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TME075 Mechanics of solids and fluids, TME075

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2008-10-21 - 2008-11-14
Antal svar: 27
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: ?%
Kontaktperson: Magnus Ekh»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Maskinteknik 300 hp

Your own effort

1. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?

We mean total time, that is, it comprises the time you spent in class and the time you spent on your own work. Try to estimate the average time over the entire study period.

27 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 11%
Around 20 hours/week»9 33%
Around 25 hours/week»10 37%
Around 30 hours/week»4 14%
At least 35 hours/week»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 2.66

- too much emphasis on the basic things which you should already know as a masters student» (At most 15 hours/week)
- The amount of work within the course was just right.» (Around 20 hours/week)
- In the first two weeks it was less but in the last week it was many more» (Around 25 hours/week)

2. How large part of the teaching offered did you attend?

27 svarande

0%»0 0%
25%»1 3%
50%»2 7%
75%»7 25%
100%»17 62%

Genomsnitt: 4.48

- more around 15%» (25%)
- I missed one 8 o"clock lecture.» (100%)

3. How much time did you spend on this course, as compared to the course "Computations in Mechanics"?

27 svarande

Much less»0 0%
Less»2 7%
Similar»9 33%
More»9 33%
Much more»3 11%
I haven"t done the other course»4 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.92

- The two courses were well balanced» (Similar)

Goals and goal fulfilment

The course syllabus states the course goals in terms of learning outcomes, i.e., knowledge, skills and attitudes to be acquired by the student during the course.

4. How understandable are the course goals?

27 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»6 22%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»2 7%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»19 70%

Genomsnitt: 3.25

- But » (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)
- Good with the learning outcomes that we got.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)
- The detailed learning outcomes are highly appreciated.» (The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn)

5. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

Answer this this question and the succeeding one, only if you do know the course goals.

22 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»2 9%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»18 81%
No, the goals are set too high»2 9%

Genomsnitt: 2

- if there be some more lectures i think it will be better.» (Yes, the goals seem reasonable)
- I am an exchange student, and I had a hard time adjusting to the notation used here. » (No, the goals are set too high)

6. Did the examination assess whether you have reached the goals?

23 svarande

No, not at all»1 4%
To some extent»8 34%
Yes, definitely»12 52%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»2 8%

Genomsnitt: 2.65

- The first question was more calculation than mechanics. There were a lot of things to know how to derivate in the learning outcomes and sometime it is confusing during the exam even if we had worked well to learn them. It could be better to have some hints ?!» (To some extent)
- i have expected that exam asks about more details in part 1 and 3.» (To some extent)
- It was very clear what would be on the exam.» (Yes, definitely)

7. How much did assignment I help you to reach the goals?

24 svarande

Not at all»1 4%
To some extent»7 29%
Much»16 66%
0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- It should have been more clear on what was supposed to be handed in. Quite stressful assignment.» (To some extent)
- It was a though start with assigmnment 1 and some of the exercises were really hard, but looking back i think it was a good preparation for the rest. » (Much)
- The most difficult one of the assignments» (Much)
- Maybee it would bee bether to slow down a little in the beginning. There should be at least one more week for assignment 1. » (Much)
- good way to learn the new index notation system» (Much)
- quite a chock-start! A good thing though, but it is important that you inform the students from the first day that there is twelve problems that should be handed in at first assignment. I understood it quite late, first i thought it was only three problems that should be handed in first week, due to the course pm.» (Much)

8. How much did assignment II help you to reach the goals?

24 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
To some extent»12 50%
Much»12 50%

Genomsnitt: 2.5

- I found Assignment 2 to be excellent. Being provided a computationally solved problem and then picking it apart to check it matches reality seemed to be an excellent way to convey key fluid mechanic principles.» (?)
- But it did take too much time compared to what you learned.» (To some extent)
- This assignment was very good. I learned a lot doing this assignment!!» (Much)

9. How much did assignment III help you to reach the goals?

25 svarande

Not at all»1 4%
To some extent»12 48%
Much»12 48%

Genomsnitt: 2.44

- I found the third assignment did nothing except give a good refresher on how to integrate indefinite integrals. Unluckily for myself I spent far too much time trying to get my analytical description of a plate to produce a reasonable result I wasted A LOT of time just rearranging equations and not learning anything at all. When most of my fellow students were beginning to study for exams I was banging my head on the table because of having looked over a cubic term.» (Not at all)
- as usual, we dont get the results of the last assignment until after the exam. thats not good. classic chalmers problem» (To some extent)

Teaching and course administration

10. To what extent has the teaching in part I been of help for your learning?

26 svarande

Small extent»2 7%
Some extent»8 30%
Large extent»12 46%
Great extent»4 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.69

- It was fine to learn your notation over here, but I will probably never use it at home.» (Small extent)
- I have answered questions 1 to 3 with "some extent". This is not to do with the lecturers ability but a reflection of the amount of work that needs to be done outside of face to face time.» (Some extent)
- Teach more about indexes at first!» (Some extent)
- it is difficult to learn without teaching» (Great extent)

11. To what extent has the teaching in part II been of help for your learning?

26 svarande

Small extent»3 11%
Some extent»9 34%
Large extent»10 38%
Great extent»4 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.57

- The teaching was too close to the text in the book» (Small extent)
- This part may be the most difficult comparing with the others parts because it was more abstract ( particles scale ). The good thing in this part was the explanation of many phenomenas with cases in point ( ie diffusion term part...)» (Great extent)
- it is difficult to learn without teaching» (Great extent)
- Lars Davidsson is one of the best teachers I ever had on Chalmers. I learned alot from him. » (Great extent)

12. To what extent has the teaching in part III been of help for your learning?

26 svarande

Small extent»1 3%
Some extent»8 30%
Large extent»13 50%
Great extent»4 15%

Genomsnitt: 2.76

- I would prefer more focus on the physical meaning of the formulas than doing a lot of writing and deriving.» (Some extent)
- Good to do the derivations on the blackboard» (Large extent)
- it is difficult to learn without teaching» (Great extent)

13. To what extent has the Mase book been of help for your learning?

26 svarande

Small extent»15 57%
Some extent»7 26%
Large extent»3 11%
Great extent»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 1.61

- only used it to look up the exercises. nice price though.» (Small extent)
- Mase is not the best text I have come accross. It has a lot of solved problems, but most of these are "proof" type problems than implementation of the work developed in the text. I found one of the ebooks we have access to through the library to be much better at least for section 1 of the course: Elements of Continuum Mechanics by Romesh C. Batra» (Some extent)
- It was very cheap and it provided enough to learn what we needed to learn, so thanks. » (Some extent)
- The book is really hard to learn from. It feels like you have to know everything before you read it. » (Some extent)
- Keep it! » (Large extent)
- The book is good and there are a lot of problems to practice. » (Great extent)

14. To what extent has the lecture notes in part I been of help for your learning?

25 svarande

Small extent»1 4%
Some extent»4 16%
Large extent»17 68%
Great extent»3 12%

Genomsnitt: 2.88

- The first part of section 1 does not really need lecture notes, it"s like explaining a+b=b+a. The second part of section 1, the derivations, would be better supplied as a pdf which is walked through and thoroughly discussed. Copying down so much information encourages mistakes in our notes which leads to confusion.» (Small extent)
- More about indexes to get a basic knowledge before starting with difficult prolems» (Some extent)
- These made it very convenient to know what you expected of us.» (Large extent)

15. To what extent has the lecture notes in part II been of help for your learning?

26 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 3%
Large extent»13 50%
Great extent»12 46%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

- The compendium of section 2 was excellent» (Large extent)
- These made it very convenient to know what you expected of us. And I liked how the entire lecture was in the notes....so during class I could pay attention the entire time, instead of racing to write everything down.» (Large extent)
- I didn"t find Mase useful for this part.» (Large extent)
- write a book, its that good!» (Great extent)
- There wasń,t much more to read...» (Great extent)

16. To what extent has the lecture notes in part III been of help for your learning?

25 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»3 12%
Large extent»15 60%
Great extent»7 28%

Genomsnitt: 3.16

- maybe some exercises with problems to solve (with some calculations) could be added.» (Large extent)
- These made it very convenient to know what you expected of us.» (Large extent)
- They were good!» (Large extent)
- I didn"t find Mase useful for this part.» (Large extent)
- write a book, its that good!» (Great extent)

17. How well did the course administration, web page, handouts etc work?

26 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 3%
Rather well»10 38%
Very well»15 57%

Genomsnitt: 3.53

- good with assignmenthand in on the student portal» (Very well)
- The lecturers obviously went out of their way providing so many summaries and the like.» (Very well)
- no problems» (Very well)

Study climate

18. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help?

27 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»7 25%
Very good»16 59%
I did not seek help»4 14%

Genomsnitt: 3.88

- I would have appreciated some classes for problem solving and asking questions in the twa last parts as we had in the first.. » (Rather good)
- i asked the assistant teacher, and he answered everything I asked» (Rather good)
- The teachers are very helpful, so I think the opportunities for getting help is very good!!» (Very good)

19. How well has cooperation between you and your fellow students worked?

27 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 3%
Rather well»9 33%
Very well»17 62%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.59

- I got frustrated a lot because of language problems, and we both struggled with the course....which made everything difficult. But we made it through and finished everything, so no major complaints.» (Rather poorly)

20. How was the course workload?

26 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»13 50%
High»10 38%
Too high»1 3%

Genomsnitt: 3.34

- The 3 assignments were just right.» (Adequate)
- Very high, but that is good. » (High)
- but we overkilled assignment II so...» (High)

21. How was the total workload this study period?

26 svarande

Too low»1 3%
Low»1 3%
Adequate»12 46%
High»10 38%
Too high»2 7%

Genomsnitt: 3.42

- not because of this course but another course has taken me a lot of time» (High)
- Very high, but that is good. » (High)
- but the two courses did not interfere to much» (High)

Summarizing questions

22. What is your general impression of the course?

27 svarande

Poor»1 3%
Fair»2 7%
Adequate»5 18%
Good»14 51%
Excellent»5 18%

Genomsnitt: 3.74

- I believe there where too many concepts and theories / derivations to remember, it would be better to focus more generally with greater focus on understanding the underlying physics.» (Adequate)
- good to get a repetitions on old knowledge and a good start to the following courses in the master program » (Good)
- Gives a good general basis for fluids and solids» (Good)
- as some repetitions, so many new outcomes, both useful.» (Excellent)
- I really liked this course, it maked me feel that my choice of masters program was perfect for me.» (Excellent)

23. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- most of the course should be preserved, although it was a hard course. »
- The lecture notes are very good.»
- Teachers :)»
- The consept with three parts and the assignments.»
- every thing»
- The 3 assignments and the clear outline of what will be on the exams. »
- Part 2 and 3»
- All the assignments are really good, and hould definitely be preserved to next year. »
- lecture notes, sheet of formulas and the great communication (emails, updates etc)»
- lecture notes»
- I think the current method is well»
- Learning outcomes were well presented»
- Mase, problems»
- The assignments were of great help and seem to be good to be preserved.»

24. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- More problem solving sessions, where the students can sit and do some of the exercises and get help if needed (as in the first part) »
- Skip the Mase book and put more excercices in the lecture notes instead.»
- examination with problem needing more thinking rather memorizing how to derivate 26 formulas»
- Another book. The lecture notes gave me more than the book did.»
- improving the lecture notes for the part 1 and 3.»
- Try putting the entire lectures for part 1 and part 3 in the lecture notes, so we don"t need to write as many notes. »
- I think that it would be good to maybee have one more week at the first part. »
- change of litterature (mase). not definitely but if its possible»
- More example exams»
- It"s better that teacher"s note become more complete in order to not to write in the class to much and listen more.»
- In second part it would be nice, if you would know on the exam, what you have to derive. Because one shouldn"t learn the results by-hart, but should be able to derive it correctly. »
- More index-information, shorter assignment 2»
- Mase book did not seem to be a text book that can be used as a reference book but a nice one to increase ones ability to solve continuum mechanics problems. It might be a good idea to change for a better reference. »

25. Additional comments

- i would prefer a more careful introuction to the indices, maybe part 1 could have one more lecture and part 2 one less... It would be really valuable to have a little more time to understand how the indices work and get used to it.. »
- Lars Davidsson has to be teaching in more coarses, he is great!!»
- The content of the course is ok, but more coud be added, and less time spent on "kindergarden" things. I was mostly upset because I felt intellectualy insulted by the lectures»

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