Matthew Severson

This professor has taught: PHYS102, PHYS121, PHYS122, PHYS142, PHYS161, PHYS165, PHYS260, PHYS261, PHYS270, PHYS271, PHYS271M, PHYS476
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Matthew Severson
PHYS261

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/27/2021
You never actually see Severson, but he posts some hilarious announcements and makes the course very clear. The labs are pretty much filling out Excel sheets and its very hard to do poor.
Matthew Severson
PHYS261

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/05/2020
the lab isnt bad. you legit never see severson tho. Its a pretty easy lab not gonna lie
Matthew Severson
PHYS271

Expecting an A+
StardustGogeta
08/15/2020
This lab class seems to act as a companion for both physics 2 and 3 in terms of content covered. The experiments are not very difficult (on the contrary, they are largely self-explanatory), but equipment malfunctions and the like can cause you to lose points at random on every assignment. After repeatedly voicing my complaints to the TA, I was told, “don’t worry about it,” since the class is curved. I maintain my belief that this part of the course should be properly fixed rather than relying on the curve to fix random grading errors. (Note that, as with PHYS261, Severson was never there in-person, only the TAs.
Matthew Severson
PHYS102

Anonymous
12/01/2019
I like the grading - it's very reasonable. Clickers (participation) but he drops a bunch of them, 2 exams, 6ish homework assignments, one final project. I wish the class notes were not handwritten (he wrote them with a tablet or something), even though I understand why they were - he was rewriting this class while teaching it. His handwriting isn't even bad, it just makes finding stuff in the notes really time-consuming since you can't Ctrl-F terms. Had great examples of concepts to show in class, with lots of videos and stuff. He is good at responding to emails and generally pretty friendly.
Matthew Severson
PHYS261

Expecting an A+
StardustGogeta
06/09/2019
This lab is strange because it seems like it should be a corequisite for physics 1, not physics 2. Since almost everything was review, it was very easy, and it was possible to finish each lab at least an hour ahead of time. (Note that Severson was never there in-person, only the TAs.)
Matthew Severson
PHYS271

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/22/2018
Straightforward and you can get an A if you just look over the material a little bit before the exams.
Matthew Severson
PHYS270

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/02/2018
Severson was a good professor. His exams are extremely straightforward. Most of the problems were just plugging variables into equations, so as long as you make a good formula sheet, you'll get an A. He doesn't spend too much time deriving equations and gets straight to the point. He did a great job of teaching physics to engineering majors.