"Weed Out" Courses. Hi everyone. I wanted to know what PFers thought about "weed out" courses. A weed out course is where the course is made very difficult, intentionally, so that many students drop out. I've had one such course so far, a sophmore physics course. We covered about 500 pages of material, and still had to do lab work every week, homework assignments, and some programming. At the beginning of the course the prof even told us that they were making the course hard to get rid of many students (they acheived their goal), and leave behind the good students in the physics department. I survived the course with an average mark. A few students aced the course, and obvously those guys are just brilliant, and will excel in physics. I'm not sure if I appreciate that course. Anyway, I didn't appreciate it at the time because it made me quit physics, and now I regret that, and it's a bit too late for me to do any physics now. I understand the point of such courses -- to weed out the bad students, and have the good students cut their teeth, er, so to speak -- but is it justified, is it a good idea? Thoughts?