January 02, 2003

Ryan, William
v2200

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(note this course is cotaught with Bill Menke.) Bill Ryan is both an enthusiastic teacher and a well known geologist. His lectures contain lots of information and he users powerpoints that are available to download over courseworks. He really wants his students to understand the material and is just a generally nice guy. He takes the time to talk to a crying student, etc, and just seems, well, grandfatherly. Don't let him fool you though, you may think he has no idea who you are, but he does. He knows who comes to class and who doesn't, and he knows who is putting the effort in and who isn't. I would take a class just because Ryan is teaching it.

While I thought Ryan was a nice person and a great teacher, I was kind of unsure what material this course was supposed to cover. I learned a lot about the solid earth, such as where to find oil, tectonic plate movement, etc... I just can't really tell you what subjects we studied. That is the major problem with this class as well as with climate -- they are a broad overview of who really knows what. Also, beware of the labs. They are impossible to do without the TAs and are almost entirely computer based. You will sit in lab not knowing what the heck to do until Ryan, Menke, or one of the TAs comes and helps you. You will need this help at least 5 times per lab. (These lab instructions were much more vague than climate labs.) Labs are also such a pain to write up...... but were easier than climate.

Workload:

One midterm - essay format, One final - multiple choice format (the final was a killer, and everyone had expected essay format), weekly (although my class managed to make 5 drag out the length of the semester) homeworks, and weekly labs that take 3-9 hours to write up each week.

January 02, 2003

Menke, William
v2200

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

(note this course is cotaught with Bill Ryan.)
There is no way to explain Bill Menke other to say than he tries to teach this class at an undergraduate level. He is a brilliant man but he tries to dumb down the class to a level we all understand. That means taking 30 minutes to state a basic concept, and let the rest of the class tell stories relating to this concept. I just want to shake Menke and tell him two things: talk faster (it takes forever for an average sentence to come out of his mouth), and yes, I get the basic concepts, let's get into something more interesting. He seems to be a nice guy but is very spacey. He really cares that we understand the material and like geology, but that means he talks about superficial concepts. Would I take another class with Menke? Only if it were taught at a graduate level (I have heard he is excellent at grad courses).

Also, Bill doesn't always stick around for the labs. That's really unhelpful because you will need either the TAs or Bill to walk you through the lab -- the instructions are so vague.

Workload:

Menke's section was covered in an easy essay midterm. Ryan's section was covered in a killer multiple choice final. Menke took care of all of the homeworks, supposedly one every week, but between a lazy class and a lazy Menke, we did 5 homeworks. And the labs - well, at least they are easier to write up than climate labs, but they can take 4-9 hours tow write up.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 2012 Fall T / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Sidney Hemming, Steven Goldstein 2012 Spring R / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Sidney Hemming, Steven Goldstein 2011 Spring M / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 2010 Fall M / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Sidney Hemming, Steven Goldstein 2010 Spring M / 4:10- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Alberto Malinverno, Maria Tolstoy 2009 Fall M / 4:00- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth Sidney Hemming, Steven Goldstein 2009 Spring M / 4:00- 7:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke, Terry Plank 2008 Fall M / 4:00- 8:00 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke 2007 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke, Alberto Malinverno 2006 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth 2004 Fall W / 4:00- 7:00 PM 0
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke, William Ryan 2004 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth 2003 Fall W / 4:00- 7:00 PM 0
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke, William Ryan 2003 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth William Menke, William Ryan 2002 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
EESC / EESC EESC EESC V2200: Earth's Env System: Solid Earth 2002 Fall W / 4:10- 7:00 PM 0