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16.050 Thermal Energy

Lecturer: Prof. Waitz
Pre/ co requisites: 16.030-16.040 Hours From Bulletin: 3-1-8
Response Rate: 26/33 (78.8%) Actual Hours: 3.4-0.0-6.7

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 4.8 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.4 / 7.0
Prof. Waitz (L) 6.4 / 7.0
Dr. Guenette (L) 4.8 / 7.0
Karasi (T) 4.7 / 7.0

Students thought that Prof. Waitz gave clear presentations and got his point across well. His "intuitive explanations" of the material were well received. They also praised his enthusiasm, which made the class "interesting" and "fun". One student noted that Waitz's teaching was "the best ... in the department !"

Students found Dr. Guenette well-prepared for lecture and complimented his handouts. However, they indicated that he tended to wander from the topic and thought his blackboard technique and handwriting needed improvement. Some students thought Dr. Guenette's lectures were monotonic, others thought he was enthusiastic. One student applauded Dr. Guenette's problems, calling them "interesting" and "challenging".

The teaching assistant, Karasi, did not receive many comments. Students noted that his blackboard technique and handwriting needed improvement. One student thought that he presented examples well and another mentioned that he was helpful and willing to answer questions.

Students said that the pace of the class was just right. They overwhelmingly agreed that Unified Engineering was all the background needed for this course and most said they did not consult any outside references.

The majority of the respondents agreed that the first exam was too long but many also noted that this problem was remedied in the second exam. Some students commented that the problem sets were not a good preparation for exam problems and that there weren't enough problem sets. One student noted that this problem was also remedied in the second half of the term, along with improved grading of the assignments. Several students noted that the text was not very helpful.

The large majority of students said their overall impression of the class was good. A few students, however, noted that the course could have been more organized and contiguous. The majority of suggestions to improve the course focused on the texts and the material the class covered. Several students suggested that a heat transfer book be required. Some students mentioned that they would like more material covered: radiation, combustion, more heat transfer. Overall, students seemed pleased with the course.

"Review of Unified with a few new concepts."

"A great continuation to unified. A great job."

"Good part was tours."


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 5.6 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 5.5 / 7.0
was well-administered: 5.7 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: N/A

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Waitz Dr. Guenette Karasi
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 6.5 / 7.0 4.8 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 6.5 / 7.0 4.8 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 6.5 / 7.0 3.3 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 6.5 / 7.0 5.7 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 6.4 / 7.0 5.5 / 7.0 5.5 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 6.5 / 7.0 5.5 / 7.0 4.8 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 6.6 / 7.0 6.2 / 7.0 5.6 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 5.7 / 7.0 5.5 / 7.0 5.3 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 5.4 / 7.0 5.3 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0
Exam reviews 5.6 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0 3.9 / 7.0 N/A
Problem sets 5.4 / 7.0 4.7 / 7.0 3.6 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0
Papers / Projects N/A N/A N/A N/A

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 4.0 / 7.0
Length 4.3 / 7.0
Interesting? 3.3 / 7.0
Difficulty 4.2 / 7.0

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