MATH 31B

Integration and Infinite Series

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Jesse Burke See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Burke was pretty nervous the first two weeks of class, but he did get a lot better the following weeks. Sometimes he got nervous when students asked him questions in class, but he always did follow up with an email of the correct answer when he wasn't sure. He went too fast most of the time, so I didn't learn much from lecture. I just mostly showed up to see what was being taught so I could learn it on my own with patrickjmt videos on youtube. I did some of my learning from TA office hours and review sessions also. Burke did sincerely cared that students understood the concepts in class and he wanted to help also. I never went to his office hours because of schedule conflicts, but I heard he was more helpful there with a small group rather than a 200 people lecture hall.

Quizzes were given in discussion, which were exactly the same as problems from the hw, but he gave out a lot of hw problems every day. I thought his midterms and final were pretty reasonable. The average was always around 65% for midterms and around 70% for the final.

I would recommend this class with Burke to those who don't mind putting extra effort out to understand concepts taught but also want the benefit of taking reasonable tests.

March 25, 2014
Francesc Castella See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.8 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.6

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Great Professor, very fluent with the material. Helpful and answers doubts in class. He has a heavy accent though but you'll get used to that in a lecture or two. All in all great, definitely recommend him

April 28, 2015
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Will Conley See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.8

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The best professor I've ever had. He is dedicated to answering your every question and his explanations are PERFECT. He sacrifices late hours to helping his students. Truly a top-notch educator. I wish he could teach all of my math classes.

Winter Quarter 2019
Robert Denomme See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Denomme is a new professor and very young. I took this class after not even looking at calculus since junior year of high school and not taking 31a since I passed out of it, so the class was personally annoying for me because I had to simultaneously teach myself 31a. As a professor I think he is very helpful. The class grading is as follows
Homework: 15%
Midterm 1: 25%
Midterm 2: 25%
Final: 35%
It is a bit annoying that his homework is worth so much. My TA was actually very helpful during discussion, but I can't speak about other TA's. Before each exam Denomme posts a very helpful study guide that sums up the notes needed. The study guide is only a supplement though, so I would still go to lectures because he gives hints about exams. He also posts a practice exam that is somewhat helpful, but kind of easier than the tests so not really helpful.
I'm pretty sure it was his first time teaching this class, so no previous exams were available, but I'm sure exams should be posted in the test bank after this class, so go and check. All his exams were free response with not multiple choice. The midterms were around 5-6 questions, and the final was 8 questions. The first midterm was pretty easy, and it was the Wednesday of week 4. The second midterm was a lot harder (he had to give at 23% curve), and it was the Friday of week 8. Don't go into the second exam thinking it's okay if you do bad because he will curve it. Again it was his first time teaching this class, so he very well might change it. The grades to the final exam have not been released, so I can't tell you how it was. It was definitely easier than the second midterm. I think he is fair. Not easy, but not too hard. I ended the class with a B, but it is the only B I ever received, and as I stated previously I had not taken calculus since my Junior year in high school. The low grade was my fault, and I'm not mad at the professor. I'm sure my grade would have been lower with some of the other professors offered.

Winter Quarter 2016
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Jens Eberhardt See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.4

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Very nice guy with multiple choice tests which were easy. Topics were pretty daunting for a first-quarter student, but he made them manageable and was helpful if you went to see him. Honestly I didn't know how to study for this class since I'm bad at math, but his notes during class were decent and the practice midterms/final closely resemble what you'll see. He's a great guy so if you have the chance take it with Jens. Maybe you'll hear him speak German or draw his hands on the board.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.7

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R Fernandez See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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Alright so professor Fernandez is probably the nicest, sweetest and the most caring professor. He really will help you out with whatever question or concern you may have. Even if he needs to stay a few extra hours in his office. Plus he is very goofy too =). His tests are pretty fair, not super hard. And he gives you options when calculating your final grade (either count one midterm out of the two and have the final be a bigger percentage of your grade, or if you did good on both of the midterms, you could just count both and have the final be only 40%, otherwise it wouldve been 60%) The problem is i don't like the way he explains the material, he can't explain it very clearly, most of the time i would not even go to lecture because i just had to teach myself eventually, so i didn't waste my time. He cares though, during lectures if you ask him a question he will explain he won't ignore you at all. hes also very encouraging!! if i had to give his class a rating on a scale of 1-10 i would give it a 9, his teaching skills probably a 7. He isn't bad at all, he's not a nightmare like some professors really could be. Basically don't run away from the guy.

Feb. 26, 2009
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