January 29, 2007

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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I agree as a whole with the previous reviews, he doesnt follow the book's methods, he gets very insecure when people make noise in class, he changed his policy to collect homework at the beginning of class when he noticed some students doing hw during class, he attempts to cover up this inherently nature by cracking jokes, but personality issues aside, he is inconsiderate of his students, for the final he did not allow the TA to send out an email copy of the practice solutions, instead he placed 60 physical copies in the TAs office when there are 120 students in the class, he tries to weed out kids on purpose, and regardless of his intellegence and ability to teach he makes the learning experience an extremely unpleasant one, and his jokes are made in a futile attempt to mask his inconsiderate and slightly spiteful nature. for shame.

Workload:

weekly problem sets, two midterms and a final, not too bad

November 19, 2006

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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Cliff Stein is the worst teacher i have ever had. He gets a kick out of messing with his students by doing things such as posting solutions that are done using methods that he did not teach in class as opposed to the ones he did teach. Another thing to note is that he purposely teaches everything in a manner different than the way the book does it. This wouldnt be so bad if he did everything the book way, but the problem arises because his answers that he posts online are done using the book method, even though he said his way is better and more intuitive. His lecture notes are also full of errors that he keeps saying he will fix but never does. The only reason he does not just fail everybody straight up is because that would make him look bad, so instead he tries to dick over his students behind the scenes.

December 24, 2005

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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Good lecturer (speaks English, makes corny jokes), but watch out because he can be strict! If you come late don't you dare hand in the problem set by interrupting his class. Stay out of his way when he's mad, but ask good questions otherwise, and he'll like you. For a good joke, count how many times he says "okay" in 10 minutes. It's after ever sentence, and usually a few times in the middle of each sentence as well. I counted 240 once, and had a muffled laugh after each one.

Workload:

Weekly, relevant problem sets, two midterms & one final that aren't so bad.

January 06, 2005

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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Prof. Stein is great in lecture, but he cares about class policy so much that he seems resent the students themselves. Despite this, the course itself is great. Some students found that the fact that Prof. Stein, the T.A.'s, and the book all did the problems a little differently confusing, but I like that I could choose the method I was most comfortable with. Although I feel this course would have been a much happier experience if Prof. Stien got over himself, the course itself was great.

Workload:

P-Sets can be a little long, tough, and tedious, but they are definitly doable. Exams are not bad at all.

December 26, 2004

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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Great class. Lectures were very well prepared and interesting. Professor Stein is very clear and will stop to clarify things if you're confused.

Workload:

weekly HW, 2 midterms that are pretty easy, final that is pretty difficult

November 16, 2004

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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I wish I had met the Cliff Stein that all the other reviewers keep talking about. The only thing I agree with is he does seem very annoyed by students. While he may speak English fluently, he races through the material and does everything differently to the book. He schedules his office hours early in the morning, so that nobody shows and if you do show, he doesn't really help you much. The sad part is, you will not get a choice of professors for this class, so you are stuck with him. Best advice I can give, is start the hw early and use the TAs.

Workload:

Tough weekly homeworks, 2 midterms, cumulative final.

December 13, 2002

Stein, Clifford
math programming

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he is a nice professor who makes funny, some times sarcastic jokes in class. always smiles when explaining. he is quite cool in general. the course isnt that bad in general but the prob is that it gets quite difficult quite fast. you probably wont have a choice to pick this course or prof as you got to take this course in this dept. and there is usually only one section offered. the key to do good at this section is that you got to do all the homework by urself!! group work is encouraged/allowed by the prof. but make sure you dont start the night before and end up copying from your frriend. go to all his classes. he gives stuff on the finals and midterms from his lectures. he also gave us this "secret code" to students who go to his classes regularly. needless to ask, he gave that in the midterm as one of the questions. u got to be very regular if u wanna do good in this class. read weekly materials at home before doing Psets.

Workload:

3 quizzes, will drop the lowest. they are quite easy if you are just barely following the class. weekly PS which are not that bad although can be long and tedious. read the book/his notes before doing the PS. midterms are a bit hard but the final was OK if you have been regular in this course. he also tests how deep your knowledge is in this course, so dont just limit urself to understadning formulas or simple examples. try to dig in...

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