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Intro to Math Programming

December 16, 2010

Chudnovsky, Maria
Intro to Math Programming

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Chudnovsky was not as bad as I thought she was going to be. Granted her lectures were only mildly useful (she's not very good at teaching and she usually makes mistakes), the course itself is very easy and if you take the time to understand it, you will do well. The best thing to do is to do the homework every week and become well-acquainted with the techniques. The textbook is just as useless as Chudnovsky is by the way so your success in the class basically depends the quality of your TAs. We had one really great TA so those of us who went to her office hours every week did fine.

This was the end curve:
X>97 A+
90t need to study much in the end.

2. DO NOT MAKE SILLY MISTAKES ON THE EXAMS. The exam averages are usually pretty high and a lot of people score in the 90s. If you make a silly mistake, its probably going to cost you 15 points. Ridiculous.

3. Go to office hours.

Workload:

10 - 11 homeworks, only 4 or 5 problems each, very simple and a good representation of the basic concepts you need to know
2 midterms, fair
final, fair / mildly challenging

January 20, 2009

Chudnovsky, Maria
Intro to Math Programming

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I'm going to cut right to the chase, and tell you that this is not so much a review as a warning.

Maria is not good person. In fact, I felt myself becoming religious for the wrong reasons: I wanted her to rot in hell and suffer an eternity of some kind of torment.

Here's the thing. Her exams are extremely easy if you study the material at all. However, the course is curved around something, so you expect that something fishy is going to happen. Something very fishy happens. Her TA's begin taking points of for extremely silly things. Oh, did you not detail every tiny step you took to get to the answer? 5 points off. Oh, you didn't name the method you are using to answer the question, even though it's bloody obvious what you're doing? Take 5 more.

See my point? The class is curved around how good you are at predicting what random thing they are going to take points off for next. If you are reading this review before taking her class, then you are lucky. You can simply avoid this non-sense by writing down every tiny detail, just to be on the safe side.

If you do talk to her, as I've heard many people have done, you will not get the slightest sympathy. Not that I expect any, since I understand she cares nothing about what I think. But there's something cold about the way she talks and looks at you, that reminds me particularly of a venomous snake. Anyway, I digress. Just don't bother talking to her or her TA. He's this snooty French guy, who despises you stupid Americans.

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