A recent e-mail from an RF Cafe visitor regarding one of the books
(Physics 1&2, Haliday/Resnick ) that I offer in the
RF Cafe Giveaway drawing each month reminded me of a (now) humorous story.
I took my first two years of electrical engineering school at
, which had an agreement with the
University of Maryland
the freshman and sophomore courses, and as a bonus, an Associate's degree was awarded
(so I have both an Associate's and a Bachelor's degree in engineering). Anyway, many
of the engineering instructors for evening classes (I went part-time) came from the
nearby U.S. Naval Academy
Every one of them was outstanding... except one doofus that taught the second semester
This guy claimed to be an ocean biologist. He didn't even know
how to do calculus. I kid you not when I say that whenever anyone had a question about
how to work homework problem, he looked out over the class with a deer-in-the-headlights
gaze and would ask if anyone knew how to do it. I had very much enjoyed physics until
then. Fortunately, as the result of complaints from myself and others, he was replaced
after a few weeks with another USNA guy that was an absolute inspiration. He not only
loved physics, but was one of the most motivational instructors I've ever had.
Amazingly, the instructor that taught the third semester of physics was also a biologist,
but he was a brimming genius and could work any problem in the book, be it electronic
fields, optics, gravitational forces, or anything else.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster