Aradae wrote:My relationship with my Physics professor has been pretty rough so far. I always feel a bit of hostility coming from her every time I answer a question in a way that she doesn't like. She seems to always focus on me in asking questions. It feels as if she's trying to destroy me.
Yes, but make sure it doesn't come from both ways. Teaching a class isn't as easy as it looks. There are kids in the class with different levels of ability and different personalities, and you have to teach to all of them. And you won't like all of your students, no matter how nice a person you are.
Sometimes you simplify things a bit too much for the moment, and plan to explain the more complicated aspects later on. If someone then asks a question about those complicated aspects, they reintroduce the confusion you were trying to avoid for the other kids . The person asking the question didn't do anything wrong, but in some situations it makes teaching a lot harder.
Sometimes you make a mistake, and someone in class picks it up. If you don't deal very careful with such a situation, you can lose authority, and you need that authority to keep your class in hand. Again, the person noticing the mistake didn't do anything wrong, but they still make it harder to teach.
Sometimes, there is someone in your class who thinks they know something better than the teacher, while they actually don't. Usually these are the smarter students, and they have as much a right to make mistakes as others. But correcting these mistakes is difficult, because most of the class will not understand the argument, and if you are not careful you will only confuse them more.
From you description, it sounds as if you have become a bit of a confusing factor in this particular class. That doesn't mean you are really doing something wrong, just that your way of asking and answering doesn't fit with her way of teaching. She has a rest of the class to care about, so she can't change her methods just for you. And perhaps she just isn't a great teacher. That happens.
In such a situation, everyone is better off if you keep a bit quiet in class. Don't be a smartass if you can avoid it, and if you do have a serious question like the one above, ask it outside of class. If you think you are right and she is wrong, be polite, and assume at first that she knows what she is talking about. Without a class watching, it's much easier for her to admit she was wrong, and odds are you were not in fact as right as you thought.