Troy Carter

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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Professor Carter was awsome! He is by far one of the best professors I've taken. He clearly explained concepts, step by step, ensuring that the students understood what was going on.

Lecture details: He hands out flash cards to all the students, because he does concept tests where he posts a question on the overhead and you hold up your answer. These tests are in no way counted toward your grade. These are just to see if a majority or a minority of the class understands the concept he's trying to convey. He does really exciting and fun demonstrations in class. He even cooked a hot dog using it as a resistor in one of the demonstrations, and one of the students actually ate it...eeww.

Midterms: His first midterm was weighted on the more difficult side, but graded fairly. His exams are heavily weighted on concepts so study these most. The second midterm was a bit easier due to easier material, once again heavily weighted on concepts. The final exam was hard but definately do-able. He focus'es mainly on concepts as opposed to the mathematics, because what he wants you to get from the class is to be able to understand how and why it works as opposed to just being able to solve a problem. He allows one 3x5 index card with equations on it for each midterm and three for the final.

Online reading quizes: He started out where we did these online reading quizes twice a week, Monday and Thursday by 10:00pm, but then realized it was a bit much. So he changed it to Sunday by 10pm which made time management soooooo much easier. These are counted towards your grade but not by much, once again these quizes are for him to see how the students are grasping the concepts from the reading material. At the end of the quiz there is a slot so that you can write in the parts of the chapter that were confusing to you so that he can expand on them in lecture.

Availability: Professor Carter always had an open door and was always willing to help, regardless of time or as an unscheduled office hour. He is an extremely nice guy and very friendly which makes him approachable.

TA: Brian eh......not so good, I went to see a tutor because he didn't seem to care to much about helping out, it always seemed like he couldn't wait until his office hours and discussion were over like he didn't want to be there.

Overall: Professor Carter is a great proffessor he obviously cares about the students, which is rare in classes of this size. He had to put a lot of work himself with all the reading he had to do with our discussion board and the online reading quizes so that he was prepared to teach. All in all, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him for Physics.

(Dec. 17, 2002)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.5

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I took both 1B and 1C with carter, and I loved them. Topics are challenging but the way he teaches really helps you to understand the concepts. His office hours were really helpful as well if you are stuck on some homework problems.
because of the material taught in 1b and 1c, the math can get a bit tricky at times but there wasn't anything that I hadn't seen before.

in short, if you see him teaching, take him. you won't regret it.

(Aug. 8, 2014)
Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism See Full Profile

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Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics See Full Profile

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He is a very good lecturer, very smart (he is a double maj in aero engineering and physics, summa cum laude in both degrees). He's caring but also intimidating. He expects you to work hard, and there are many requirements in his Physics 6A class, especially when he teams up with Dr. Wallny. His tests are pretty challenging. Please do all the work and you will benefit much from him and his class.

I dropped his class (and aced 6A in the summer anyway), but also I was reminded that classes are like jobs; if you don't want to get fired or to fire yourself, you have to do the work. If the work is too much, don't put it on your plate; you'll end up not doing well. Take it sometime else.

(Nov. 25, 2008)
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics See Full Profile

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I really hate physics, but taking 6C with Professor Carter was great. To do well, you do have to know the concepts, but the great thing is if you study the homework, the practice tests, and the concept tests, the exams will be a breeze. In addition to that, he really does care about student learning and is willing to modify the way he teaches. When I took the class, he tried out the internet homework program, WebAssign, and it was a pain in the butt at first, but it's actually much better than paper homework because everyone helps out everyone else. Take him if you can!!

(June 20, 2006)
Electricity and Magnetism See Full Profile

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Professor Carter is a really great lecturer. His gently midwestern accent will put you at ease and help you love the back half of griffiths. The class is pretty tough, but very manageable. He didn't cover waveguides in our class, instead spending more time discussing some neat plasma phenomena, and really going into depth on the special relativity section.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
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