Brown University MA6, Spring 1991, Student Reviews:

Analytic Geometry and Calculus


Total Enrollment: 15 Respondents: 12
Frosh: 9 Sophs: 3 Jrs: 0 Srs: 1 Others: 2
Concentrators: 0 Non-Concentrators: 11 Don't Know: 4
Course Format: lecture

Comments:

Mathematics 6 "Analytic Geometry and Calculus," is the second half of the Math 5-6 sequence. The material covered includes trig. functions, inverse trig. functions, and an introduction to basic calculus (differentials [sic]). The course, which is mandatory S/NC, is intended primarily for those students whose math background is not as solid as ... assumed by Math 9.

Without a doubt, Professor [sic] Towser [sic] was the best aspect of the course. The students unanimously praised him for his enthusiasm and helpfulness. Furthermore, Professor [Towse] showed a genuine concern for the class. He was always willing to explain materials over again even though he had already [gone] over them a few times. Thus, Prof. [Towse] was able to remove some of the anxiety felt by some of the students who had doubts about their math skills. As an indication of Prof. [Towse]'s teaching ability, the students stated that because of him, getting up for the 9AM class was very worthwhile. In all, Prof. [Towse] is definitely among the best math professors at Brown.

The class met 3 times a week and there were no sections. There were weekly homework sets, which although challenging, were necessary for the student to excel in the class. The grade was based on 2 quizzes, 2 mid-terms, and a final. The average time spent for the class was around 6 hours [per week]. In all, the students responded well to the work load and think it is rather appropriate.

Due to Prof. [Towse]'s excellent efforts, a majority of the class stated that they learned a lot from the course. The fact that Prof. [Towse] was able to remove anxiety from the students contributed heavily to that. In all, the course scored well in the intellectual satisfaction aspect, especially for a math class. There were no general complaints about the class or the professor.

In conclusion, Math 6 is an excellent course for those who need a less rigorous introducion to math. Professor [Towse] is simply excellent and the students were able to learn more material than they had expected.

 

Ratings: 1(best/agree) through 5 (worst/disagree)

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Instructor

Stimulation of my interest in subject

7

5

Enthusiasm about subject

12

Facilitated understanding of material

10

2

Was aware of level of understanding

8

3

1

Organization and preparedness

8

4

Overall

11

1

Writing Assignments

Were of reasonable length

9

2

1

Were clearly stated

10

1

1

Grader's comments were helpful

7

3

1

1

Homework sets were helpful

9

3

Examinations

Were challenging

5

6

1

Covered what I expected them to cover

8

3

1

Quizzes were helpful

6

3

2

1

General Information

This course was challenging

4

4

4

I learned a lot from this course

8

3

1

I will take more courses in department

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5

2

1

3

I loved this course

5

5

2