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COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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50 18 26 54 50

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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23 66 27 28 65

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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25 29 67 21 10

Comment: Demmel was not a good teacher. Plus the course was pretty boring. If it wasnt a requirement I would not have taken such a menial class that is based mostly off common sense.

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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50 58 38 61 73

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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79 50 61 72 77

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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61 69 64 58 60

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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89 81 100 90 100

Comment: Great Professor. Very enthusiastic, very well prepared. Weekly assignments take a while to complete.

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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92 70 94 78 90

Comment: I thoroughly enjoyed this class's final. That aside, assignments could have been more interesting. They did diverge occasionally from previous years, which was always welcome, since Demmel's variations were generally more entertaining to figure out. Granted, there were some topics that weren't really covered in the homework, but that just meant that there was less homework. Overall a good teacher, although significantly more math-y than the usual CS 70 professor.

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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53 17 72 76 60

Comment: He covered too much material this semester. It was more than the other professors. I think it's better if we cover the core material in more depth instead. The assignments were also pretty difficult and were graded based on correctness mainly. Really, if you spent a lot of time on the assignment and got the wrong answer, somebody else who just copied the correct answer from his friend would get an A. Also, they will give you 0 if you interpreted the problem incorrectly (even if their description was clearly ambiguous). But, the professor seemed to do a lot of work by writing on the board. Demmel is not bad really. He just pales in comparison to other awesome professors here, in my opinion.

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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91 85 70 77 72

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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68 62 62 62 49

Comment: This class was awesome and I learned a LOT. My problem solving skills dramatically increased. The problem sets in this class are really hard. You get 6 problems every week and they usually take 4-8 hours at the minimum. You'll find yourself banging your head on the wall as you try to do the proofs. Fortunately, the second half of the course (Probability Theory) is much easier. Overall, I'd recommend taking this class just to improve your brain power. This class made me want to look more into math/cs. As a teacher, Demmel is alright. He's not too good but he's not so bad either. He's very fair and his exams are much easier than his problem sets (thank goodness).

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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38 35 31 23 69

Comment: This guy doesn't really teach. All he does is give you his note, and then he just goes over them in class. He just sucks

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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83 35 36 98 100

Comment: He's pretty hard but he's very enthusiastic and interesting to listen to :] By the way, HE'S SO COOOOOL. =)

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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62 82 58 75 50

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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78 70 71 71 84

COMPSCI 70 (Spring 2011)

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90 35 82 80 90

Comment: Demmel is a good, well-organized lecturer that presents ideas very clearly. Sometimes, he may be unclear when answering questions, but is generally good about it. Difficult homework assignments, but exams are easier than those of past professors

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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1 3 23 8 19

Comment: If it was not for the requirement, don't take his class.

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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90 49 86 90 81

Comment: One of the few professors teaching CS170 who can explain things very clearly

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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57 75 68 66 71

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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95 84 94 67 64

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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65 50 50 45 50

Comment: Start the assignments right away, and read the textbook chapters before lecture (everything in lecture comes directly from the textbook)

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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100 76 100 69 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic and encouraging in the lecture. Goes straight from textbook and explains it very well --> very helpful. I'd recommend him to anyone. Assignments can be tiring, but they are not impossible to do. Just don't procrastinate :P

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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70 45 60 57 55

Comment: teaches straight from textbook, which I liked. However, homeworks can get very tedious

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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75 84 70 76 72

COMPSCI 170 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Homeworks are hard but you are very helpful. Exams are fair. Demmel is always enthusiastic and well-prepared and all-around a great lecturer.

COMPSCI 170 (Spring 2010)

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58 67 50 30 90

COMPSCI 170 (Spring 2010)

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10 31 11 35 7

Comment: Very very boring, lets the GSI's conduct the lectures. Even the GSI's don't know how the grading policy works. Homeworks very hard, tests even harder.

MATH 16A (Fall 2008)

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MATH 16A (Fall 2008)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: The professor was really nice. If you took Calculus in highschool, homework assignments and exams should be easy.

MATH 16B (Fall 2013)

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36 100 25 50 40

Comment: Demmel is a straightforward professor. He goes over all the examples in the textbook. Lectures aren't mandatory and are only necessary if you don't understand the basics. In fact, he usually spends a significant amount of time proving theorems instead of working trickier example problems. He does a great job posting past midterms and past finals. However, ultimately his exams are extremely difficult in order to maintain his class curve.

MATH 16B (Spring 2013)

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50 100 21 51 50

Comment: He is a really nice guy. Class wise, tests were tricky and difficult. If I could have gone back in time, I should have gone to office hours. Advice: Read the book BEFORE class. That usually gives you a background on what he's teaching. He goes off of the book. This class was not easy. The final was probably the hardest I've taken here.

MATH 16B (Spring 2013)

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50 87 50 66 72

Comment: I stopped going to lectures because I realized the book was much better at teaching the concepts but I wish I would've gone more. If you take 16B, read the section from the textbook before class so you understand what Demmel is talking about. He'll tell you the first day that all the notes and audio are posted online, but his notes are all typed!! So it's super difficult to understand TYPED MATH NOTES (go to lecture, seriously, and sit in the front so you don't fall asleep). His midterms were tricky!!! And the final was just as tricky!!!

MATH 16B (Spring 2013)

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50 100 50 50 70

Comment: Math is math... oh well... Demmel was good (though I don't really go to lectures)

MATH 16B (Spring 2013)

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0 50 0 0 50

Comment: Holy shit the final raped me in the ass.

MATH 221 (Fall 2010)

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75 50 50 55 41