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MATH 24 (Fall 2013)

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MATH 24 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 24 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 24 (Spring 2008)

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Comment: The Math of Gambling is an excellent class! Grunbaum is really chill, and you get to explore interesting statistical problems related to gambling games

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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8 69 33 0 0

Comment: Terrible Professor! It's ridiculous how little he cares about the class and students. Every day, he just can't wait to get out of there. I went to OH once and was he grumpy the whole time, getting pissed I was asking him questions. I see him limping around campus sometimes and feel a little bad that's he so unhappy... I was lucky to have an incredible GSI though, so my grade turned out decent. Grunbaum was also too lazy to make a new exam, he recycled an exam question for question from a previous year haha, so I aced it.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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70 70 76 52 65

Comment: Honestly, with math lower divs you just can't trust the numbers - people who are forced to take this class complain all the time. I liked this class, really good. Professor is decent and does all he can do make sure you succeed. Exams are easy if you conceptually understand what is going on. I would recommend taking class.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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3 50 28 11 22

Comment: Assignments were normal, but he complained about questions students asked, then often decided to answer an easier version of the question, if at all. Tests were really difficult considering the average and how "well" he taught during lecture

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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46 66 65 34 50

Comment: Grunbaum never seemed terribly thrilled teaching the class, and his lectures were basically from the (extremely unhelpful) book. Exams weren't easy, per se, but they were based on older exams, which helped when studying. GSIs seemed to be the "make or break" factor in the class, as section was really where most of the material was learned.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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41 53 71 26 30

Comment: He's not too nice, but his tests aren't extremely hard. He likes to reuse tests though, which I thought was unfair because that really screws up the curve. The final was pretty hard. Lots of homework, but that's good because you get more practice (unless your GSI was like mine and didn't check your homework). Good GSI is very important since you don't really learn anything from his lectures.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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0 23 61 0 0

Comment: The absolute worst professor that I have encountered in my 3 years here at Cal. Prepare to learn SOLELY from the book, because nobody learned anything in lecture. Lecture was disorganized and boring, and he refused to tell me GSI office hour times. Exams were fair in difficulty, but too much weight was put on particular problems. For example, the first problem in our second midterm was worth half of that midterm grade. Finally, he assigned homework for a lot of concepts that we weren't expected to learn for the test. Get ready for physics and electrical engineering problems...

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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Comment: I actually enjoyed this class. I didn't get the feeling that Grunbaum was very excited to be teaching it or particularly responsive to student concerns. Overall, however, I think he did a competent job explaining the material and a very competent job of assigning homework that was representative of what you needed for exams. Essentially this professor does an okay job of teaching you linear algebra/dif. eq. (make friends with the book, it is an essential tool for this class) but he really shines through preparing you for his exams.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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29 60 34 35 76

Comment: I went to every single lecture and fell asleep 15 minutes in every time. He has such a soothing voice, and his lectures are completely muddled. Make sure you attend the lecture immediately before the exams as he tells you what's on the tests. Exams are challenging. Final is very, very challenging.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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28 27 46 27 50

Comment: I was not a fan of this class. Homework was incredibly time consuming and tedious. Midterms were fair (though I think the first midterm was harder than in years past) but the final was ridiculously hard (differential equations!!!). Lecture was pretty hard to follow. Try to find a good GSI because this will make a big difference. I had a not so great GSI but at least for the linear algebra portion of the class, reading from the book was mostly enough to learn (differential equations is another story). Overall, not the best experience.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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50 39 74 2 22

Comment: He can be pretty rude to the students, and extremely unhelpful. He missed the grade deadline so we got our grades later than usual. Also if you want to email him questions and not get a nice response, the Grunbaum is the professor for you. People emailed him in my section but he either chooses to not respond or is mean when he does. However, if you do the homework (which is extremely time consuming) and you actually know what you're doing then the exams are definitely fair. Unfortunately the topic is linear algebra and differential equations so the topic is inherently hard, which is why he gets a lot of crap about his exams. Just know your PDEs for the final and you'll be fine.

MATH 54 (Fall 2013)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: After having a horrible 53 professor, Grunbaum was amazing in comparison. I really liked going to his class and he made some silly jokes so it was usually entertaining. There was a huge emphasis on linear algebra which made the midterms pretty simple, but then the last 2 weeks of the semester were spent on differential equations which felt so rushed and unfortunately was the majority of the material on the final, but the curve as usual always helps.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Study past midterms and finals. Go to lecture because he gives hints on what's going to be on the midterm and whatnot.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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70 74 77 64 73

Comment: Eh. Grunbaum got the job done. Decent professor. Homework is straight from the textbook, and he assigned mostly odd problems. His lectures weren't bad for 8 o' clock in the morning. He went over a ton of theory and some quantitative examples. As for his exams, I thought they were pretty fair. His midterms resembled problems from the homework so it's not too bad. But as for his final, it was a mixture of medium to hard problems. The medium problems resembled those from the hw and the hard problems... I have no idea.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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90 100 36 80 70

Comment: Midterms were not bad, but final was much more difficult.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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50 72 31 35 56

Comment: 'twas a sadistic final.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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70 70 66 35 38

Comment: Ok I think this professor deserves more credit than a lot of people gave in rage after last semester's 54 final. Granted he gives much more homework than other professors but most of the homework is pretty straight forward and appear on exams later in basically the same form so it's actually a good thing. Lectures can be confusing if you don't get his accent or don't read the book because he expects lectures to be complimentary to your readings, not substituting your reading. As for exams the first midterm is way too easy. The second one is fair. Final is indeed very hard but keep in mind there is a curve, which is actually quite a nice curve.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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68 72 74 80 87

Comment: First exam was exceptionally easy. The second exam was quite a bit more challenging. The final was brutal. Grunbaum was not great at introducing the class to new material. I could only follow what he was saying if I had already done the reading several times, finished most of the homework, and gone to the office hours of my TA and to tutoring. I think about 20 people were regularly showing up to lecture - it was just a waste of time. But he is very enthusiastic, and didn't especially confuse me. I mostly just found his lectures not helpful.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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47 46 72 23 98

Comment: Seriously, I went to all his lectures but I didn't understand most of them. I kept falling asleep since his lecture is jumping around. I did okay for this class because I did well on both of his midterms, but the final was a little bit difficult. However, I think he is still cool by connecting his lecture w/physicis etc.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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76 38 72 49 63

Comment: Funny guy, his lecture pace was rather slow, which I liked because it made it easier for me to absorb the material. He has his sarcastic and funny moments, don't miss them! midterms are easy, just don't get tricked up by simple mistakes. Final was harder than expected, but I felt that the questions were fair.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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24 58 73 12 24

Comment: Do NOT go to lectures until after the first midterm. I am not a mathematically-inclined individual and received extremely high scores on both from just reading the book. But you must read the book. For the final however, the book is neigh useless since it's by a different author and the material is more difficult. You will need to attend every lecture for the last few weeks of instruction. If you do no have a good GSI make it your first priority to find one or drop the class. Grunbaum is incapable of teaching intro-level math so you will need somebody who can to do so, namely your GSI. Assignments are manageable if you're not lazy.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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29 26 41 28 57

Comment: He is a boring teacher and most people did not go to class. The few times I went, the class was less than a third full. It was difficult to know what he expected on his tests, so GSIs were crucial for success in this course. He gave so much homework - three units per class. And I had to copy off of my friends just to get by sometimes (and I usually don't need to do that). His exams were arbitrary. His final was so comprehensive because it tested a wide range of topics. I only did well because I had made a comprehensive cheat sheet, and not because I truly understood what was going on.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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25 6 20 22 20

Comment: AVOID GRUNBAUM. First midterm is extremely deceptive especially the second midterm and his final. Assigns way too much homework that did not help much for his tests (except the first one).

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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8 13 0 12 11

Comment: AVOID him, HW and Final are awful!!!!!

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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70 50 68 68 100

Comment: LOTS of homework...midterms are really easy but he kind of rushes over differential equations so youre left to learn it mostly by yourself. didnt really tell us how to prepare for final, so final was really difficult...

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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71 37 42 40 47

Comment: Make sure you have a good GSI. If you don't, go to other GSI's review sessions. He had an awful lot of homework, and this can cost you a long time. Midterms were easy, but final was HARD and heavily related to physics! Everyone was complaining after the final. His curve seemed to be good though.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: What's up with all the extremely negative comments? I actually really liked his lectures and found them to be pretty helpful in understanding the material. All the people that are saying that he was a horrible professor probably didn't even go to his lectures...... As for the final, most of the questions were gone over during the review sessions.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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100 96 98 43 34

Comment: not a great professor, first test ez, second test ok, last test rape but the curve will save u

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: arrogant but completely incompetent disclaimer: this is a review in rage of his final. I got an A in fact. but this doesnt conceal the fact that the prof is horrible. worst prof ever met at cal

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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61 75 35 51 56

Comment: crazy standard deviaton

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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50 19 62 23 17

Comment: Lecture is basically optional. Make sure you get a good GSI and learn the material from there. No need to wake up early for his class.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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40 55 31 43 26

Comment: Linear Algebra was mostly self-taught for me, and the homework wasn't too bad (although it did eat up a bunch of time). Once you hit Differential Equations, nothing makes sense anymore.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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81 74 71 74 71

Comment: He's awesome, and super funny! He's a pretty good teacher compared to some of the others I have had, the only thing is that he assigns A LOT of homework.

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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34 84 66 46 37

Comment: 1st easy, 2nd trick, final die

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: LOTS OF HW!!! exams not too hard

MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2012)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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100 74 0 18 19

Comment: My bum is still gushing blood after that god awful final. GREAT KURVES THO

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: unreasonable difficult final

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: So bad that you'd like to avoid at all cost

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: Yep, definitely the worst professor I've gotten so far...

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: Will put you to sleep.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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60 50 41 40 66

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: Linear Algebra was Easy. Differential Equations killed me. So yea the first midterm is like a safety net for your grade. I went into both the 2nd Midterm and Final not knowing what I was doing. And miraculously passed the class with a C. Must be because I got like a 95 on the 1st Midterm.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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37 32 36 30 56

Comment: Sure, the midterms were conceptually easy, but they were graded incredibly harshly. A simple arithmetic, for instance, could knock a grade down 15%. Much better to have hard midterms, in which knowledge is stressed over the ability to avoid careless mistakes. Also, wayyyy too much hw.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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66 76 35 34 83

Comment: Grunbaum has horrible handwriting. He goes almost exactly by the book. He assigns A LOT of homework, but it's very helpful for understanding the material and exam problems should be similar to the homework. Also, he is known for giving easy exams since he is lazy and doesn't like to spend time grading. For my class, the two midterms were easy, but the final was surprisingly difficult...even the GSI's were surprised. An A- to A+ is a 90-100%.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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81 61 72 71 61

Comment: Easy midterms, hard final. LOTS of homework problems. Good instructor, though.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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79 36 70 50 75

Comment: He assigns A LOT of homework. His midterms were easy but final was extremely hard. He lectures pretty well.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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35 43 25 5 50

Comment: If you approach him with a question about the class, he'll always ask why you didn't ask your GSI instead. This does not bode well. The first midterm is usually easy, but it'll get harder and harder as the course progresses. Make sure you have a good GSI too - mine wasn't.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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62 57 60 60 64

Comment: If my GSI wasn't the amazing Peyam Tabrizian, I don't know what I would've done.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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65 28 70 66 62

Comment: The professor was thoroughly mediocre, he didn't teach amazingly well but he did cover everything at a reasonable pace. His midterms weren't too bad and if you pay attention in class and keep up with the work, especially at the end (which I did not do) you'll also be fine for the final. YOU DO NOT WANT HIM AT 8am.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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54 62 21 45 45

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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36 23 12 30 80

Comment: He had good lectures, although he often went on tangents and some lectures made absolutely no sense. I had an A uncurved before the final, but the final fucked me over and dropped my course grade to a B. It had questions that literally never appeared on the homework anywhere and were never discussed in class. Gives a lot of homework, especially for Diff EQ section

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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42 14 22 50 34

Comment: Unhelpful lectures, very easy midterms, crazy hard finals.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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35 27 52 27 27

Comment: Homeworks takes a lot of time. Midterms were easy, final was extremely difficult... Hope you get a good GSI (mine was not that helpful)

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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74 100 77 50 50

Comment: Lots of homework, which helps towards preparing for the exams, but finals was hard and a surprise to many students

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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39 32 40 0 50

Comment: He has a reputation for being an easy prof, but be careful. The two midterms were no problem, very straight forward. However the final was a different story. He told us on the first day of class that a particular problem would be on it, however at the last minute a gsi realized he taught it wrong, so he changed the problem, to one that may have been the same difficulty in theory, but we had never seen the before. He is impossible to find for help. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD GSI!

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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79 65 75 75 85

Comment: His lectures are difficult to learn from (and you can do without them), but he will indicate what kinds of problems will be on the test. The homework is a little heavy but it will prepare you for the tests. Read the book carefully, do your homework, and hope for a good GSI, and you should be okay. Midterms were very easy (I heard one section had a 100% median on the first one); the final was extremely difficult but was curved.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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46 67 71 50 55

Comment: Give relatively easy exams but his accent is absolutely terrible.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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71 81 32 50 54

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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50 78 50 49 36

Comment: Professor Grunbaum was very difficult to learn from at times. I don't know whether it was the fact that class was at 8 am or that he was not a good lecturer, but after lecture I felt like I hardly learned anything during class time. It really helps if you have a good GSI, and you have to read and understand the textbook. The first two midterms were pretty straight-forward. They were each only 4 questions, and you either got them right or wrong. I don't know where the final came from, but it was nothing like either midterm or the homework even though he promised the final would not be a surprise. The average grade on the final for my discussion was a 51%, but there was a curve, so our grades turned out fair. He is one of the easier 54 professors, but I didn't find him a good math teacher.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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92 81 94 71 74

Comment: Lectures were very good. He taught what he thought was important and his tests reflected that for the most part. Both midterms were extremely easy. The final was hard because it was so unlike the style of his midterms. Although the final did not test for a thorough understanding of the material, the questions were actually reasonably fair. Of the 7 questions on the final, he hinted at 5 of them in his lectures, the 6th was very easy, and the 7th was just a basic application of linear algebra concepts. Attending lectures is absolutely necessary. Make sure to take note of anything that he hints might be on the test. The class was supposed to be on a straight grading scale, but a fair curve was applied at the end.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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86 75 50 70 75

Comment: Good lecturer, presents and teaches material well. Midterms were reasonable, and final was ridiculously specific and random, not representative of the entire semester at all. Homework was fair amount and questions were reasonable. Probably one of the better Math 54 professors?

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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80 70 77 80 86

Comment: Professor Grunbaum is a very knowledgeable math instructor, and I feel that he is able to share his knowledge relatively well. It is clear that he has an accent, but I could understand what he was saying almost all the time. Unfortunately, his lectures were at 8 am, so I missed quite a few, but I suggest you try your best to attend these lectures; he often gives away specific types of problems that will show up on your midterms and final. The homework each week is rather long and daunting, but they give you just the right amount so that it's not too overwhelming, yet it sticks in your head so you remember how to do those problems when it shows up on your exams. Homework was graded rather strictly, so be sure to verify your work and your answers. Grunbaum was rather helpful in that the last lecture before each exam, he would hold a review session, and essentially give away the topics that will show up on the exam. And about the exams: the two midterms are rather straight-forward; they don't require too much studying. The final was extremely hard, BUT because it was so hard, they curved the final a lot. Just remember to do the homework, remember how to do those problems, and attend those review sessions!

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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60 80 71 50 37

Comment: Pretty easy class, just do the homework, ask for help when you need it, don't stress too much because his tests are straightforward. Yes, the final was hard, but the curve was so low it didn't matter.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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70 50 70 50 64

Comment: Mostly reasonable exams except the final was quite challenging. Lots of homework but helps a lot because most of the midterm problems are like the homework problems

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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70 67 76 77 49

Comment: Midterms were straight forward, final was not. Keep up in hw because his lectures go quickly.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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76 50 76 50 50

Comment: Lots of homework. Read the book. Tests okay.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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73 81 72 50 64

Comment: Not too engaging, but fair + straightfoward. If you keep up in hmwk, you should be fine.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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64 75 40 59 63

Comment: killer finals, deceivingly easy midterms. horrible differential equation lectures

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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85 71 100 72 76

Comment: Let me begin by saying that his lectures were sometimes boring, so make sure to take a notebook and take notes so you stay awake, because what he covers in lecture, especially once he gets into Differential equations, is really important. His exams are easy, being of comparable difficulty to the homework. Moral: take notes, do homework, make sure to review, as this class moves really quickly.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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73 67 66 76 77

Comment: Really easy midterms with a really hard final. For the midterms, test problems came straight from the homework. Couldn't stay awake in 8 AM lecture, though he does have a nice accent.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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95 75 100 76 77

Comment: Easy professor. Take class with him.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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59 39 83 72 50

Comment: heavy accent and a lot of homework, but explain knowledge pretty clearly and the exams are not very hard if you finish required homework.

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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87 40 100 52 62

Comment: If you do your homework, you get 100 in your midterms

MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2011)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2008)

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98 50 50 50 50

Comment: easiest piece of crap in the world

MATH 54 (Fall 2008)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2008)

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MATH 54 (Fall 2008)

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73 59 69 40 66

Comment: super easy, gives test questions away before exam

MATH 54 (Fall 2008)

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71 82 96 61 50

Comment: few people attended his lectures, and most people who attended slept (maybe because it was at 8am) very easy final

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
98 94 83 95 86

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 50 50 50 50

Comment: GREAT curve, 110 way harder than 54 tho

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 56 50 50 58

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 22 81 10 100

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 68 57 50 73

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 84 100 77 82

Comment: Very straight forward professor.

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
37 50 39 44 77

Comment: Some would say that Grünbaum has some old-person charm, but the charm wore off quickly for me. He can be funny at times, but I didn't find the lectures to be very helpful. They didn't cover very much. Then in discussion, the GSI would go over much more difficult concepts. The homeworks often took very long. We were required to either write them in pen or use LaTeX. I chose LaTeX, and boy did entering all those matrices take a long time. The worst part of the course was the sketchiness surrounding the grading scheme. Originally, a midterm would only be dropped if you didn't take it. A lot of people didn't do so hot on the two midterms (probably because they weren't very good tests, only touching on a small subset of the material), so he decided to drop the lowest one and replace the grade with the final. Some students, presumable those who had taken the midterms but not turned them in, complained, and so he switched it back. Ultimately, he did a pretty good job preparing us for the final, which was much easier than the midterms, and the final grades seemed pretty generous, but I just didn't like how the grading scheme was up in the air for almost half of the course.

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 15 27 60 85

Comment: Assignments took a very long time and our group usually needed to use outside resources because the book/lectures weren't too helpful. The final was crazy though...

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 19 74 68 64

Comment: Grumbaum is an okay professor. The grade scaling is okay. Homeworks are hard and its not effort-based.

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 70 49 70 70

Comment: Prof Grunbaum is a decent lecturer, can be kinda funny at times. 1st MT was very harshly graded, and very poorly set. 2nd MT was more in line with MTs by other profs. Gave a lot of hints on what would be on the Final during the review session. We covered pretty much all the chapters in the book (including chapter 7 - replaced rational Jordan form with Jordan-Chevaller decomposition instead). This meant that the first few chapters were covered very quickly whereas most other Profs spend more time there.

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 20 29 76 81

Comment: i think this professor is good at teaching, but he is kind of not nice during the lecture if someone talks in the lecture.

MATH 110 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 56 50 60 79

Comment: He is a wonderful professor, and the reason why I wake up at 8 a.m. He is very enthusiastic about the topic and he cracks jokes.

MATH 185 (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Remember that book, "lies my teacher told me?" Complex analysis goes through some of the gaps in knowledge that students get away with in high school calculus, so it is a very satisfying subject to the mathematically curious. Grunbaum is a great professor who says some words funny. Sounds like an Italian Batman.

MATH 185 (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 100 100 67 92

Comment: Compared to much of the math department, Grunbaum is pretty good. He graded the exams rather easily and gave lots of partial credit. Definitely recommended for 185.

MATH 185 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 185 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
98 96 88 91 94

MATH H185 (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 96 100 82 90

Comment: Exams are really easy. Grunbaum is very passionate and gives interesting homework assignments. Very approachable.

MATH H185 (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 81 91 73 71

Comment: One of the nicest math professors on campus. His classes tend to be easy but covers the same materials as other classes. His homework can be hard but his exams are easy.