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Princeton University GEO371/PHY371 : Global Geophysics

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2009

Every paragraph below is an individual student's answer to the question: "How would you describe the overall quality of the lectures?".

I thought he was a great lecturer, his style made asking questions easier than it is in any of my other classes which allowed me to get a lot more out of the lectures classes then I think I normally would have.
Prof. Simons is an excellent lecturer and very knowledgeable. He obviously has a lot of experience teaching this class. His lectures were engaging and clear. I am curious to take more class in the geology dept. I really appreciate his devotion to teach this class in the evening. Thank you so much for caring for our learning.
The lectures were well prepared but also interactive. The professor always welcomed interruption for the sake of the students' understanding. There was a good balance of fill-in-the-blank style participation from the class.

Every paragraph below is an individual student's answer to the question: "Please comment on the quality of the readings in the course."

I thought the readings were interesting, I wished I'd have more time to go through all of them, but I really like how papers were handed out in the beginning simply for our interests.
The reading as a supplement for the lectures were very good.
The readings served their purpose: not so much to present material but rather to demonstrate the currency and relevancy of the material we were learning. The contemporary articles gave us a bit of an immersion test to see if we were becoming literate in geophysics.

Every paragraph below is an individual student's answer to the question: "Please comment on the guidance of the instructor(s) in preparing you to do [...] problem sets to the course".

Problem sets are quite good, and help us to learn the material related the class.
I thought the problems sets were a good mix of material we had done in class, material that was covered in the books, and material we needed to work out on our own.
The problem sets were difficult, very difficult.
The problem set were helpful.
The problem sets were interesting and well written. I often only felt like I really learned the material after completing the problem set.

2008 (when it was called GEO320 : Introductory Geophysics)

Every paragraph below is an individual student's answer to the question: "Please comment on the strengths of the course".

The professor has a very strong depth of knowledge on the material and the class is a good introduction to a variety of important tools in the geosciences.
Intensive overview of the subject field. Stimulating topics!
The course was a great introduction to geophysics. It did not assume any prior knowledge of the subject. The clear division between the topics we covered helped.
It was a good overview of the subject matter. It covered everything thouroughly. The professor was very understanding and forgiving of late work.
Lecture was very informative. Good problem sets. No midterm.

Frederik Simons
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