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12/22/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
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4 Easiness
AST 2002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B-

I took this class in 2008. He told a lot of corny jokes and loves talking about the movie he was in (Deep Impact). Tests were hard but he did curve them.

07/13/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2054 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I had Colwell for physics 1 and 2. Physics is hard as hell anyway, but colwell does everything he can to help you with hw grades clicker questions and a BIG curve. This class is hard and his tests are depressing. Take someone else if you can

05/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHY 2054 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Explanations aren't great, and the test questions are tough. The best way to prepare is to do problems out of the back of the book. Keep up with your hw, and lab. Not a great explainer, but a witty guy who really cares about his students. He'll go out of his way to make the class more comfortable. Curves a lot, not as much as his Physics 1 class.

05/03/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHY2054 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Loved this class! Dr. Colwell really facilitated learning and I found myself ENJOYING learning about magnetism, electricity, and optics! As others have noted his explanations can be fuzzy, and tests can be challenging. Very very generous grader (throws in freebie clicker points!) I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed this class.

03/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
2053 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very easy professor, always available to help you even if it is right before the test. He may not explain things in a way that it is easy to understand but if you read the book, read his notes, and do practice problems you should be fine. Test averages were pretty bad (F) but he curves a lot!

12/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2053 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher, teaches mostly concepts, most of the math is done in lab and in HW, the class average on tests were terrible (mid high 50's) but he curves ALOT. Def take him if you can, i thought his class was easy but lots of people struggle if they dont "understand".

12/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHY2053 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Josh is very nice, very helpful, and very intelligent. He is understanding and constantly makes adjustments to help students. Some of the tests were very tricky, but lab and homework boost your grade. I am also taking him for physics II.

12/15/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHY2053 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best prof I had this year. Tough tests, but curves them a lot. Clicker questions and in-class demos really help. Uses Mastering Physics, which doesn't help. The textbook isn't great, but his powerpoints are clear. Funny guy, really seems to care about his students. Taking him for Physics II.

11/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2054 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Colwell is a really nice guy. He isn't amazing with explanations, but there are many opportunities to get clarification if you don't understand something. He is also a very forgiving professor, grade-wise. It isn't difficult to get an A as long as you do your job and read the book and attend SI if you feel you need it.

04/22/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY2054 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Josh is a nice guy, he tries to be funny, and therefore his class is entertaining. HOWEVER he isn't great at teaching. He's very smart, but not the best at explaining things. For example, he will explain a clicker question and let the class retake it, and then the majority of the class gets the answer wrong when they had it right at first

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