February 17, 2009

Ateshian, Gerard
[MECE E1001] Mechanical Engineering: From Micro Machines to Jumbo Jets

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

Ateshian is one of the most clear and concise professors I have ever had. The class was extremely easy - it could easily have been called Physics for Dummies. We began with concepts such as F=ma, and concepts never got harder than that. It was truly an introductory course. Ateshian went extremely slowly, spending multiple class lectures on very simple concepts such as vector addition, as if he were teaching 5th graders and not Ivy League students. His writing was very legible (probably because he went so slow and wrote down absolutely every step). He followed the book word for word, so there is really no need to go to class, but like I said, listening to his lecture, however boring, will spare you from having to read 30-40 pages of the book, since he basically paraphrased it for us.

If you want an easy A from a very enjoyable professor, Ateshian is for you. I would definitely take him again.

Workload:

EXTREMELY LIGHT
A few problem sets, usually 3-4 problems each - will take you a maximum of 1 hour to complete, although even that's pushing it. Some weeks the homework was 300 word reviews of guest lectures - so you have to go to those, but even if you don't, you can easily BS 300 words about the topic at hand.

One midterm, very easy but because of that, if you made a stupid mistake, it quickly bumped you down to a B. I misread one problem, and because of that got a B- on the midterm

One group project about an aspect of automotive engineering. I did the entire project myself without the help of my group in about 2-3 hours, and got an A on it, so it is very easy.

One final, equally easy, but again, very easy to mess up on.