Why This Course
Besides being a requirement, this course is also the only proper examination of special relativity that we get in our undergraduate studies, so it was an exciting course to take.
A Typical Day in This Class
The classes were generally small, and in my case, there are eight students and the professor. Professor Mohamed Lotfi Benabderrahmane would outline the general direction we were heading that day, and we began constructing the proofs or displaying a certain derivation.
The classes were normally quite interactive. Every other week, we would have a problem set, consisting of around six challenging problems to solve. These usually took a good five to 10 hours, and were an enjoyable (if sometimes frustrating) challenge.
What I Loved About The Class
By mid semester, we had gone over the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, and had a fairly solid understanding of them. Then we started learning about special relativity.
In the space of one class, these two very separate concepts of electricity and magnetism — concepts that we had experienced in every day life and knew to be so different — were proven to be the same force. Two sides of the same coin!
The fact you can just sit down with a pen and paper and prove that was really cool to me.
Tips On Navigating What Major or Course to Take
Coming to college, I knew I wanted to study physics. But it wasn't until after I had arrived that I became interested in computer science. If you have a passion, definitely follow it.
Taking courses that weren't directly related to my major like a jazz course in New York, or an introduction to programming course have definitely enriched my experience.
Why NYU Abu Dhabi
I came to NYUAD because it offers so much as a university. The courses offered are really interesting, and it's great to be able to take such a wide variety of them.
There are some really great professors here and you can really get to know them. This is something unheard of in other larger universities.
All these combined with knowing that we have great facilities, great support from our Career Development Center (hugely helpful), and study abroad opportunities really make NYUAD a unique place. It's really an offer I can't refuse.