Uncle Walter's Guide to Aero/Astro Fall 1997 Index Introduction Credits Statistics Comments Course Ratings Instructor Ratings Exams & Problem Sets
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16.20 Structural Mechanics

Lecturer: Prof. McManus
Pre/ co requisites: 16.030-16.040 Hours From Bulletin: 5-0-7
Response Rate: 14/16 (88%) Actual Hours: 4.8-0.0-5.3

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 4.0 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.3 / 7.0
Prof. McManus (L) 5.6 / 7.0

16.20 is an introductory structural mechanics and materials course. It consists of 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of recitation per week. Most students described it as a well paced, interesting course. However, several students agreed that a good background from Unified is almost essential.

Several students complained that there were no solutions to problem sets and as a result they had to rely on bibles. However, almost everyone agreed that the design problems, despite their length, had good feedback and were also very useful in learning the material. Exams seem to have been fair, but a couple of students noted that they appeared to have been graded slightly arbitrarily.

Professor McManus is generally described as a very enthusiastic lecturer who is capable of explaining things very clearly. He is very friendly, helpful and prompt in returning graded material.

It is a very practical and useful class

Design problems were cool, generally interesting assignments


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 5.5 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 5.9 / 7.0
was well-administered: 5.6 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: N/A

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. McManus
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 5.6 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.7 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 5.6 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 6.1 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 5.8 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 5.4 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 5.7 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 5.4 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 6.3 / 7.0 4.7 / 7.0 3.8 / 7.0 4.1 / 7.0
Exam reviews N/A N/A N/A N/A
Problem sets 6.6 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0 4.1 / 7.0
Papers / Projects 5.9 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 4.7 / 7.0
Length 5.0 / 7.0
Interesting? 2.8 / 7.0
Difficulty 4.9 / 7.0

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