Uncle Walter Introduction Top Statistics Credits Comments

16.030/16.040 Unified Engineering

Lecturer: Prof. Harris, Prof. Markey, Prof. Hall, Prof. Lagace, Prof. Waitz
Pre/co requisites: 16.010, 16.020
Hours From Bulletin: 8-3-13
Actual Hours: 10-2.7-15.81

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 5.8 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.6 / 7.0
Prof. Harris (L) 5.38 / 7.0
Prof. Markey (L) 5.06 / 7.0
Prof. Hall (L) 5.11 / 7.0
Prof. Lagace (L) 5.45 / 7.0
Prof. Waitz (L) 6.12 / 7.0
Prof. Frey (T) 6.88 / 7.0

In general, students described Unified Engineering as a positive experience, albeit a stressful, sometimes taxing one. Teaching was described as very good to excellent, with special praise given to the recitation instructor, Prof. Dan Frey, and the Graduate TA, Lee Yang.

Professor Hall (Signals and Systems) received widely differing comments. Most students agreed that his lecturing style improved significantly from 16.010/16.020, and most felt that he had a sincere desire in seeing the students learn the material. However, many described his lectures as dull or boring, and one student described Prof. Hall as arrogant.

Professor Harris (Fluids) was largely regarded as a good instructor, but many felt that his material suffered from poor board technique and disorganized lectures. One student praised him for "stimulating interest in difficult subject matter," while another found him "very professional."

Professor Lagace (Materials and Structures) was praised by almost everyone for vast improvement from 16.010/16.020. His lectures were described as largely effective, and students seemed to appreciate his sense of humor. One student said "Lagace's lectures are beautiful. I think I'm going to frame my notes." The only negative comments about Professor Lagace indicated that some students felt intimidated and afraid to approach him, while others felt that he had a negative attitude toward the class.

Professor Markey (Dynamics) was described as kind and sensitive to the workload of the class. Most considered his teaching style to be effective. However, many found his lecture material boring, largely due to repetition from material covered in 8.01.

Professor Waitz (Thermodynamics and Propulsion) was given high ratings for his notes, as well as his sense of humor and his enthusiasm. A few students felt that there was not enough time devoted to his material, however.

Professor Frey (Recitation Instructor) received nothing but positive comments, with many, many students referring to him as "The Man." One student went as far as saying "Dan Frey has been our savior," with another saying, "Frey is the best professor on campus, no joke." Students felt that his recitations were one of the most important elements in learning and understanding the material in Unified.

Lee Yang (Graduate TA) also received strong positive comments, like Prof. Frey. Students appreciated the time commitment that he made to the class, and they felt that he was an invaluable resource in learning the material well.

Most students felt that the pace of Unified was about right, although a non-trivial number said it was too fast. A recurring theme amongst the comments was the students' sentiment that the gargantuan amount of material to be covered in one semester often did not allow for much depth of understanding. However, most students still felt that the class, on the whole, was excellent and well worth the time they put into it.

To succeed in Unified Engineering, most respondents indicated a working knowledge of 18.01, 18.02, 8.01, and 8.02 to be essential, with several students noting the importance of 18.03. Most students indicated that they used old bibles as resources, but almost everyone listed problem sets and recitations as the real keys to understanding the material.

On the whole, students felt that the problem sets provided good practice, but they felt the homework was just too long. Exam reviews were largely considered unhelpful, while exams were criticized for being both too long for the one hour allocated for them, as well as too difficult. Few comments on the textbooks were given, although the thermodynamics notes and the fluids book both received a few positive reviews.

Overall, students felt that Unified Engineering was an excellent experience and that completing it provided them with a great deal of satisfaction. Several described it as the best class at MIT, and one student went as far as saying that he would enjoy doing it all over again.

The lectures were well presented about 75% of the time. The texts help fill in those holes. The TA's patched the remaining cracks.

We are not really prepared to build the planes.

The demos, the subject content, the format, the prepared notes, Frey, Frey, Frey, Frey, Frey.

[What is most useful for good performance in this class?]
Calculus! Oh, algebra helps, too....
Practice in not sleeping for excessive hours; sado-masochism is a plus.
Be omniscient.

Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 4.46 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 5.12 / 7.0

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Harris Prof. Markey Prof. Hall
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 5.57 / 7.0 5.15 / 7.0 5.25 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.07 / 7.0 4.67 / 7.0 4.92 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 5.03 / 7.0 5.06 / 7.0 5.03 / 7.0
Uses information technology effectively: 4.74 / 7.0 5.18 / 7.0 5.59 / 7.0
Speaks well: 5.87 / 7.0 5.06 / 7.0 5.42 / 7.0
Encourages questions and class participation: 5.10 / 7.0 5.52 / 7.0 5.33 / 7.0
Stimulates interest in the subject: 4.90 / 7.0 5.27 / 7.0 4.28 / 7.0
Is available outside of class for questions: 5.37 / 7.0 4.27 / 7.0 4.94 / 7.0
Overall rating of teaching: 5.38 / 7.0 5.06 / 7.0 5.11 / 7.0

Instructor Prof. Lagace Prof. Waitz Prof. Frey
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 5.97 / 7.0 6.24 / 7.0 6.68 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.03 / 7.0 6.15 / 7.0 6.74 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 5.66 / 7.0 6.12 / 7.0 6.61 / 7.0
Uses information technology effectively: 5.25 / 7.0 5.92 / 7.0 6.60 / 7.0
Speaks well: 6.03 / 7.0 6.26 / 7.0 6.76 / 7.0
Encourages questions and class participation: 5.64 / 7.0 6.29 / 7.0 6.94 / 7.0
Stimulates interest in the subject: 5.58 / 7.0 6.15 / 7.0 6.85 / 7.0
Is available outside of class for questions: 5.69 / 7.0 5.68 / 7.0 6.91 / 7.0
Overall rating of teaching: 5.45 / 7.0 5.06 / 7.0 6.12 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets, and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 5.0 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 4.5 / 7.0
Problem sets 5.79 / 7.0 N/A 5.46 / 7.0 5.12 / 7.0
Papers / Projects 5.1 / 7.0 6.0 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 5.3 / 7.0

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 4.4 / 7.0
Length 4.7 / 7.0
Interesting? 3.5 / 7.0