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MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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Comment: really talent guy. explain things clear!!

MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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100 100 98 99 100

Comment: awesome teacher!!really explained and fantastic lectures. easy homework and the test is similar to practice tests

MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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77 100 26 74 100

Comment: professor's really nice and lectures are fun to go to, but the exams were ridiculously hard. i regreat taking this class - just b/c of the exams...

MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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50 50 29 50 50

Comment: Exams were ridiculously hard. 3rd midterm had average score of like.. 15/90 points. fairly boring lectures too.

MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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75 68 57 40 65

Comment: difficult tests in general but the curve makes up for it. make sure you know more than the people sitting next to you. i would take rezakhanlou if only to appreciate his funny mannerisms

MATH 53 (Summer 2010)

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66 58 63 50 85

Comment: The discussion section was far more helpful than lectures.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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8 38 13 48 62

Comment: exams were so hard, scored in the single digits, wouldn't recommend this guy

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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70 70 39 70 50

Comment: Really good instructor. Only brought lecture notes once and that was on a Post-It. He needs to work on letting his students see the big picture, but his lectures are really good. I get the feeling he doesn't care much for his undergrads though.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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15 50 7 45 70

Comment: His exams weren't anything like homework assignments or quizzes. Averages were always from 30-50%, he has a thick accent, and speeds through concepts during lecture, thus not explaining very well. I definitely would NOT take another class from him.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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70 61 28 77 75

Comment: He is a very clear, helpful lecturer who seems to make examples magically as the lecture goes on, however his tests were very challenging.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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76 41 7 70 79

Comment: Rezakhanlou is a very good professor. He is very good at teaching mathematics and has friendly way of doing it. His lectures are insightful and he even tells jokes which made me laugh, an overall enjoyable experience. ON THE OTHER HAND, his tests are the hardest tests I've had at Berkeley (1st year). The midterms are only 50 minutes long and there is at least an hour and a half's worth of stuff in there (unless you're a beast and know exactly what you're doing in which case you don't need to take the class). The third midterm had a average of 18/90. He puts more material that can be done on the test so my advice would be to pretend that there is really only half the test and work thoroughly on that part instead of half-trying to answer all the questions (you'll get more points that way). The final was the same difficulty as the midterms only a whole finals worth of questions. The amount of material on the the final was more geared toward the 3 hour time limit so I didn't feel as rushed as the midterms, comparatively.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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75 70 61 82 49

Comment: The exams are hard as people say, but the curve is generous enough to make up for it. You can't slack off, and make sure to go to lectures because many questions on the tests are based on tricky concepts only mentioned in class.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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63 50 0 50 70

Comment: Engaging lecturer. However, midterms were horrible - beyond comprehension. ie, average 18/90

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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91 76 65 82 81

Comment: Take Math 53 with Rezakhanlou and go to his lectures and you will definitely come out of the class with an appreciation or at least an understanding of multivariable calculus. Rezakhanlou comes into class everyday with his hands in his pockets. He doesn't need notes! His lectures are extremely well-planned. They are well paced, organized, focused on the big picture, and the examples supplement concepts being taught and the textbook very well. Rezakhanlou is very helpful, scatters jokes throughout his lectures, and is a really friendly guy. This is one of my favorite professors. His tests are pretty hard though. You definitely have to put in the time to do well.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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70 88 15 76 65

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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29 64 28 34 71

Comment: He seems like he knows what he's talking about but very difficult to understand and ends up confusing you more than he teaches. Exams were ridiculous. If you're taking this class I recommend having a friend who can reteach you everything after you leave lecture.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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92 78 33 89 89

Comment: Rezakhanlou is a really great professor. He's good at lecturing and just a funny and nice guy in general. I would definitely recommend trying to get him if you can. Only downside is that he gives really hard tests. They're very time-constrained, and our third midterm had an average of 19/90. On the plus side, he drops your lowest midterm of the three.

MATH 53 (Spring 2010)

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27 50 0 50 50

Comment: He manages to confuse you more than anything else. He also writes every single word he says on the board, so lecture goes really slowly. The worst thing though are the exams. They are nothing like what he teaches, what the GSI's go over, and what the homework is on. They are also blisteringly hard. The average on the last midterm was 20%. That's right, 20%! Do not take this professor!

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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32 72 37 5 62

Comment: He has a very thick accent, so it's completely useless to listen to him in lecture. Copying the board helps, sort of, but he regurgitates the textbook essentially. His assignments for homework are relatively light, and he did adjust them in the differential equations portion because the problems were very long and hard (twss). But anyway, he does crack a joke every now and then and his sense of humor are fine, but lecturing he is very boring to attend lecture. Exams are very difficult... in a sense that there are a few problems you can do if you study, but the true/false questions average about 2 points out of 20 because you must prove why it is false and why it is true. Furthermore, he fails to truly explain any questions or confusions very well to students. For me, I simply referred to the book for the class and did fine. The class material is relatively simple and with a decent GSI you will do fine, but otherwise one will be stuck learning alone with the book. The book is very good though, if you read it closely and take notes. The final was easier than expected, midterms for LA were killer.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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53 88 74 22 56

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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62 67 33 61 50

Comment: Exams were hard. I hated the true/false. I missed a lot of lectures because I was busy with my other classes. However, I just read the book and caught up. I did above average on every test. I screwed up on the final because I focused on the older material but I ended up with an A-.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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17 73 16 23 50

Comment: Having not taught math 54 for more than 15 years, Rezakhanlou was pretty bad. Really time crunched midterms that hurt your overall grade.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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39 38 59 53 69

Comment: Rezakhanlou made this class WAY too easy! Linear Algebra and Diff Eq is such a huge topic in Math and Engineering and I felt like I was sort of cheated out of most of it. The class is an easy A though without much work.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 75 50 27 24

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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63 50 36 40 58

Comment: It's hard to decipher what he's saying in class often times, which makes it difficult. His pace is usually pretty good though in class, and it's funny when he cracks jokes here and there. Be prepared to not understand anything from DifEq's til the final.. I don't know a single person whose had a good grasp on it. With that said, exams are pretty predictable. Know proofs.. they show up all the time on T/F part of the test (arguably the hardest part of the exams).

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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70 77 40 50 60

Comment: He gives time-crunched midterms but the final is very doable. I think I was saved by the curve in the end. Hw wasn't graded which was nice. I couldn't make it to his office hours so I don't know how he is. He lectures quickly but thoroughly. My GSI helped me A LOT!

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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34 63 13 23 40

Comment: Very bad lecturer. Would write down every word on the blackboard, making taking notes impossible.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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71 79 92 70 70

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 100 100 38 35

Comment: his lecture notes really do read like a story book...you don't understand what he's doing in class, but once you study the notes, everything's really clear. his exams were very fair

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: very good prof, but you need to study a lot. Sometimes it is painful to understand material. Be patient, read the book, and solve every problems in the book. I spend on woring tons of time by my slef. I did go to the lecture to check what topic he takled. The pace was important for me. I got an A. You will realize you have to teach your self. Very lonley.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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75 69 61 46 54

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 54 52 31 40

Comment: To be honest, he is an okay professor. He writes down every single thing he says on the board, which really isn't necessary. A lot of people fell asleep. Also, homework is pretty easy--just similar to any math class, and he only assigns about 4-5 problems per section. Midterms are very difficult. It isn't that the material is hard (his first midterm, the questions were straightforward), it is just that there is not enough time to calculate determinants and find solutions to matrices in 1 hour. It just takes too long, and you need to learn to be quick. 2nd midterm was super difficult, the questions were terrible. 3rd midterm on differntial equations...a lot of people thought it was hard. Personally, I thought this was incredibly easy, and I scored very high. Final was also very simple. You needed to know fourier series very well, and I was able to understand this after about a week. Overall, I did well in the class.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 74 43 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 27 50 75

Comment: The thing about this class is that it is SUPER DIFFICULT, but the curve is ridiculous so if you actually put some work into it you should get a decent grade pretty easily. To put it in perspective: First of all, a small part of our grade is weekly homework assignments. I used an answer key mostly to help me learn how to do the first half, but I didn't have that option for the second half of the course and so I could not understand ANYTHING because by that point I was already in the habit of never going to lecture or discussion except for tests and to turn in homework. Second, we have three quizzes. I probably averaged 5/8 on those. Then there were midterms. We take three and drop the lowest. On the first I got 80% (the average was 5% so I was looking pretty good), but then I BOMBED the second and got 21/80 (luckily I got to drop that). Point being, I understood nothing about that section of the class. I have no idea what I got on the third but it had to have been better than 21. Finally, we get to the final. The final is literally worth HALF YOUR GRADE. 200/400 POINTS. I did not answer almost half of it. I wrote formulas that I thought might go with it but then didn't solve them because I never learned the last chapter of our book (my bad). That aside, assuming I full credit on everything that I actually answered, the highest score I could have gotten was around 123/200. I probably didn't get more than 65% in the whole class. BUT I GOT A B. I honestly thought it was a mistake when I got the grade or that I misread it. Anyway, the lesson to be learned here is this: You will probably never get a good grade. But neither will anyone else. As long as you actually learn the last chapter and attempt to answer the whole final (unlike me), you are probably golden. Just don't do anything I did because I have terrible work ethic when it comes to math.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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80 73 56 70 100

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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42 67 34 61 67

Comment: Lectures feel pretty slow with him writing a lot of what he says onto several chalkboards. The discussion section felt a lot more fruitful in understanding the course content. The exams may not reflect how much you actually know about the course content because they are so time-constrained; minor mistakes may lead to huge time losses, and you may not finish on time. So *do* get some sleep and healthy eats prior to the exams! The course material is actually very easy to understand for like the first two-thirds of the course; however, the final third is very difficult. Be prepared to step it up. Lastly, for those concerned about grading, the scaling of grades is actually very generous. I seriously thought that I was going to fail the course after taking all of the midterms and finals, but I ended up with a B+.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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26 71 92 42 76

Comment: For 3 semesters prior, I had never habitually skipped lecture; this changed when I took Rezakhanlou's class. To some degree, that isn't his fault; I had class starting at 8:00, and often hunger overcame my desire to go to lecture when I'd had 54 discussion literally an hour before. My GSI was incredibly helpful in understanding the material; in the early parts of the semester, when I went to lecture, I found that it seemed Rezakhanlou was a lecture or two behind discussion section, so I rarely felt compelled to go to learn something I'dalready learned in section two days prior. Homeworks are standard for Berkeley math; you can generally do them in an afternoon. At times they seem to cover things he himself hasn't talked about in lecture yet, so... make sure you go to section. Exams are very fair, lots of professors like questions that read something like "Problem 1, part a), part b), part c); Problem 2, part a), ...". Reza's are just one question, one answer (discounting True/False, which really aren't as bad as people make it out to be, and this is coming from someone who landed a B- ). This makes it a bit swingy, since if you don't know the concept behind the question, you've just lost a quarter of the possible midterm points; if you do, you may find yourself finishing the exam 15 minutes early). The final was brutal on me, but this may be because I didn't devote too much time to learning PDEs, and the final was littered with them. The homework and exams aren't unlike most Math courses here; the lectures are less-than-stellar, though, so prepare to learn on your own or from your GSI.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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40 69 39 38 86

Comment: he was very generous with the curve (B+ average for the entire class). his lecture is unbearably unhelpful and boring (thank god i had a really helpful GSI, i learned most from him). because of that, i never showed up to lectures. tests are reasonably challenging (very tight on timing, there's not enough time to finish questions or time to check work). ehhh alright professor, not too great

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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40 88 41 9 85

Comment: Math has usually been one of my favorite classes, but this class was unbearable. Professor Rezakhanlou is clearly a genius, as he lectures completely from his head with no notes, and his lecture notes effectively reflect a condensed version of the book. Unfortunately, neither his head nor the book make any practical sense--lectures are entirely theoretical nonsense, with large matrices full of a_1, a_2,...a_n, and boards full of excessive writing (he writes down everything he says, literally). The actual stuff you will need to know in order to do the homework/tests is not covered in lecture at all. The True/False on exams was impossible, though I suppose if you actually pay attention in lecture it might make sense. He also left us to effectively learn Fourier Series on our own (since the semester ended early), which was the hardest part of the course. All in all, if you don't have a great GSI (which I didn't), you will be teaching yourself the entire course. Also, it was a nasty little surprise learning that the final was worth 50% of our course grade.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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100 99 94 99 98

Comment: funny lecturer, nice and helpful in office hours, and fair exams--though you do have to work fast in 50 minutes for the midterms; no big complaints overall

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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95 100 100 67 100

Comment: His lectures are pretty boring for the first few weeks (the obvious part of linear algebra), but as he progresses, he really gets a lot more interesting. He really shines in differential equations, which I think is his specialty or something, and presented the material in a way that really left me wondering more about what else there was. He was sometimes a little late, but give the man a break, he's not that tall! I never went to office hours, so I can't vouch for helpfulness, but he was certainly enthusiastic and funny to listen to. I think his exams were incredibly fair, and might have been some of the best test-making I've ever seen. About half of it is fairly rote computation that requires pretty basic knowledge of the material, so if you don't know a damn thing about what you're doing then you could get at least a 40%. Question 3 on midterms was usually something that required very detailed knowledge about something abstract/theoretical, but it never asked us about anything more than we ought to know. The true/false section was the most well-designed of all, and really tested if you actually knew math, or if you just knew how to compute (and you could get away with strategically mindless computing on at least half the true/false questions, especially if you needed to prove something false). In the end, the class was also curved to a B+, with 45% of people getting between an A- and A+, so I was certainly satisfied with the curve. If you don't do well in this class, it's really because you didn't make an effort to pay attention in lecture and do your homework well.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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27 51 50 33 56

Comment: During lectures, Rezakhanlou was fairly friendly and tried to make the class laugh through his jokes (though some of his jokes got a little bit old), which was all nice. However, despite this, he does not do a great job in explaining the concepts, largely because his lecture style is dense and fails to effectively get across to students. Notably, even though it is nice that he writes every word he says onto the board, it does make lectures move slower, taking away from time that we actually have the concept better explained to us. I believe I gained more from going to my GSI and my textbook for help, as compared to lectures. I have gone to Rezakhanlou's office hours only twice, and I guess he didn't really make me feel welcome. It was sort of like, when I asked him a question, he would scowl a bit, make a comment about how I obviously didn't go to lecture (though, I have attended a majority - 85% to 90% - of lectures), and then proceed to explain. However, my main dissatisfaction lies in the fact that, even when I'm still confused, he has a hard time of explaining it in different terms, which isn't too conducive to my learning. Of course, that sounds selfish, but... it does make sense that I would want him to try to better understand why I am confused, as opposed to repeating himself. Over the course of the semester, I grew a distaste for Rezakhanlou mainly because I saw him as a fairly un-dedicated professor. He would habitually arrive 5 - 10 minutes late to class. Oh, and here's the red flag, the thing I think you should take away: he quite literally reuses exams. He will send out one practice exam before each midterm, only with problems. It is not within his willpower to actually create a solution key or anything. As long as you follow this practice exam and understand how to do all these problems, there is a very high (80%+) chance that the same question will be on the exam, just with different numbers. I looked back and compared the midterms with the practice exams and saw exactly this. What was quite annoying is that all of this sums up to one fact: Rezakhanlou, at the very most, gave half a shit about Math 54. I mean, his tests are fair because they are very similar to the practice exams, but he, as a teacher, is pretty crappy. It comes down to: do you want to just get an A with the class and pass by? Or do you care about the professor's ability to teach and subsequently, the chances that your learning experience for Math 54 will be easier.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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100 100 80 50 100

Comment: He's a lovable old man that tells jokes now and then. He does writes down everything he says on the board, making it hard to get the point of what he says. Homework is somewhat modeled after the format of his midterms. The exams themselves are simply no-nonsense tests of techniques from lecture or the book. Try to find a good GSI for reviewing the material.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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17 50 34 24 50

Comment: Lecture is not really helpful. GSI is the key to learn in this class. Hw are all from book, True/False part of test is hard,and the real thing make the midterm hard is most of questions are time consuming, most people cant finish the midterm within 45 minutes for 3-4 calculation extensive questions + 5 short T/F. Most time if you happend have a single calculation error, it will messied up whole question and you dont really have time to check where is the mistake.Usually, such question valued 15-25 points almost 1/3 of total grades. You have to practice more than the homework questions to be safe on midterm. Like I said before, you really need choose a good GSI.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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73 75 82 63 77

Comment: Not, bad, not perfectly clear but material and tests are completely manageable.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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77 50 45 26 69

Comment: Very enthusiastic professor and cracks jokes to keep things lively, but writing down every sentence he says makes it hard to capture the point .

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 80 13 31 38

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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70 35 40 41 42

Comment: Reasonably decent instructor. Test were do-able if you did the homework. His lectures were pretty boring sometimes, however, and he brought no notes with him to class. The key here is to understand concepts and do homework.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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39 85 7 38 37

Comment: The assignments aren't too difficult - like any problem set you can kind of just work through them. Rezakhanlou, as many have said, dictates everything he says on the board. I didn't find the lectures too helpful though, and stopped going. I'm doing relatively okay from the book only, and it also depends on the helpfulness of your GSI. Don't take him, mostly on the basis of his tests - the True False are pretty difficult and he curves it to a C+ (I think?). Two small mistakes can cost you 15 pts - a standard deviation and a half for some exams.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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40 50 36 31 50

Comment: Likes to annotate everything he says on the board which could be good or bad depending on your taste but takes a lot of time.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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58 66 50 50 80

Comment: ok lecturer but definitely not dedicated to teaching

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 74 28 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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35 42 16 39 57

Comment: He doesn't a lot of examples in lecture which makes it difficult to have practical use of the material. His tests are mostly theory based which is difficult of you can't remember the theorems to prove your argument. Try to get a good GSI, it will make a big difference.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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37 62 23 24 42

Comment: Grades to a C+ curve which is total bullshit. He's a funny dude in class, and writes every single thing down. I attended mostly all lectures, but never really learned anything from them. I learned everything from the book. Exams were not too hard, mostly just the time constraint and T/F made them difficult. Overall, would not take another class with him mainly because of the curve

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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88 87 77 82 95

Comment: Rezakhanlou writes down every single word he says. You'll never miss a thing in lecture, unless you fall asleep. The hardest parts of his exams are the True and False. Just remember your theorems and practice!

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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73 90 88 67 73

Comment: His lectures tended to be with little explanation and application, and I found my GSI's to be much clearer. The exams overall are much easier not only because he curves them slightly, but also because he gives fairly simple questions (other than the T/F ones). Homework was probably the most time consuming, but effort graded nonetheless.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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66 72 80 42 72

Comment: Exams were curved a large amount, yet his lectures became fairly boring and very confusing during the end of the semester

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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53 73 70 41 37

Comment: Lectures are a bit boring, since he has a habit of writing out, word-for-word, a sentence he finished a minute ago. Exams are rather easy if you do the homework.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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91 75 62 84 91

Comment: Homework load acceptable. Funny jokes.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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66 69 44 46 57

Comment: If you're pretty good at learning through proofs, you might like him as an instructor. Otherwise...good luck. He can be confusing at times (especially if you can't differentiate between his "m" and "n"), and you'll probably need to grab a seat near the front to be able to see his writing clearly. Homework is usually pretty helpful, but he sometimes tests on things directly from his lectures, which are not always outlined in the book. Speaking of tests, make sure you understand theorems. If you don't understand them, you probably won't be getting the true/false questions right anytime soon. Test difficulty is pretty variable- the average was somewhere near the B range for the first midterm and a low D for the second one- but generally you'll need to study a bit. He's not a bad professor, but be prepared to learn a lot on your own time too.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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55 50 39 50 62

Comment: Good professor, lectures make sense as long as you're paying attention. Tests can be difficult.

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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44 63 66 41 61

Comment: Rezakhanlou is a mediocre professor at best. His lectures are organized and logical, but his explanations aren't too good and it REALLY isn't necessary to literally write out every single word he says on the board, word for word. If you're lucky to have a good GSI, then you'll hopefully learn in discussion. Otherwise, the textbook, which isn't too bad, will be your best friend. Weekly HW like many other math classes; solution manuals are everywhere online (just ask around), but it's actually helpful to keep up w/ material and do the hw yourself. Midterms are fair, you can actually finish within the time given and besides some tricky true/false questions about concepts, they're pretty straightforward. Class in terms of the material itself is ok, but try and take with another (better) professor if possible. Also try crashing other discussions to find a better GSI

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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15 20 8 0 29

Comment: Oh god. You better find yourself a good GSI, or you will most likely suffer more than you should. Exams were horrible; out of 80 points, the average for the first midterm was a 56, and the second a 45. Many couldn't even finish the second one because there were 5 questions (with parts a, b, etc) to complete in 45 minutes. Homework takes a long time because you have to study yourself most of the time, and each homework is only worth 2 points.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 50 50 75 74

Comment: Awesome guy, very helpful at office hours. Doesn't give enough homework to prepare you for the tests however; you'll need to do more problems on your own.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

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4 56 40 0 58

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 79 74 72 88

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
37 73 17 25 32

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 80 78 59 78

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
22 100 29 27 78

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 85 91 50 79

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 85 60 38 81

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 70 70 34 70

Comment: It's pretty much what you would expect. Maybe easier.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 80 60 44 73

Comment: Tough exams. You need to do more homework than assigned. Not too bad, overall, though.

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
54 62 47 40 70

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 64 72 83 87

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 75 100 69 95

Comment: i'm a math major and find it really helpful! he is a cut old man~~

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
39 75 37 0 24

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 80 70 70 85

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 80 50 68 71

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
34 86 49 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 74 50 75 56

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 75 20 60 75

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
47 50 47 50 34

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 71 50 68 92

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 69 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 67 69 58 66

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Good Dude

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
42 42 41 35 40

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
57 75 71 62 65

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
54 54 46 52 37

MATH 54 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 62 44 50 83

MATH 104 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 63 39 65 85

Comment: He is very knowledgeable, but gives difficult midterms and finals.

MATH 104 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 94

MATH 104 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 52 96 86

MATH 110 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 98

Comment: great lecturer

MATH 110 (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 84 91 83 100

Comment: nice guy! genius!!

MATH 121A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 65 55 57 58

Comment: Comes to lecture with just piece of chalk and his brain, no notes at all. Lectures are very clear (he writes out everything because sometimes he can be a little difficult to understand). Homework is sometimes a little long but needed to reinforce concepts since they're is not discussion for that. Also textbook has very few examples so going to lecture was very important. Only had one 50 min midterm worth 35% of grade so doing well on this is critical. I made one stupid mistake which dropped me 10% on this test and ended up taking the class p/np. Course is very useful for upper div physics so highly recommended.

MATH 121A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
55 43 14 44 69

MATH 121A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 74 68 70 100

Comment: I have found that the course material depends on the professor you had, as I have heard other students spend more time within different subjects because their professor appreciated it more. As for Rezakhanlou, I absolutely loved him. I learned a broad range of techniques and found his teaching style to very useful. He spends a lot more time one on one with his students, but it looks like this is unique to upper division math courses though.

MATH 121A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 82 0 32 100

Comment: Professor Rezakhanlou is an amazing professor. He uses no lecture notes, while still ending up with a coherent and well-articulated lecture (and all the math works out!). He writes some of his comments on the board, verbatim. This is a wonderful thing, because it allows the class to catch up and lends more coherence to class notes. He's hilarious, too, in a quiet way. Subject matter in this course is not easy, and since you pretty much only get one pass (with some overlap at the bookends of lectures) at the material, you will really need to study well beyond the homework you do. Exams are much, much harder than the homework, but are at about the level of lecture. Time constraints on the one (!!!) midterm in the class make it a killer. Final is a bit easier, though it's cumulative and still requires a high level of understanding. My advice: leave lots of room in your schedule to study, attend class attentively, and enjoy the wonderful lectures and beautiful math. Just don't get discouraged if you bomb the midterm. Work hard, this class is rewarding.

MATH 121A (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50