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MATH 1A (Fall 2007)

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70 100 86 50 100

Comment: He has a great passion for teaching. Yes, his accent is hard to understand at times but he is an excellent professor. Just do the homework and you'll get an A on his easy tests

MATH 1A (Fall 2007)

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32 58 58 50 70

Comment: Professor was difficult to understand and most of the class focused on math theory (knowing the right method to get to the right answer) rather than being able to get the right answer.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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2 57 0 0 9

Comment: Never ever take a class with Wodzicki. His lectures were totally unrelated to whatever, and no one could understand him anyway. No one went to lecture because it honestly was pointless in going. I went a few times and he would snap at us for talking during his lecture. No one is listening anyway...be happy we came to lecture... He thinks he's the best and everything he says is like a bible verse. Calm your tits Wodzicki. Exams were horrible. Not sure what tf kind of grading system he used for our overall grades either. Do not take a class ever with Wodzicki. Worst mistake of my life. Should have waited to take Math 53 or something because I couldn't get into the good professor that semester.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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7 52 0 0 17

Comment: I thought I was going to be a math major before I took this class, but it put me off of the whole department. Wodzicki is an abysmal lecturer, which is fine, I can deal with that. But he also gives RIDICULOUS exams. He had us cover material that was insanely advanced (my GSI said she didn't learn about it till graduate school) and didn't even really teach it. His exams sucked.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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1 1 2 1 0

Comment: Wodzicki is a disgrace to mathematics education in general. AVOID at all costs. If I had to choose anything over Wodz I would.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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0 32 0 0 0

Comment: DO NOT TAKE FOR **ANY** LOWER DIV. It would be fine that he is a horrible lecturer had it not been that he gives insane exams. Take ANY other instructor over this one for lower division classes. Completely unclear and horrible exams. Will have no hesitation to fail you

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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12 50 12 18 22

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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2 4 13 0 50

Comment: AVOID AT ALL COSTS! If you care about learning and understanding the material, avoid the class at all costs. If you care about your GPA absolutely avoid the class. He is utterly the worst professor at Berkeley. After the first 2 weeks of class there was only about 30 students out of 368 who enrolled who actually showed up to class because the rest gave up on the possibility of ever learning. Even if you have to stay an extra year at Berkeley to avoid him, my advice would be to do it. every lecture he would rant about how great of a teacher he was and how much clearer he was teaching us than what he had had to struggle through and lean back when he took the class, and failed it in his undergraduate years. Wodzicki would continue to lecture after the class period had ended on almost half of his lectures, up to an hour and a half after class on a few occasions. lecture was useless as Wodzicki considered it beneath himself to ever work out a single problem and did not write a single number until the 18th lecture, when he wrote a two squaring a linear transform. Very highly theoretical and more about having correct notation than teaching in any coherent manner. Consistently bereted students for being stupid and not on a level enough to understand "absolutely obvious" conjectures, proving that the whole class was full of idiots who never tried to learn and only cared about grades. Wodzicki constantly boasted that his exams were nothing like what was in the book or what was on assignments so that it was impossible to prepare for exams that correlated with nothing that was in the reading or that had been in his lectures. As a result MT1 had an average of 44% and MT2 had an average of 39%. I am a Mechanical Engineering student and came to Berkeley loving math. Wodzicki destroyed that for me, and I cannot come up with enough bad things to say about that man. If any administrators are reading this I please urge you to fire him. May no student have to go through the experience of Marizus Wodzicki's teaching.

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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5 21 24 4 27

Comment: Overall: Unless you are already upper division in mathematics, please avoid his classes. The level of his lecture is much higher than the textbook. If you have to take his Math54 by any reason, please make sure to fully understand the concepts rather than just doing computational exercises. Assignments: His homework are textbook problems and very similar to other professors. However, homework problems and exams are different styles. Helpfulness: His lecture is not helpful for understanding the material if you do not fully understand the textbook ahead. I would say his lectures are extension of textbook, rather than helping students understand the textbook. Exams: Midterm questions were hard to understand and not doable if you did not fully understand the CONCEPTS. Final questions were more doable, partly because he offered a review guide. Note: Professor use neither bcourses nor bspace. He posts and updates an PDF on his personal website. Students need to refresh it from time to time. Students will also need to look for the review guide on his website themselves.

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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0 0 0 0 26

Comment: This guy is legitimately the worst professor I've ever had. If I were a math major and taken this class, I would have switched majors. From the first day, no one understood his lectures because he always uses high level math to describe simple Linear Algebra concepts, and always goes on tangents. His exams are purely conceptual and are nothing like the homework. The average on midterms for this class was a 50%, versus the average for Pachter's Spring 2015 class was 92%. Despite his enthusiasm for math, he is a terrible professor and YOU MUST SWITCH PROFESSORS IF YOU GET HIM. I come from a STEM high school where math was my forte, but ended up getting a bad grade in this class. SAVE YOURSELF THE PAIN. SWITCH PROFESSORS.

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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0 0 0 0 71

Comment: Wodzicki isn't interested in teaching the course material. He's mostly interested in ranting about really abstract concepts instead while failing most of his students. Does he wonder why Pachter's class has a 400+ student turn out at his lectures and he only has less than 30?

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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38 51 25 24 71

Comment: Wodzicki's exams are different. Linear algebra and ordinary differential equations questions test conceptual understanding and application of concepts and his exams do not have computational questions as such, except for the partial differential equations questions on the final which were relatively straightforward. His exams make sure that those who try to "memorize" math and/or have a formula-based approach to math do not do well on the exams. He clarified this on the first day of class. However, his exams tend to entirely skip some concepts that have been studied and the final especially had excessive emphasis on a few concepts. The midterms had theory questions which weren't proofs as such but were still hard. The final had 3 proofs (out of 7 questions in total). I found 2 of them to be manageable and one to be pretty difficult. Full disclosure, I have a decent background in proof-based mathematics. The class didn't teach us much about constructing proofs. As a result, the proofs on the final must have been quite hard for those who do not have prior experience with proof-based mathematics of some sort. His questions tend to have short solutions which need more thinking and less writing. Time is never a problem on his exams. It is fully possible to complete the exams in less than half the total time and Wodzicki tells you how much time you should take to complete the exam before the exam starts. If you prefer conceptual and difficult exams with the mean at around 40-50% over computational and easy exams with the mean > 70% Wodzicki is the professor to take. Stopped attending lecture after the first or second week since he seemed to stress more on formal notation than concepts and I found his accent difficult to understand. In the lectures that I attended, what would happen quite often is that he would rush through the most important concept of the lecture in the last few minutes, even as people are leaving. This is a major disappointment. Quite enthusiastic in his lectures though. If you read the textbook well, you'll be fine on the exams. Homework was just meant to test your understanding of the basics and the exam questions were different and much tougher than the homework questions. One should hope for a good GSI if Wodzicki is the professor since the GSI can help you with concepts better than Wodzicki can. I had Justin Brereton and he was pretty good. His quizzes resembled the homework though. As a result, they weren't representative of the exam style. His worksheets, however, were closer to the exam in terms of the type of questions and difficulty. Also, a problem with Math 54 in general is that the partial differential equations (PDEs) part is done in a rush towards the end and the topic is crammed into the last 2- 2.5 weeks. I found PDEs to be the toughest part of the course and, hence found dealing with this pretty difficult and time consuming. However, the PDE questions on the final were pretty straightforward, assuming you at least gone through the textbook once. Memorization of solutions to the three basic PDEs will fail you terribly. Another thing to note is that one must like math and one must be ready to devote time to do well in Wodzicki's class. Without that, the class can be discouraging and one may feel like not caring about it much.

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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0 0 0 0 0

Comment: THIS PROFESSOR SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING A LOWER DIVISION COURSE. Unless you have an extraordinary passion for math, I would advise you not to take this professor. I was one of the few students who went to his lectures regularly (I'm not kidding, usually there were 10-15 students out of 350 who attended his lectures) and I regret that I did attend them - I never got anything out of them, and usually just read the textbook during class after getting completely lost in the first few minutes. He was very condescending to his students and would even mock them if there questions were too pedantic to his standards (I was way to scared to ever ask him for help). His accent is very hard to understand, and he explains everything in a convoluted manner. Many of my friends purposely failed the class, since his curve was so low, and most of my stress this semester was due to this class. I hope the administration does something about this, he really isn't suited to be a professor for lower division classes. If you do end up taking him, remember that he isn't representative of Berkeley math professors - the others professors I have taken math with have been very enjoyable and helpful. I ended up getting a B in the class, but it wasn't worth all the stress, work, and frustration. I got lucky with a good G.S.I., and self-studied A LOT. If I could go back in time, I would've taken another professor or pushed off the class for another semester.

MATH 54 (Spring 2015)

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0 2 2 1 2

Comment: Definitely the worst professor I've ever had at Berkeley thus far. He should never be allowed to teach another undergrad math class again. There is no point going to lecture because he cannot teach. For a class of 400 students, at one point during the year there were only 15 kids present during one of his lectures. Horrible. How did he get hired?

MATH H104 (Fall 2009)

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45 42 45 18 86

Comment: He is very very enthusiastic about mathematics but he has no lesson plans or any organization other than his notes. His lectures are meaningless and he'll leave you more with deficit in terms of knowledge than if you took an easy professor.

MATH 113 (Fall 2011)

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50 71 79 24 26

Comment: 113 is a very interesting class. The book that Wodzicki chose for this class (Saunders and Maclane) is very old school. Although it would make a terrific reference book, and has good exercises that expand your understanding, I found that it did not provide enough examples and enough discussion to even understand the notation being used. If he uses the same book, I recommend finding other lectures online to supplement it. Wodzicki, however is a bit of a wild card. He spends a lot of the lectures discussing history and art as opposed to math (which is interesting, but pretty irrelevant), and generally seems like has difficulty communicating with people. Although he may come off as rough around the edges, he genuinely cares that his students do well (even if he may not be able to express it). Having said all of this, he has a very deep and terrific view of algebra that can be very illuminating if you see past his ability to communicate. Given the chance, however, go for a prof with better social skills. All in all, his exams are very fair.

MATH 113 (Fall 2011)

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0 0 0 0 0

Comment: This guy's a disaster. He gave like twelve hours of homework a week. And I've heard he's been known to take the class to another room after the class period is over and continue the lecture indefinitely. Personally, I bailed before the drop deadline, but you should be wise and stay far away altogether.

MATH H113 (Spring 2015)

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100 100 100 89 100

Comment: Given a lot of the bad reviews before mine, people are probably not going to believe me when I say this, but this is something that is true and MUST be said: Wodzicki is one of the best math professors in Berkeley- one that everyone who wishes to pursue mathematics should take an upper div course with. He is also incredibly nice. He might come across as intimidating at first due to his openness with his expectations, his energetic enthusiasm towards math, and his unique way of teaching, but he is actually very encouraging and cares a lot about his students, especially their mathematical education. He put in so much dedication into math h113 that it is almost unbelievable; he provided us with hundreds of pages of notes he put together himself (often forsaking sleep to make them) for us to use and taught us so much. This is my first abstract math course, so I don't really know what other abstract classes are like, but I feel like he taught the material effectively. The whole class was centered around Category Theory, which is something that is probably difficult to teach as an intro class due its high level of abstraction, but was done extremely well by Wodzicki. I felt like he cared a lot more about our ability and willingness to learn math than about our raw intelligence. We didn't have any midterms and our final was take-home. There was no pressure of "I-need-to-not-fail-exam," but there was a lot of "this-is-really-awesome-stuff-I-don't-really-get-it-but-I-want-to-learn-more." If I could describe the learning experience, I would say it was like a journey with Wodzicki guiding you, letting you know what are good site-seeing spots with his many insights (a metaphor inspired by the review directly below mine). Personally, I am not a very abstract thinker, and I found it really difficult to grasp the material, but Wodzicki's passion and drive really motivated me. He is really admirable, not only as a mathematician and professor, but also as a human being. There is so much to learn from him, and he is willing to share with his students his vast amount of knowledge and experiences. Also, yeah this class would have increased the size of my penis if I had one.

MATH H113 (Spring 2015)

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100 100 92 73 100

Comment: Wodzicki could start a cult if he wanted. His enthusiasm for mathematics and learning is lethally contagious. He dedicates himself to his class so much that you feel compelled to give that same effort while knowing that on your best day you can muster to achieve only half that drive, but you know that with practice, someday you might reach a level worthy of his consideration. I do, however, think that his demanding nature was intimidating at times. Personally, I was afraid to ask him questions sometimes lest I display my ignorance, but I believe that he truly wants to teach and share his knowledge and that he is happy to do so as long as you are happy to apply yourself too. The assignments require that you struggle with abstraction that at first seem incomprehensible, but which, once you pass that initial roadblock, yield short and neat solutions. His lecture style is predictably unpredictable. He rarely makes it to the destination he sets, but instead we take a scenic route on which we catch glimpses of various fields and objects of mathematics all tied together with the language of category theory. Of course, a lot of these examples went over my head, but they were a constant tease daring me to go further in my mathematical endeavors. The final exam was a nicely constructed extended homework assignment which brought together many topics from the class in a new context so that, while it was an assessment of the knowledge acquired through the semester, the final exam was also an opportunity to continue learning. All in all, Wodzicki is the best professor I've had at Berkeley challenging me to be a better student and person in all respects. In other words, I'm pretty sure this class increased the size of my penis, 10/10 would take again.

MATH H113 (Spring 2015)

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98 97 98 98 95

Comment: I'm pretty sure this class increased the size of my penis.

MATH 130 (Spring 2014)

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81 58 68 50 88

Comment: Wodzicki is the stereotypical, insane, and brilliant mathematician who rarely showers. His presence is preceded by his odor. He doesn't follow the course description, doesn't really follow the book, and doesn't seem to be able to stay on topic for any class. He talks as though he were looking for one the one student who will follow in his footsteps (but really, no one will ever be up to par). You'll learn a lot though. No midterms, just homework and a final. Ask a (possibly dumb) question in class, and he might insult you enough to make you cry (literally).