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ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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3 72 20 10 37

Comment: Clueless. Said some things that were just blatantly wrong in lecture and review sessions. Homeworks were pretty nicely written though.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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15 50 33 0 78

Comment: He was exciting and was passionate. Unfortunately, that's the only positive thing about him in this class. The lectures were still boring, with all the information passing right over my head. Whatever was in the lectures was very simple compared to the homework and exams. Except for the disaster of the first midterm (other comments have described it), the exams were okay at best. They were difficult, but with the class curved to the average, it was a little better at least.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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67 50 83 41 60

Comment: This man is brilliant, and only somewhat forced it upon us as a class- his lectures were thorough and about as clear as one could hope for via powerpoint slides (always uploaded to bspace by the night before the lecture). I've heard he can be condescending while teaching other classes, but the impression he gave in E7 was more simply commanding respect (those who went to lecture probably remember his call-and-response "GOOD AFTERNOON!") Lab assignments were well-written, but autograding was terrible, and unfortunately the GSI's were not all competent at the visual grading of plots, etc. Fortunately Frenklach decided to drop the lowest lab scores. I was impressed by his exams- it is difficult to encourage actual thinking on introductory MATLAB exams, but he did basically achieve this, and de-emphasized the annoying tricky multiple choice questions from previous instructors. He also allowed LOTS of cheat sheet space, in fact too much (6 sides for final exam), but the bottom line is that he doesn't intend to trick anyone who has prepared.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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6 29 19 0 51

Comment: Easily one of the worst professors I've had while at Berkeley. He and Horowitz co-taught E7, and by taught, I mean they showed up and presented a completely useless PowerPoint and then gave midterms with material out of nowhere. The electronic midterm was extremely unfair because while 60/400 people got 100's, 60/400 people also got 0's. Although the make-up midterm had an average of about 32/60, because of the 100's, the combined average on which final grades are based was a 41/60 (i.e. the class is curved to a Gaussian distribution when the MT scores weren't Gaussian and were completely skewed). Attending lecture never helped me because the code was entirely oversimplified compared to the lab assignments and they went so fast that absorbing the information quickly enough was impossible. Discussion section was also useless because they'd just go over the next week's lab and give no hints besides saying, "This is what you must do. I won't give you the answers."

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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19 33 50 9 50

Comment: The only thing I liked about Frenklach was that he played music before every lecture. His very useless, boring, unhelpful lectures.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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64 68 93 50 79

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2012)

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ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: he's alright =]

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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58 57 40 55 55

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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66 59 77 62 83

Comment: Always full of energy during lecture, but he tends to go off on time-consuming tangents.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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71 36 36 79 75

Comment: He is a good guy, but just have little accent!

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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90 76 82 81 86

Comment: I thought he was an excellent, enthusiastic prof. The labs are quick and painless compared to other CS classes I've taken. I loved walking into class to find him blasting Earth Wind and Fire for no reason.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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70 71 72 72 91

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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50 18 71 78 99

Comment: the material is really easy in the beginning. Then the labs start to get really hard and take FOREVER (8-12hrs). the lectures are boring but every once in a while they are useful. Frenklach at least tries to make them entertaining. He can be funny sometimes.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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92 86 80 75 79

Comment: The class was co-taught by Frenklach and Papodapolous. They are both very nice. Frenklach is more enthusiastic I guess, but that doesn't matter. Just bring your laptop to class and follow along the lectures as they go through it in class. Material is pretty straight forward. You may have trouble if this is your first programming class. There is nothing too difficult that the GSIs or professors won't help you with. They want you to understand the material and will answer any questions you have.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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82 46 55 71 61

Comment: Class is not bad. Having previous programming experience always helps. Assignments are basically a lab project every week. Some of them aren't bad. but some get really intense, and can take quite a while to do. Midterms weren't too bad.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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70 86 88 64 88

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2010)

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77 26 51 96 100

Comment: A great professor. My semester it was run by Prof. Frenklach and Prof. Papadulous (sp?). I have no experience in programming and it is killing me. The homework is very long and (for me) difficult. If you have no programming experience make sure to utilize office hours!

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2008)

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89 44 50 77 100

Comment: The best part of Frenklach's class is the brainteasers that he challenges students to solve. If you send him the answer by the next class, he will give you candy. (The caramel apple lollipops are the best). His enthusiasm and stories makes lecture entertaining. He seems to genuinely enjoy teaching E7.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2008)

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100 77 41 76 100

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2008)

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75 84 50 71 71

Comment: Very good! Just didn't understand why I got an A- with a 92%...

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2008)

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69 80 85 75 50

Comment: One of two professors who taught the course that semester. I never really went to class because the powerpoints were all posted and the GSI's were essential in getting the assignments done. Overall E7 is a very important class and it is taught well. There were no surprises on the tests and the assignments were a little long but very doable with help from the GSI's.

ENGIN 7 (Fall 2008)

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50 0 0 50 50

Comment: Bad times, bad times. I hate this class. The final was terrible and the weekly assignments were the bane of my existence. They were useless and time-consuming.

ENGIN 177 (Spring 2011)

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76 85 100 69 73

Comment: Frenklach isn't the greatest lecturer, but E177 is an awesome class if you're interested in learning some useful programming skills. You learn object-oriented programming, and with that you design and program Graphical User Interfaces, which allow you to make interactive games, software, etc. So your programming abilities after E177 will be far more advanced than after E7, assuming you put in some effort to learn the stuff. Frenklach's assignments were fairly straightforward and helped you learn the concepts. His lectures are somewhat scattered and not very good generally, but you'll be able to pick up the concepts by using MATLAB Help and doing the homeworks. The one midterm exam was SUPER easy because he wants to just test the basics. The class is project-focused, so after a few homework assignments and the midterm, you just focus on your own group (or solo) project. There is no final, just a project presentation during dead (RRR) week, where you show what you've been able to create. Great class if you enjoy programming and want to learn some neat things! Highly recommended.

ENGIN 177 (Spring 2011)

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96 82 100 79 81

Comment: Frenklach is a pretty cool guy for a professor and he does his best to connect with his students. Despite his heavy Russian accent, he can clearly convey all the important concepts in object oriented programming with Matlab. I also felt that each assignment tested us on the right ideas. All in all, I would definitely recommend anyone take E177 with Frenklach.

ENGIN 296MA (Fall 2011)

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75 69 74 85 85

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2014)

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53 71 37 46 81

Comment: Frenklach teaches this class using Matlab to perform tedious work rather than having to look up stuff on steam tables. However his exams have some stuff that are barely relevant to the homeworks. Lecture delivery were neither particularly special nor particularly poor.

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2014)

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83 70 77 93 89

Comment: Great professor; Prof. Frenklach teaches thermo a little differently than others, but he really stresses what's important and makes lectures worth going to. Homework leans heavily on MATLAB programming, which is not the norm. Though the hw was long at times and frustrating if you messed up syntax, it's actually on stuff we might see in the future (a turbine vs. something that would never happen in real life). Exams tested what people knew really well, so paying attention in class is important here. He receives every question well, and he is fine with explaining things more thoroughly if needed. Overall, pretty awesome.

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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50 82 9 60 94

Comment: Frenklach was very enthusiastic for the subject, and his MatLab assignments were very practical. He was helpful in class by always emphasizing key points and commanding respect from the student. However, he did come off as condescending to other students in the course who didn't know answers, but I personally never had any problems. There was some kid who'd always walk in late and park his scooter right next to the professor. After tripping on it one day, he rode it out of the way. He was funny in this way, but sometimes it came off the wrong way. However, the exams were miserable. Especially the final exam. He purposely wrote it to be the curve-breaker, after the first exam had a 93% average. Also, it disproportionately covered the last couple weeks of class (which wasn't "cumulative material"... just harder, stand-alone concepts). While his class isn't a complete train-wreck, I'd avoid him if possible. It seems like many of his classes just don't run as smooth as they should.

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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92 44 70 70 90

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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70 61 71 56 70

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 81 25 10

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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23 63 74 0 66

Comment: Lectures are essentially worthless, never went to his office hours. Midterms were easy to fair, a little fast paced though. Oh and he usually has an all or nothing multiple choice question on them that creates a large standard deviation. Final was cumulative and fair but lots of typos/errors in the problems which was annoying. All HW involves matlab but you only have to know how to use one function for the exams. Skip lecture skim/read book, do HW, and go to GSI's disc/OH if they are any good.

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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94 45 53 99 100

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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70 50 100 50 100

Comment: Frenklach is a great professor. He really wants you to KNOW thermodynamics and I learned a ton. If you have a chance to take thermo with Frenklach do it. Things to know: No cheat sheets on exams. His lectures aren't helpful if you just write down what is on the board, because it's not much so comment your notes as much as possible. Success in this class is understanding, not memorizing, thermodynamic laws, devices, and cycles. He likes MATLAB so assignments focus on that and we used MATLAB on exams.

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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87 43 42 80 91

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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99 90 95 87 95

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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59 65 50 40 64

MEC ENG 40 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

MEC ENG 254 (Fall 2011)

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91 94 67 91 93