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 Anne Arundel Community College
, which had an agreement with the University of Maryland
to teach 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
(Annapolis). Every one of them was outstanding... except one doofus that taught the second semester physics course.
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