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Debating whether or not to take Dynamics over the summer

elementGelementG Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
edited April 2010 in Engineering Majors
What do you guys think? I did pretty well in Statics but its obvious that Dynamics adds on another dimension of problem solving (motion, acceleration, rotation etc.) I remember doing stuff like that in Physics and I actually had a hard time figuring out which formulas to use for which type of problem. Will it hurt me in the long run when it comes to future engineering courses that have it as a prereq because most summer classes tend to skip a lot of detail due to time constraints.

Class is 6 weeks, 3 days a week, 2 1/2 hours each. To take, or not to take...that is the question.
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Replies to: Debating whether or not to take Dynamics over the summer

  • BostonEngBostonEng Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    if you don't have much else going on in the summer, it is a great idea. it is better to face a hard req one at a time rather than concurrently with 3-4 other classes.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    The material should be the same in the summer as it would be during the school year, just taught a little faster.
  • elementGelementG Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    The only thing I worry about is not fully understanding the concepts because of the speed and applying them in Fluid Mechanics. But I guess that is the downside to summer classes in general.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    You won't have to apply anything from dynamics to fluid mechanics. Fluid mechanics is an entirely separate subject within the umbrella subject of mechanics.
  • purduefrankpurduefrank Registered User Posts: 485 Member
    The material should be the same in the summer as it would be during the school year, just taught a little faster.

    As far as the material covered, it will be similar but not as in depth. However, grade-wise, most summer classes have a much easier grading scale. In fact, I posted a link up here a few months ago with a rigorous study done of engineering students at Purdue - I believe the findings were that a student who earned an A in the summer would likely fail during the fall based on incoming SAT scores. Meaning, students who earned an A in the summer had SAT math scores at the same level as thoughs who normally failed during the fall.

    It's a good way to bring up your GPA.
  • baseballnerdbaseballnerd Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    adding to what PurdueFrank said here is the grade break down for ECE 207 at Purdue(Electronic Measurement Techniques) A 1 credit hour lab

    Grade distribution Spring 2007 : Div. 8: A: 7 B: 20 C: 1 D: 0 F: 0 Div. 10: A: 6 B: 5 C: 2 D: 0 F: 2

    Grade distribution Summer 2006: Div. 2: A: 16 B: 0 C: 0 D: 0 F: 0

    Grade distribution Spring 2006: Div. 10: A: 6 B: 11 C: 1 D: 0 F: 2 Div. 12: A: 7 B: 8 C: 3 D: 0 F: 0

    Grade distribution Fall 2005: Div. 3: A: 10 B: 11 C: 0 D: 0 F: 2 Div. 12: A: 4 B: 14 C: 5 D: 0 F: 0

    Grade distribution Spring 2005: Div. 1: A: 5 B: 10 C: 2 D: 0 F: 1 Div. 10: A: 3 B: 5 C: 5 D: 0 F: 0

    Grade distribution Fall 2004: Div. 17: A: 13 B: 9 C: 3 D: 0 F: 0 Div. 12: A: 8 B: 5 C: 2 D: 1 F: 1

    ECE 207: Summer 2007
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    I still don't believe that any professor worth his weight dumbs down the courses for the summer. How can they give you credit for a course that they are only teaching to a fraction of the required depth? That doesn't even make sense to me at all.
  • cyclone10cyclone10 Registered User Posts: 400 Member
    I wouldn't expect to 'skip' material or dumb down. However, the courses I took were 5 days a week, which I think is more suitable for summer session. Two summer sessoin classes at the same time felt just like a full load in Fall/Spring semester without a doubt; so be cautious of that.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    cyclone10 wrote:
    I wouldn't expect to 'skip' material or dumb down.

    Right, neither would I, but the two posts above me claimed that.
  • saraleigh117saraleigh117 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    So as a side note, would Chem 2, Calc 2, and Physics 1 be too much for a ten week summer load??
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    Most likely.
  • aGGieENGiNeeRaGGieENGiNeeR Registered User Posts: 961 Member
    Saraleigh that sounds like a lot to cram into a 10 week summer. If that were a fall semester then it would without a doubt be no problem, but that's a lot for a summer.
  • cyclone10cyclone10 Registered User Posts: 400 Member
    saraleigh,

    At my school, the summer sessions is split into two six week periods. In which case I would not be allowed to take physics and chem in one session because that would be 9-10 credits and that's eqv. to 18-20 in normal semester (which requires permission).

    Your school may be different, I would ask your engineering advisor, he/she will be able to give you an accurate recommendation.
  • saraleigh117saraleigh117 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    At my school Chem and Phys are each 4 semester hr classes. Calc 2 is also a 4 hr class. It's a total of 12 hrs for the summer term which is the max they allow us to take for summer. I know it's a lot, but I'm really trying to get my required transfer requirement courses in for the school I really want to be at. If I complete these courses this summer then I'm eligable to apply to the other school for spring semester of 2011. I don't know, I'm going to give it a shot.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    Yeah but if you totally overload yourself and hurt your GPA over the summer, you may totally sabotage your chances of getting into that preferred school. Just be careful and prepare to work your butt off.
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