Math Upper Division Part II, Spring 2008

Math 105 (Second Course in Analysis)
Maria Ratner, MWF 10-11, 85 Evans
Average GPA in upper div: 1.81, 15% A, 11% B, 41% C, 7% D, 26% F
“She’s the harshest grader ever…no curves. It would be really hard to get an A in her class. But her lectures are awesome…Incredible teacher. She knows the material extremely well. Her lectures are crystal clear and memorized (she uses no notes!). She is very nice and approachable at office hours…She holds students to a high standard, but her lectures are so perfect that a textbook is barely necessary. I probably could have gotten a better grade with a different professor, but I definitely would not have learned nearly as much as I did!”
Texts: Principles of Mathematical Analysis, Real Analysis (3rd Edition)

Math 114 (Second Course in Abstract Algebra)
Martin Olbermann, MWF 1-2, 71 Evans
No info given.
Text: Reader at Copy Central

Math 121A (Mathematical Tools for the Physical Sciences)
Shamgar Gurevitch, TuTh 1230-2, 75 Evans
Average GPA: 3.34, 62% A, 20% B, 11% C, 3% D, 3% F
No ratings. However, I did grade for him (for this class), so I can personally attest he’s very generous with late homework and make-up tests. If you want a professor who holds your hand through this class, this is your dude.
Text: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences

Math 121B (Mathematical Tools for the Physical Sciences)
Vera Serganova, MWF 12-1, 71 Evans
Average GPA: 3.38, 56% A, 25% B, 19% C
“Very fun, awesome lecture. Also a very fair grader. I don’t mean easy, i just mean fair. Very willing to answer questions…She goes too quick most of the time but possible to follow if you take good notes. Tests were very hard in the sense you have to apply what was covered… I couldn’t understand anything she was saying and gave up the 2nd week of class…he goes fast at times, but if you make the effort to read ahead you should be fine. GO TO OFFICE HOURS!! Grace rains over her head as she willing accepts late homework and extra-credit assignments. Her class is challenging, but not insanely difficult.”
Text: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences

Math 125A (Mathematical Logic)
Leo Harrington, TuTh 11-1230, 3 Evans
Average GPA in upper-div: 2.63, 22% A, 33% B, 37% C, 7% F
“True, his handwriting is not great, but it’s better than mine. Also, he says pretty much what he writes. So keep your ears open, and he’ll answer your questions…his handwriting is horrible! you won’t be able to read anything. but then again he was extremely knowledgable in his field…. I’m guessing office hours would be helpful…He can’t communicate by words, board, or anything. My worst class ever.”
Texts: Notes at Copy Central

Math 126 (Partial Differential Equations)
Alexandre Chorin, MWF 10-11, 4 Evans
Average GPA: 3.29, 71% A, 12% B, 6% C, 0% D, 12% F
“Very nice guy. Easy going. He seriously knows his stuff. Goes to lecture without book/notes and teaches it straight from memory (theorems and proofs). Tests are straight forward. Homeworks are doable…Very nice teacher. Generally clear, though at times gives in to handwaving. Test grading is peculiar in that his midterm was worth 5 points. I sure hope the final is not worth 10 :P. Very helpful.”
Texts: Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction

Math 128A (Numerical Analysis)
Ming Gu, MWF 12-1, 277 Cory
“You won’t learn numerical analysis from his classes… he assumes you know absolutely nothing and will go at an alarmingly slow pace. 1/3-1/2 of his class didn’t attend lecture for good reason. Insists on using horrible text. Not very encouraging in OH either. But easy test. Avoid if possible…his tests are relatively easy, which screws up the curve. I attended lectures for the first 2/3 of the course and didn’t go anymore after the 1/3 (since I never looked at my lecture notes anyway). The class in general was horribly, horribly organized (I cannot emphasize this enough!). Beware!”
Texts: Numerical Analysis

Math 128B (Numerical Analysis)
W Kahan, MWF 11-12, 5 Evans
Average GPA: 2.71, 35% A, 24% B, 29% C, 12% F
“I actually had him as an academic advisor. He gives it to you straight without holding anything back. Which is good to some people. But don’t look to him for encouragement. I would avoid taking undergrad courses with him. He may be better for Graduate level work…One of the best teachers I’ve had in my life.”
Texts: TBA

Math 130 (Classical Geometry)
M Wodzicki, TuTh 1230-2, 85 Evans
Average GPA: 2.53, 24% A, 36% B, 24% C, 16% F
“This professor must never be allowed to teach mathematics again. His obsession with math history really detracts from his teaching…He was a great teacher and cared a great deal about the student’s understanding. His tests were very fair if the homework was done for understanding. He was easy to access and talk to in office hours…”My name is Wodzicki, please do not mispell it! Welcome to Math 113. [blah blah blah blah blah]””
Text: Projective Geometry: An Introduction

Math 135 (Theory of Sets)
Thomas Scanlon, MWF 11-12, 75 Evans
“Prof. Scanlon is a total babe. And his teaching methods aren’t bad either. All in all, he’s a friendly guy who genuinely wants us to understand the concepts presented in class. *sigh* and that darn bow tie…When I went to lecture (I made myself go once a week), I would leave more confused than when I came in. I relied entirely on the book. Horrible teacher. Hard tests as well…An overall great professor, who makes witty jokes few truly appreciate. Considering it’s a boring subject, he tries his best to make it interesting. Class was not very difficult at all.”
Text: Elements of Set Theory

Math 142 (Elementary Algebraic Topology)
M Aldi, TuTh 330-5, 4 Evans
“Excellent professor. Very clear with his lectures, very good handwriting. He makes sure that you understand everything, and is extremely helpful during office hours. Tests are fair, and reflect the material well.”
Text: Basic Topology

Math 151 (Secondary School Curriculum)
Ted Slaman, MWF 2-3, 47 Evans
“Homework is sporadic and often pointless; exams are difficult, with medians under 50%. Uses the textbook he wrote with another professor, but often ignores proofs in the text for his own class presentation. The class is lethally dry in the beginning, and improves only near the very end of the class, making you wish for a two-semester sequence.”
Text: Notes at Copy Central

Math 152 (Secondary School Curriculum) & Math 160 (History of Math)
Hun-Hsing Wu, TuTh 11-1230, 31 Evans & TuTh 2-330, 71 Evans
“I love Professor Wu’s teaching style. His lectures are very organized and engaging. He makes sure the students understand before moving onto next subject. Homework is related to the test, and with reasonable amount. Often criticizes high school math education in the states, and it gives much motivation to me as a future teacher!”
Text: Notes at Copy Central

Math 172 (Combinatorics)
James Sussan, TuTh 8-930, 85 Evans
No info given.
Text: Introduction to Enumerative Combinatorics

Math 189 (Mathematical Methods in Classical & Quantum Mechanics)
Dan Voiculescu, MWF 3-4, 5 Evans
“Incredibly aggravating professor. Very easy problem sets and exams but a horrible educator. Entirely uninteresting…Very knowledgeable about his subjects, but fails to clearly articulate and convey information to students. Average attendance in lecture is approximately one quarter of total enrolled students. Exams alternate between mindless computation and abstract application of theorems.”
Text: TBA


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