In the very least, the A in the course the second time around will show that you have learned from your mistakes and were able to improve your understanding of the material dramatically. A D and then an A in a course will look better than just a D in the course, in my opinion. This is, of course, assuming you do much better the second time around. A D and then a C- will probably not help your case much.
I have had the worst luck this semester with this class, most of it due to my lab partner who does not share the workload in this class [lab based class] and sometimes refuses to do his work. I am debating if I should drop it [no W] or retake it.
In general this semester I feel is not representative of my abilities. I have had the following schedule: Engineering Thermodynamics, Quantum and Special Rel. (Honors), Analog Circuitry, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and gym. I guess i am getting at: If I do not do great this semester, but do awesome in the semesters to come, will this semester haunt me for a good grad school? I am a Engineering Physics major by the way.
Everyone has tough semesters, and, by the looks of it, yours is one of the tougher ones. I would not worry about it too much. Do the best you can this semester, and try to lighten your load for the semesters ahead if you can. It looks like you are taking ~16 credits of physics/engineering. That is ALOT. You may want to take less physics/engineering classes at one time so you can have more time to devote to each class.
Yes I understand. I am just following the schedule for my major given by the school. Enlight of this I will only be taking 12 hrs in the fall. Intermediate Mech., Digital Circuits, Mathematical Physics, and Advanced Lab. I just prey that this semester does not ruin me.
I am debating if I should drop it [no W] or retake it.
If there's no penalty for dropping the class, why not drop it and retake it?
Why would anyone want to re-take a course if they didn't fail it? If your mark was low, use the next summer to re-learn it. I imagine that in higher years you will be assumed to know this knowledge, and if you shine in upper years it would show you learned it anyway. Sounds like a waste of money to me.
That's kind of how I feel. If I saw someone had gotten a C in a course and then took the class again, it would seem like they were wasting their time, not up to learning on their own, more concerned about the grade than the knowledge, etc. Not to sound so negative, but I think graduate admissions people, while liking high GPAs, tend to look more for highly self-motivated students, and taking a class you already passed seems kind of suspect.
I'm in sort of the same situation.
I had a tough semester and depending on how well I do on my exams I may have some low grades. What my advice is (the advice I've been given too) is to review the material over your break and just try to do well the following semester. If you do well in classes which require the previous material then there probably isn't much value in retaking the course.