January 20, 2020

Tolstoy, Maria and Kingslake, Johnathan
V2200 Solid Earth System

I really enjoyed this class.

Both of them are really nice, engaging, and clearly very passionate about this course. Regarding the lectures themselves, if looking at rock patterns and tracing it back to its formation interests you, you will not get bored during lecture. The textbook is absolutely unnecessary and the key to passing the class is reading the slides and listening during lecture. I found that studying was unnecessary even right before the midterm and final because the topics covered in those tests are kinda just the main points. Though I do have to warn, Maria Tolstoy can pack quite a bit of unnecessary information in her slides. What is helpful though is the fact that as she passes an important topic, she will very clearly tell you and it will likely be in a quiz or test.

The labs were easy, and most of them can be done in roughly two hours (though I have seen a few in the lab struggle a little, in their case, the TAs were really kind). Tbh, most of the stuff is just calculations and using a map online so you can just do most of the lab report outside of the actual lab.

Workload:

Little, "3" hour lab once a week. No homework. No need to read. One midterm and one final

April 16, 2019

Hemming, Sidney Silver_nugget and Goldstein, Steven
V2200 Solid Earth System

Overall, this is an interesting and relatively straight forward class. It gives a solid intro to geology and earth science, and the field-based work can be fun. Both Steve and Sidney are very sweet and knowledgeable about the topics, although, as other people have said, they do tend to read directly from the slides during lecture. All the lecture slides are posted on Courseworks, which is very helpful when studying for the exams, as they contain most of the information you need to know. The textbook readings are less helpful, but are good for getting a better understanding of the material from lecture. Also, most of the TAs were very helpful and there are a ton of opportunities to attend office hours. I do have to say that this class can seem very disorganized at times and I think there could be better communication between the professors and TAs.

Workload:

Weekly textbook reading (not necessary but useful for studying for exams)
Weekly labs, which can be a significant amount of work but are generally very manageable
1 midterm, 1 final, and a practical exam

May 16, 2013

Hemming, Sidney Silver_nugget and Goldstein, Steven
V2200 Solid Earth System

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My take:
This class was totally worth taking. I can honestly say that it enriched my academic experience and taught me fascinating and relevant facts about the earth's geological history - something I feel that everybody should know if they graduated from a liberal arts college. The TAs were all extremely helpful and willing to answer all questions related to labs. The professors, I will admit, read directly off the lectures but they're so awesome that I didn't care anyway. Plus, the lectures were straightforward and easy to understand so them reading it off wasn't a waste of time. This is one of those classes where you get to know your classmates because of labs, TA office hours, fieldtrips, faculty student dinners, etc. I also got to know my professors: both Steve and Sidney are sweethearts and passionate about their field, as are all the TAs.

Workload:

Work:
13 labs
1 midterm
1 final
labs will take you a good while, a solid half a day maybe if you focus, depending on the lab. However TA office hour was deadly useful and I will admit I was one of the students who were scrambling to finish lab on time. However I always did because the TA as well as all the other students who came, were all useful. Theyre not graded too harshly, as long as you explain your logic.
Midterm was a bit of a fucker for me because of the short answer. You could study enough but if you didn't hit all the points they wanted you to then you lose A LOT of points. key was to just write everything you possibly knew down.
Just took the final and it was pretty easy. Steve's final was way more straightforward since there were no essays.

You could keep up with the reading or you could cram, and still do decently well.

April 08, 2013

Hemming, Sidney Silver_nugget and Goldstein, Steven
V2200 Solid Earth System

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Do not take this class and if you have to, lecture is a waste of time. Just print the slides and read them on your own. That is all that is done in class. Professor Hemming and Professor Goldstein just read their slides word for word in each lecture and there are roughly 60 or more slides per class. Lectures are dry and long.

For at least six classes, Professor Goldstein just talked about his many research trips and anecdotes. He would then tell a joke and wait for someone to laugh or say "Has anyone ever been to...?" or "Is Anyone from...?" with no response and would wait until he could find a place that someone had been to. About halfway through the semester most of the class stopped showing up.

There are field trips every two weeks some of which take place during the winter outside in the cold (it was 20 degrees when we went) for three hours and some of which take an entire weekend day.

Workload:

About 10 labs which are tedious and often not very helpful. Professor Hemming is a fan of GeoMapApp so expect to use that a lot. Homework assignments were often due the same week as lab so plan ahead. A fairly easy midterm (practice give) and a final. Easy enough to do well

May 17, 2009

Hemming, Sidney Silver_nugget
V2200 Solid Earth System

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O boy, where do I begin. She is the nicest woman on earth, but the worst lecturer in the department. She knows so much, and yet does not know how to enunciate that to the class. Individually though, she is great, she'll explain things in great depth and know your name after the second class. She welcomes all questions, emails, 'pings.' Great to talk to, not awkward like Steven Goldstein and she does want you to learn, they both do. However, unless you do talk to her individually and email her, etc, you will probably not learn anything from her lectures and will cram for the midterm reading/catching up on the 500 pages of reading from the textbook.

Workload:

Weekly textbook readings (which you can probably do during the last minute before the midterm), Weekly labs (The ones Sidney wrote were straight forward and easy), and a midterm (she'll give out practice tests, questions, sample essay questions)

October 26, 2004

Menke, William
V2200 Solid Earth System

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This class must be designed to make students want to jump off of prominent geomorphological features to their doom.

Workload:

A lot of climbing followed by a lot of falling, concluding with absolute doom.

April 16, 2004

Ryan, William
V2200 Solid Earth System

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Bill Ryan is a kind, passionate, intelligent man. He cares deeply about environmental issues and about his students understanding the material. If you ask him a question, he will stick with you and teach you until you understand. Briliant, but never arrogant.
That said, Solid Earth is an extremely time-consuming class. Much of the material is interesting, but it is presented in a way that feels almost like leap-frogging from subject to subject each week. The labs are ridiculous, data-heavy, spreadsheet-heavy, time-consuming ordeals. Fortunately, in Fall 2003 we had a fantastic TA- Janet Baran- who really made the experience much better. As another reviewer said, Baran and Ryan together made the course a good experience. They both deserve teaching awards.
If you're not an e3b or ees major, DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE. It's 4.5 points for a good reason. However, If you are, look forward to having Bill Ryan as a professor!

Workload:

Evil.

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