Took this class with Edgerton and Cooper. It was like night and day! Cooper was a good lecturer and explained concepts nicely and drew pictures on the overhead. Such a pleasant man, easy to listen to. Edgerton, however, had nothing of value in his lectures, didn't seem prepared at all, and spent a lot of time rambling about how we should be sure to study chapter _. Plus, his lecture slides were just the pictures from the text book. Everyone came to Cooper's lectures..no one came to Edgerton's. Also, I hated his questions on the midterm and final. I thought the final was RIDICULOUS. And he made a huge deal about making sure we knew a chapter he never went over..so I read it and there was NOTHING on it on the test. It was an interesting chapter, but took up a good 2 hours I could've used to study other stuff. He doesn't consider that we have other classes to study for as well. If you can take it with someone else, do it.
This elective class was very laid back and relaxed compared to the other physci classes I've taken. Edgerton is all about the thinking process and not pure memorization. The midterm was a take-home one (2 essays). The assignments were research proposals that required a lot of thinking and research, which he helped you with. The only issue is that he is so busy that he doesn't have as much time for the students as I've been used to. You have to catch him RIGHT after class or else, good luck. He missed several classes to travel on behalf of his research as well. The final exam was taken at home and open note, but because it was essay-style, graded harshly. Overall, the material of the class was interesting but the way his slides were presented were often confusing. The testing methods really allowed me to barely study and in turn, I don't think I learned as much as I could have in this class.I got an A- since I worked hard on the exams and assignments, but I still think the class is very poorly organized.