Tony Heinz

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

Jan 2011

Tony Heinz is a good professor. He teaches the material in a very straightforward manner. The lectures are straight from the text (which I don't think that anyone really read) as are the problem sets. He is clear and answers even the most imbecilic questions kindly and with patience. He is an incredibly nice guy, especially for a physics professor. The only downsides to the class were that the textbook (Schroeder) is really at a pretty low level, the problem sets are sometimes painfully tedious, and that Prof. Heinz does tend to lecture in a dry monotone (although he will occasionally get excited about some example or application). Overall, it was a good class with a good professor, and I would recommend it to math/physics students as well as engineers looking for technical electives. One note: the bulletin claims that quantum mechanics is a prerequisite, but it we didn't use anything beyond the idea that energy is quantized other than writing down the specific energy levels of a particle in a box in class. You really don't need quantum, which was a disappointment.

Dec 2009

Prof. Heinz is fantastic. He is sweet, cares about his students, is a clear lecturer, good at explaining and getting through difficult material, gives fair exams. He also has a nice, down-to-earth perspective on the physics to offer which is a good one to be exposed to. (For example, he appreciates being able to give order of magnitude estimates for quantities off-the-cuff.) The textbook for Thermal and Statistical Physics, Schroeder, is also very readable. Chances are, if you are going to take this course, you are a physics major and therefore have to, but if for some reason you are unsure, I definitely recommend it. It made me want to study Stat. Mech at a more advanced level.

Dec 2008

I cannot believe that have been no reviews of Tony Heinz. This man is absolutely amazing. His dictation is clear and understandable, his answers to questions are always on mark (in the case of a slightly off-topic question, he connects it with the material). The biggest difference between him and other physics professors I've had here is that he emphasizes numbers a lot more. Every other professors just asked us to solve for some quantity in terms of physical constants, but Heinz repeatedly stresses the important constant, which gives you a very good physical intuition for the numbers you are working with. He holds his own recitations and review sessions, which is a lot more than what a lot of professors do already. Also, the textbook we used was great. (Thermal Physics, Schroeder.) It was clear and concise, and very suitable for our level.