent kept me awake too. Also, he's great about setting up appointments with students if they can't make his weekly office hours..although it's a pain to find his office in Schlicter Hall..give yourself like an hour to find it. I really recommend going to office hours, though. He was way more helpful than my TA when I had questions about homework or just general conceptual questions...speaking of TA's, if you can sign up for Rosaleen Gilmore. I could tell my TA, Yifan Yu, knew his stuff, but he could care less about helping you out. I ended up emailing Rosaleen more than I emailed him.
Most ridiculous/best part of this class: THERE IS A DOUBLE-SIDED CHEAT SHEET FOR BOTH THE MIDTERM AND THE FINAL. I felt like I was in 6th grade again- basically crammed all my notes onto the sheet by shrinking the font to 6 points. it was great. BUT that's not to say you don't have to study for the test. There are some tricky questions that are based only loosely on the lecture notes, so you need to actually understand what you have written down.
Finally, there's a very generous curve. Based on a traditional grading scale I would've gotten a flat B on my midterm, but I got a solid A on the curve. Also, a 63% is a C- with Brix's curve...not hard to pass this class.
*Note: THERE IS SOME "MATH"..equations that you plug numbers into. Simple stuff.
I took AOS1 and 1L with Brix. He is funny, effective, fair, accessible, and has a great accent. Class had either a hw assignment or a lab each week and the midterm and final were certainly reasonable. I am considering taking another AOS class just to have Brix again.
definitely recommend brix! :) he lets you use a cheat sheet, and as long as you follow through his slides which are super organized, you can do well in both the midterm and final. i think his midterm and finals are fair, not the typical regurgitation kind of paper, but more of conceptual understanding (since you have a cheat sheet for that). he's really approachable and nice! do take him over the other profs! :):):) for someone who doesn't like science, it is actually very logical and easy to follow! SO TAKE IT NOW! :)
Great professor and class. He explains everything in detail, has the lectures on podcast, and is fair with assignments. The midterm and final are fair, he even lets you use a cheat sheet. I recommend it for anyone, even if your not interested in science. Added bonus that there is no book needed.
I was in professor Brix's Climate Change lecture and lab. I loved his class overall, and never thought it was too challenging. As someone who doesn't particularly enjoy sciences, i was pleasantly surprised by how much i learned and enjoyed his class. The lab was extremely easy, there were no extra hours to go to, just 4 extra (and very straightforward) assignments that we had to turn in. I think what i liked best about Prof Brix is that he was SO helpful and ALWAYS willing to meet with me if i had any questions. I don't think i ever met with him during his reguar office hours, but he was always very good about arranging a different time. I definitely suggest taking this class; ultimately it's very simple, easy to study for, and the professor is awesome.
Professor Brix is an extraordinarily nice man, very easy to approach. His lectures can be a little dull (especially in the beginning of the course where he goes over the basics), but Brix always keeps the mood light with his jokes. Unless there are technological difficulties, he posts lecture slides + podcasts online. He expects short answers for the midterm + final, but does allow students to bring in a sheet of notes -not that it helps much because the majority of the questions focus on understanding concepts rather than spitting back terms. Homework: every two weeks -super easy, just 2-3 pages, short answer. I found the course absolutely fascinating and somewhat demoralizing (yep, bleak + dreary future lies before us) but I'd definitely recommend taking Climate Change :] Word of advice though: don't underestimate the ease of the midterm.
I just took AOS1: Climate Change with professor Brix and I have nothing but good things to say about his class. Lectures are twice a week and very interesting especially since we are in the midst of global warming as we speak! His midterm is fill in the blank and short answer but he lets you bring an 8.5X11 Sheet of notes as crammed as you like to both the midterm and the final. Although there is no assigned text book for the course, he posts his lecture slides on the class website to allow students to print them out and review before class. Over all professor Brix is always more than willing to help students out in any way he can. This was one of my favorite classes this quarter.