MATH 151A

Applied Numerical Methods

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Christopher Anderson Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Yat Chow See Full Profile

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He is super easy. But his lecture is super unclear too.

Fall Quarter 2015
Shouxin Dai Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
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Shay Deutsch See Full Profile

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Okay. I'll speak from personal experience here. This is for 151B by the way. In a nutshell, Deutsch's lectures aren't the best, but the graded classwork and exams are very manageable. Lecture-wise, his handwriting was hard to read, and he would repeat what he writes without giving much context. Thus, it's super hard to digest the information, especially with the very algorithmic and computational nature expected of the material in 151B. However, if you need to take the class, what I advise is to truly take some time to sit through and understand the corresponding sections in the book deeply. His tests do not have unreasonably hard curveball questions, so you should end up thoroughly knowing how to do the easier derivations and how each method works, as well as advantages/disadvantages. I mean, I could tell that he's a nice professor too, as he offered to drop one of our midterms later in the quarter and curved pretty generously at >=85% being at least an A- (probably because the final had a median of 70, but in my opinion, it was pretty fair). All in all, unclear lectures, but manageable work and tests.

Spring Quarter 2018
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Jason Devita See Full Profile

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I highly recommend Professor DeVita! He is a pretty young guy, especially compared to others in the math dept, so he can relate to undergrads. Upper-divs can be a great or horrible experience, depending on the professor. With DeVita you will get effective lectures that go by the book, concise homework, and very fair exams (open book/notes!!).

I was in 151A the term before with Fattorhini, so I can directly compare their teaching styles. Even though Fattorhini was very friendly and wanted us to learn, it was clear that he cared more about theory than the application or large-scale computing. Even though it was supposed to be numerical ANALYSIS, that professor focused on proofs and barely touched coding. The difference with DeVita was night-and-day; he approached the same topics with a focus on application and encouraged use of programs like Matlab.

The pace was great for an intro class.. he started with the basics of using a programming language and familiar processes like bisection method. Lectures were very clear and involved both derivations and examples.. no sweat if you missed lecture, because it was clear which section in the book to read. My favorite thing about Professor DeVita was his awareness of industry application. A lot of math professors forget that most undergrads are more interested in industry than academia. Professor DeVita spent just as much time discussing effective coding (minimizing computational error, using binary, etc) as he did on theorem proofs.

I look forward to taking 151B with him next quarter :)

Dec. 13, 2008
Samy Fung See Full Profile

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The workload is reasonable. The difficulty level is fair. This course had four homework assignments, one midterm, and a final. The lectures were a bit boring, as the Professor only focused on teaching new things and writing notes very fast.

Spring Quarter 2020
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Asgar Jamneshan See Full Profile

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Frankly speaking 151A are in general fairly easy, and are supposed to be useful. Unfortunately, we are behind the schedule almost since day one, and this professor never modify the schedule and homework accordingly. This means that from probably week2 and on you need to figure out almost everything on your own to solve the homework problems, because by the deadline, you probably haven't learn anything about these in class. Note that the homework score is about 35% percent of your total score and if you screwed up your homework you screwed up everything... The exam are not that hard, but the hard part of the exam are actually not related to the course material itself, it is more of like testing your general math ability which is kind of unfair, cuz these scores will not 100% reflect your actual actual performance in this class. He does post lecture note, and his lecture is basically reading and copying these lecture note which an iPad can do. But I guess this is one of the few helpful things. In short, my experience with this class is almost like "studying the lecture note by yourself" because you need to finish the homework ahead of the lecture and by the time you sit in the lecture, it's a little waste of time to see him copying everything on to the board.

Winter Quarter 2020
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