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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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76 84 73 50 72

Comment: I hate math, but I'll try to be nice. I think Hutchings was a chill guy to have considering the fact that I hated him while I had him. He was really funny at times and his lectures were clear, and exams were fair game. His examples were also not always from the book, which was great because it just gave more stuff to study with, and compared to my 1B professor, Hutchings chose easy HW problems.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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82 81 70 50 49

Comment: Lectures are boring but very clear and organized. Not the most exciting professor, but is an effective teacher.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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60 62 53 51 42

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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39 35 36 42 40

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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Comment: He is so nice and awesome

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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84 100 84 73 81

Comment: Nice professor!

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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83 81 71 75 61

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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Comment: awesome

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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83 100 86 90 50

Comment: I just hated the fact that he was left handed haha, because he wrote down his notes during lecture, but he was clear and taught everything we needed to know. Also, he really empathizes with the students and can tell when enough is enough. I remember one time when he ended class 30 minutes early because everyone seemed overwhelmed, and he even made easy delta epsilon questions for the first midterm because everyone had trouble understanding it. He's pretty funny, but his monotone voice kinda makes it hard to follow lecture. Overall, he's a decent professor. Not too bad, not excellent. Just get a GSI that gives you hard quizzes because it'll make the midterms seem easy!

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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90 80 98 78 79

Comment: a decent professor...make sure u get a good GSI ... my GSI, Ian, was super helpful and nice

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 87 50 50 63

Comment: Monotone voice.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: I actually liked his jokes that he makes in the class. The exams were fair and are mainly based off of homework problems

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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85 78 49 75 50

Comment: hutchings was the better professor in this semester

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 69 37 16 13

Comment: Really boring. Useless lectures. Exams were fair, but graded pretty harshly.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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68 42 60 58 42

Comment: Lectures are boring but if you can pay attention he goes over the material pretty well. He's a nice guy and the exams were no too difficult

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 58 70 17 64

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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42 61 37 63 35

Comment: Tough exams except for the final which was straightforward, boring lectures

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 91 78 68 78

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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80 73 77 50 50

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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90 100 100 81 95

Comment: I found his attempts at cracking math jokes randomly throughout lecture very entertaining.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 99 20 1 99

Comment: He is not very helpful at all

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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93 85 87 80 100

Comment: One of my favorite professors so far. If you're interested or enjoy math, you'll like his lectures. He uses clever thinking to prove theorems and such. The exams are not difficult. The final required thinking as the questions were ones that aren't found in an AP Calc AB course. Definitely recommend this professor if you like math.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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86 74 85 62 64

Comment: People saying that you need a Calc AP background are lying. If you keep up with the work and study mildly for quizzes, you will do fine (I didn't have an AP background and I did fine). He tends to make his midterms fair, and the homework is not just busy work. If you enjoy humor as dry and as awkward as a beached whale, you'll enjoy his class.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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77 78 77 50 50

Comment: Clear lectures, moderate homework and pretty easy exams.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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31 66 57 28 86

Comment: Tests harder than homework. Funny jokes pertaining to mathematics only. Loves math. Boring lecturer.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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Comment: Meh is how I feel about this class. I took this class because I thought getting a 5 on the AP Calc AB test was a testament to my math proficiency. I soon learned, however, that EVERYONE ELSE IN THE CLASS GOT A 5 TOO. ON AB AND BC. So I lucked out a little there. Only regret of the class was taking Math 1a over math 16a. I still ended up with a B+ but it definitely hurt my GPA. If you want the easy A and it doesn't matter what math series you take, TAKE MATH !6A I PROMISE YOU WON'T REGRET IT. Hutchings wasn't bad though. Offered lenient office hours and what not. Got an A- on all my midterms with a LOT of hard work, but my weekly quiz (discusison) average blowed.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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37 29 14 9 13

Comment: This class was awful! I barely learned how to do math! This professor was not helpful and his exams were brutal.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 74 67 50 50

Comment: Hard to understand sometimes, nice funny guy however. If you take 1a with him though you need to have an AP Calc background otherwise the course is very hard. The homework load was manageable and his tests weren't terrible. Really nice curve overall too.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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82 57 67 47 72

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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Comment: TOTALLY AWESOMEEE

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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66 51 64 67 74

Comment: Hutchings is a great professor who is really enthusiastic about the material. His tests are not that bad and he gives you the chance to drop 20% off the midterms or the final. A relatively easy class and a great prof.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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88 85 44 50 78

Comment: He is monotone, but he really tries so I appreciate his effort! Tests were ok, the 2nd midterm really threw me off though. Love his random math jokes in lecture...

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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44 44 74 50 50

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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80 78 50 50 76

Comment: Good professor, knows what he is talking about. You can just tell that he is so intelligent that he finds it hard to relay the simple math concepts to students though. You need to understand the concepts to do well on the tests but overall they're not too bad. Funny guy

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 86 82 27 13

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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74 84 74 56 72

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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71 76 77 70 40

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Funny and enthusiastic

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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57 77 52 46 38

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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86 99 72 77 71

Comment: He tries to make funny jokes to make the class more bearable; overall a good professor. don't stress too much on delta epsilon!

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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79 88 78 76 76

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 85 43 50 70

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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60 80 80 57 50

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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54 64 67 39 82

Comment: Very theory/concept based professor. Spent a lot of time in class proving every theorem. Taught certain conceptsin a harder way than I laerned in AP Calc

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 62 55 60 41

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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85 100 97 72 98

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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78 53 37 61 66

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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73 75 88 67 36

Comment: Somewhat easy exams. Lectures are extremely boring however

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 100 100 50 65

Comment: The midterms were fairly easy, final was more difficult. Do the homework, it is helpful in learning the material. I only skipped lecture twice (the last two) and I would suggest going to them and taking notes. I never went to office hours, but I heard that in office hours Hutchings is awkward and condescending.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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89 92 86 83 97

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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82 88 76 75 75

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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73 92 41 34 71

Comment: Pretty fun during class, really hard to talk to out of class. Fairly difficult exams. Assigns good problems. Do them.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 73 25 20

Comment: Really reasonable professor....socially awkward humor..study the homework and KNOW the concepts, not just the steps in doing a problem..do the homework and you'll do fine.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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70 87 71 73 57

Comment: He speaks in a monotone voice so it's hard to stay awake if you're tired during his lecture. I think the only time I laughed is when someone's phone went off and he danced to the ringtone....

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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99 93 92 85 97

Comment: I'm very impressed, especially because it's his first time teaching the course. His exams were pretty reasonable and easy. Although he might sound sort of bland, his intellectual enthusiasm and nerdy essence just seeps out of him. It just takes a while to appreciate. Oh, and the only tshirt I've seen him wear the whole time was a Julia Roberts Mathematics Competition tshirt. Actually tshirts, because he alternates between the different years. Funny, straightforward, reasonable, and legitimately likes to teach, Hutchings is one of the better math teachers by far.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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56 64 50 50 63

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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93 90 93 91 85

Comment: Knows how to teach math and he is very considerate of the student. Tests are straightforward.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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81 86 82 68 68

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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75 89 62 65 64

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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34 83 32 10 30

Comment: makes you feel dumb when you ask a question, extremely boring lecturer...only does really easy problems during lecture and puts hard ones on the test

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Prof. Hutchings is a very nice and funny prof (though most of his jokes are geek jokes LOL). His midterms are more basic and about the textbooks and homework. So read the homework carefully and practice the most typical problems. (But I personally think he won't teach Math1A any more

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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69 90 66 50 50

Comment: He's really awkwardly funny, but his class is super boring. Better off just reading the textbook as he goes on really weird tangents and wastes a lot of time. The first midterm was easy, the second one was ridiculous.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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55 90 44 71 100

Comment: The second midterm was really hard, but the first one was ok. He's very big on proving formulas and spend half the class proving why a formula is true instead of showing examples, and later, he tells us that the proofs won't be tested. I think 1-series should not be so proof-based. His curves are pretty generous though, but 95% of the people in this class have already taken AP calc in high school, so be careful if you didn't take or didn't do well in AP calc.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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45 70 50 23 7

Comment: Funny, awkward professor, but lectures are extremely boring. It's better to just miss lectures and watch math lecture youtube videos instead

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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78 81 71 68 66

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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87 90 100 75 70

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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40 100 24 17 65

Comment: He is a talking textbook. Definitely do not recommend him.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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76 66 35 70 73

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Hes an Ok professor. Even though he sometimes tries to make jokes in class( and sometimes he does succeed), he is really monotonous in class and in office hours. Midterms are OK, kinda easy, as long as you do your HW; haven't had final yet, so don't know about that.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 38 50 37 77

Comment: So much assignments. Actually you don't need to attend lectures, just read the textbook.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 100 42 50 71

Comment: Hutchings is awesome. Just be worried about the second midterm. Shits rough.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: You are lucky if you get this professor. He is totally awesome. Always tries to keep lecture lively, by cracking jokes or going on random (but interesting) tangents vaguely related to material he is teaching (for ex: he started talking about fractals while teaching about graph of d/dx of function). Exams are also easy.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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80 83 65 74 77

Comment: Good professor. Sometimes he spent too much time on examples, but it was helpful after all. Lectures got really boring at times. However he tells a joke every once in a while, and his odd behavior makes the whole thing enjoyable. Tests are not too easy.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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70 98 61 63 59

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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95 88 86 86 94

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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87 100 69 100 86

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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73 72 71 73 70

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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74 63 75 55 80

Comment: Math 1A with Hutchings is good. He tells corny jokes to lighten up the mood during the lectures, and he teaches everything thoroughly. Sometimes too thoroughly - his proofs are extensive and complicated. The assignments help with understanding the material, but they don't really pertain to the exams. The exams themselves are difficult, but fair. The curve helps. He isn't really approachable, and asking questions isn't always easy.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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59 78 61 69 39

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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44 41 32 29 44

Comment: I didn't really like him. He doesn't really make things clear and in fact confused me more. He kind of reads straight ut of the book so I basically taught myself the math. His tests are nothing like the assignments he gives. Good luck if you have him

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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92 70 84 70 97

Comment: He is a very enthusiastic professor who makes alot of jokes to loosen the mood. Helpful, and his tests are very fair.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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35 50 50 25 100

Comment: Monotone but entertaining jokes. Enthusiastic, but lecture material isn't very relevant to the exams. Learned more in my discussion section

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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77 73 62 55 74

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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60 75 50 26 78

Comment: This was Professor Hutching's first time teaching Math 1A. He had a hard time toning it down. His lectures were pretty confusing (and to some extent, pointless) and his proofs were extremely extensive. His office hours were also useless because he didn't seem interested in helping any student out so I usually chose to go to my GSI's office hours. Professor Hutchings's lectures, as stated before, were tiring and unhelpful, but occasionally he would crack a joke that could be pretty funny. His midterms were alright; I definitely won't say they were easy, but his midterms' curves were awesome. Let's see how this final goes..

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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69 81 63 39 71

Comment: The fact that this was is his first time teaching Math 1A probably contributes to the fact that he has a hard time "toning it down" for Math 1A level students. He's definitely very knowledgeable, but his extensive proofs detailing seemingly simple concepts usually end up confusing rather than clarifying. The 1 1/2 hour lecture can get pretty wearisome, but he nearly always cracks a some joke that turns out to be awkwardly endearing.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 78 100 78 91

Comment: Very reasonable exams (final was super). Lectures were sometimes confusing and he doesn't always know the best way to clarify. Overall, pretty good.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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47 71 53 50 56

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 100 100 43 47

Comment: The final is a joke. Hope the curve is not too harsh

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 77 67 50 50

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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69 77 72 50 69

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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85 84 72 80 61

Comment: This is his first time teaching Math 1A and it shows. His exams were so wildly different from the practice exams that our GSI made available that the practice ones didn't even help prepare for the actual ones. Regardless, he is brilliant and funny in an awkward kind of way.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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85 99 75 50 77

Comment: awkwardly interesting and clear to some point. exams were fair, and the curve was generous. let's see how final goes.

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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77 89 98 90 96

Comment: Awesome!

MATH 1A (Fall 2011)

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94 100 84 80 66

Comment: Agree what people said. Actually when I think about Hutchings after 1 year, I realized that he is a really cool professor. Very good at explaining concepts, and has a whimsical sense of humor. I went to his every single lecture, which led me an A(I didnt take AP calculus). And a good GSI is important. I feel so lucky to have Ian Hanken, his worksheets are really helpful. The quizes are slightly hard but they really helped the exams. Also, he made us pies on thanksgiving day and presented us a super cool lecture about 'do dogs know calculus'. I miss them :(

MATH 53 (Spring 2015)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 75 60 50 81

Comment: You could definitely tell Hutchings was smart and knew what he was talking about. He was also enthusiastic about his teaching. But his office hours were kinda awkward and not helpful. You ask a question, and he seemed reluctant to answer it, as if you should already know the answer. His exams are often reasonable but some questions were harder than what was expected.

MATH 53 (Spring 2015)

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86 80 90 85 59

Comment: For this class especially, understanding things conceptually will help you significantly. Even if you don't do well on your midterms, your grasp of the material shows through during your quizzes and the final, when you have plenty of time to do a problem and not get time-pressed to finish. That being said, if I'd had a firm conceptual understanding during the midterms, I could've saved a lot of time instead of running out of time to figure out a problem and check my work. His finals, in particular, are not calculations- heavy relative to the calculations- heavy nature of the subject and really test your knowledge. Homework problems will be much easier than what's on the tests, so make sure you pay attention in discussion and consult outside sources of thought-evoking problems! I recommend looking at Anton Geraschenko's website (he GSI'd math 53 seven years ago) because his problems really prepped me for the final. Materials-wise, having little physics experience, I always thought the stuff with lines, planes, and slopes, which required strong knowledge about vector properties, was the toughest. I actually found that I only completely understood everything after doing the last unit, which was supposedly the hardest unit but ended up being not that bad. The cumulative nature of the last unit allows you to review the previous material and prepares you for the cumulative final. Make sure you understand the VECTOR VERSION OF THE CHAIN RULE; I cannot stress that enough. He's a clear lecturer and fair testgiver/ homework assigner overall, and I'm satisfied with the experience.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 89 78 88 38

Comment: Michael is nice and the course definitely isn't overwhelmed, and his cheesy math jokes are pretty fun. The one problem is he can seem kind of unenthused at times. If you are enthused by the material, then his lack of energy in lecture can be looked past.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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100 79 66 78 77

Comment: The Prof: Clear explanations. Willing to answer questions. Cared about students understanding the material. The review about his humor being "as try and awkward as a beached whale" is spot on. He's hilarious in his own way. Make sure you get him to juggle. The Class: First half is pretty straight forward and then the last chapter gets a lot harder (unless you've already taken physics 7B). Tests could be a little tricky, but not unreasonable if you studied the concepts and problem solving skills with those concepts. Catherine Canazzo is THE BEST GSI EVER!!!

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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90 100 50 71 79

Comment: Hutchings has a good style of teaching, fully explaining one concept then following with easy and hard examples. His lectures are made so that it is very easy to take notes. His exams were not difficult but were graded harshly. Overall he's a pretty good professor.

MATH 53 (Spring 2014)

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100 99 85 98 99

Comment: Hutchings is a great instructor. He explains things pretty clear in the course. Of course, all math course heavily depends on your GSI. If your GSI is good, you don't need to worry too much. Exams are pretty straightforward and sort of fair. The worst thing in this course is the curve. Sometimes, you make a tiny mistake in the exam, plus the situation that you take an easy exam, your grade may be lower a lot.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

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77 84 90 83 63

Comment: Hutchings is a great teacher for 53. Although I am glad that I ended up taking the class with Sethian, I was disappointed when I had to drop the class with Hutchings due to scheduling issues.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

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96 100 74 50 100

Comment: Awesome professor. Always makes lectures interesting. Exams can be tough at times, just learn hw thoroughly and do HIS practice exams beforehand. Curves are also very generous.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

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92 91 80 76 70

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

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95 94 100 100 97

Comment: awesome and clear lecture. some jokes

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 71 76 82 90

Comment: The professor is really enthusiastic about the course and he makes learning the material easy with the way he explains the material. He is a real fun professor and his exams are straight forward.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

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100 71 72 44 96

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 100 100 68 79

Comment: Hutchings is a great professor for this large math class, his tests are well written and totally manageable if you are on top of you stuff. He replaced our worst midterm with the final grade.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 87 74 89 95

Comment: Absolutely great Math Professor here at Berkeley!! He gives some jokes throughout the lectures to keep the class interesting. Great at explaining the hard concepts and he memorizes his lecture( i think) but anyways great professor

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 69 86 78 100

Comment: I LOVE Professor Hutchings. He has a really quirky sense of humor. He may talk in a slight monotone but he's the funniest math professor ever like that. Lots of jokes and lots of doing funny things like lying on the floor and walking on the wall. I rated assignments low because no one likes doing math homework. Tests were challenging but there were no odd surprises or anything like that.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
95 80 76 77 82

Comment: Freakin awesome. He's a great teacher and funny in that quirky, nerdy way. He teaches at a good pace and gives organized, clear lectures. He's probably the best 53 professor.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 50 100

Comment: Hutchings is a geometer. He cannot think without pictures so his lectures will try to incorporate lots of examples. His lectures are clear and memorized. He is awesome.

MATH 53 (Fall 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 72 72 70 70

Comment: Prof. Hutchings is clear and well organized. However he doesn't talk very loud so its' hard to hear him sometimes. HWs are fine and exams are fair; 53 was not extremely difficult. Recommended.

MATH 113 (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 56 44 37 88

Comment: awesome but tests were ridic

MATH 113 (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 82 80 68 79

Comment: Clear and memorized board work, lots of pictures and examples, daily jokes.

MATH H185 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 91 78 98 79

MATH H185 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 72 72 75 71

Comment: Nice professor, responsible for his students.

MATH 191 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 215B (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 61