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Prof. Bachtis is the best; knows how to explain the content to truly help you understand just how exciting classical electrodynamics is. I couldn't give this class a stronger recommendation, and I hope I will be able to take another class with Prof. Bachtis soon!
Bachtis was a great professor. He had just the right amount of comedy and instruction.
There are two midterms, and a final.
The midterms were fair. There were 2 problems on each midterm, but I found that time was an issue. Make sure you really understand the homework and maybe read the textbook and you should do fine.
The final was also extremely fair. There were 4 problems, 2 of which were directly from the homework. The other two I thought were very fair.
Know how to easily solve problems using gauss' law, amperes law, method of images, and boundary conditions. Also know concepts such as super position, electric displacement, and the magnetic field intensity for the midterms/final.
Don't be too stressed if you don't do well on one of the exams since he curves at the end (especially on the lower end). Just stay around the average and you should be fine.
My only complaint was just that I wish homework was graded, as two midterms and a final isn't my favorite grade scheme. The homework is also very fair, and is accurate based on what you've learned in lecture.
Bachtis teaches with lots of emotion; you can tell he's very passionate about this (except for vector potential which he hates haha). Overall I would take Bachtis again, and I will be for 110B.
Bachtis is one of the most entertaining professors in the department. I would love coming to lectures and especially because the content of this class was amazing. Everything from 110A comes together in such a beautiful way imo. The grading scheme consists of homework, two midterms, and a final. The homework was pretty straightforward and straight from Griffiths. The two midterms I thought were not very representative of what we learned throughout the class though. They were difficult and worded weird. The final was very fair however. Despite this being a tough class it was probably my favorite class in undergrad so far, especially when you get to special relativity.