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[E3113] Solid Mechanics

December 18, 2007

Chen, Xi
[E3113] Solid Mechanics

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Xi is alright, although his lectures are anything but stimulating/helpful. You can solve all of the problems using the equations in the book. You need to know some weird geometries to set up some of the problems he makes up.

Workload:

10 not bad problem sets, two midterms, final where he gives you the 20 question problem set a month in advance. Make sure you know how to do all of them

January 17, 2006

Chen, Xi
[E3113] Solid Mechanics

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First of all, Xi still has a pretty thick accent. You can get used to this. His class is tough though. Homeworks range from not too bad to very difficult. Look to spend a lot of time on them, preferably in a group (this is encouraged by the professor).

His lecture style doesn;t help much. He moves VERY quickly, but will always slow doown to answer questions. The book sucks and doesn't help much at all. You absolutely have to go to class and pay attention to even think about doing better than a B in this class. I would recommend writing down all the examples, since the book doesn't begin to tell you how to solve the homework problems. Another pain in the ass is that the class met Mon Wed Fri, at 10am.

Learn the material backwards and forwards. The midterms are awful. No numbers and no BS-ing your way through them. Knowing the formulas is nowhere near enough. They are the types of problems where only symbols are given and a number should magically pop out at the end as the answer. The final is weird. 16 problems given in advance. 4 are chosen to be on the exam. Basically by the exam time you had better have solved them all or found someone who has or else you are screwed. You also have to know why your answer works. Another hint: he chooses the trickiest problems to put on the exam. Good luck, you're gonna need it.

Workload:

Weekly HW, 2 midterms, final. All very difficult.

March 28, 2003

Vaicaitis, Rimas
[E3113] Solid Mechanics

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Professor Vaicaitis is very knowledgable of the subject and gives well structured lectures. Even though he might not be the most energetic lecturer, he is thoughtful of students and answers questions well. In a subject filled with a myriad of useless equations and constants, he makes life simple by focusing on the essentials in the material. Vaicaitis' exams are very fairly graded since he bases his grades on your actual understanding of the central themes of the subject.

The lab that accompanies this course is somewhat of a joke since it is a time race rather than an actual in-depth application of the concepts (every group only gets half an hour to complete the lab). In conclusion, I learned quite a bit without the pain and tribulation that accompany other classes in engineering.

Workload:

Weekly homework sets which range from relatively easy to hard. Biweekly lab report done in groups of five students. One midterm and one final, both moderate in difficulty and fairly graded.

March 28, 2003

Betti, Raimondo Silver_nugget
[E3113] Solid Mechanics

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A professor who is here to teach -- and teach well for that matter! Professor Betti will do anything in his power to ensure that the concepts that he presents in class are understood by anyone and everyone. During our semester, he even set up a recitation section which he himself taught to help students who had trouble with the material. Betti's teaching is very down-to-earth, presenting otherwise complicated concepts in a simple, understandable manner. In his lectures, he seeks a discussion with students and challenges them to interact with him, an approach that might scare some people in the beginning. Even though he might seem a little aggressive in his lecturing, his Italian soul lends him to become a tad more involved in the material than other professors, but it keeps the atmosphere of the lecture energetic. This is not a class in which one sleeps!

Workload:

Average Workload. Long but humane weekly problem sets, one straightforward and fairly graded midterm and final.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids George Deodatis 2012 Fall MW / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids George Deodatis 2010 Fall F / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Huiming Yin 2009 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Xi Chen 2008 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Xi Chen 2006 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Xi Chen 2004 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Xi Chen 2003 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Raimondo Betti 2002 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1
CEEM / ENME CEEM ENME E3113: Mechanics of Solids Andrew Smyth 2001 Fall MWF / 10:00-10:50 AM 1