All Ratings and Reviews for Panagiotis D Christofides
Professor Christofides is great. His lectures are very clear and well taught. The exams are nothing different than what you see in class and homeworks, which explains why the average for the midterm was 92.
Only cons are that the final project takes up a lot of time and the homeworks require matlab coding.
PDC is the man. Slightly scary and intimidating but he knows what he’s talking about. First half of class is EZ just plug and chug. Second half you have to discretize which is slightly harder but he goes over it a lot so it’s no problemo. I say again he kinda scary so people don’t talk in class. Best bet to do well is just go to discussions where they go over past exams. One of the exact exam questions for final was done in discussion, many on final were similar to discussion questions.
Overall, he a cool man. Gives long breaks which in middle of class which I appreciate. Also, speak up. And don’t talk.
his lectures and homework and the tests are ok, just remember dont ever go to his office hour. He is NOT a nice guy to talk to.
It's very important to go to class. His tests are based only on his lecture notes not the book. Make sure you sit in front of the class so you won't miss anything important and that you actually understand the material he's talking about. Do the homework and pay careful attention to the lecture and you will earn your A.
I don't know why so many students feel his lectures are too difficult to understand. When I took his class, he spent most of the time pausing and asking us to think about what we had just learned before moving on. His main focus was our understanding of the material. Very nice guy. Highly recommend him.
In both the classes that I've taken with this guy, his lectures have been exceptionally understandable and enjoyable. He frequently asks the class for ideas and comments in hopes of trying to increase the understanding of the class. He is definitely one of the better Chemical Engineering professors that you will encounter at the school. I've never been to an office hours with him, but thats mostly because I walk away from lecture knowing 90% of what he talked about. His exams are straight from homework, and his homeworks come straight from lecture. Not hard.
He has his midterms whenever he goes out of town. The number of midterms depends on the number of trips. He was gone for the week before the final and was out of contact until the middle of the test (skipping his own office hours over the weekend). Nice guy I guess, but he does't really care.
if you go to lectures.. you'll do fine in the class. the homework and exams are based on lectures and he won't test you on anything that isn't in your notes. the material isn't that difficult and even if you don't understand it all, you get pages of cheat sheets for the test.
Taking a class with Christofides is an excersize in self-learning. He is difficult to follow in class, and it is best to just do the homework and teach yourself the material. If the TA is good, make sure to go to discussion, as this may be the only lecture worth going to.
It started off well, but as the material gets more advanced, his lecture becomes nonsensical. Stir up some humour occassionally, lenient grader (cheat sheet allowed), average for midterm was 80%!. Flexible in terms of handing in homework. Just the lectures that's hard to understand.
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