Review Comment

[APMA 4001] Principles of Applied Mathematics

April 28, 2005

Casti, Alexander
[APMA 4001] Principles of Applied Mathematics

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Imagine a blond Ben Stiller (same idiotic sense of humor by the way) trying to teach you the higher points of Linear Algebra. You might have already gotten the feeling that this little story will not have a happy end, and I would say that you are at least partly correct.

Professor Casti thinks he is funny; and most of the time, that's a problem. He's the type of smart-a** who just can't help to make stupid puns and jokes throughout the lecture. The upside to this is, of course, that now and then, he actually scores on his humor, which in turn lightens up the mood of the class a little.

That aside, his teaching is relatively average. Instead of actually explaining the key concepts presented in an understandable way, he likes to ride his theorems and proofs. Being the fluff that he is, he tends to make quite a few errors during the lectures and he is relatively sloppy with his notation, which at times can be somewhat annoying and potentially confusing. When it comes to notes, this is also the type of professor who likes quantity over quality, so expect to be writing for 150 minutes straight during his class. Since he follows the required book (Sadun) almost to the dot, there is little else to turn to if you can't grasp a concept in its entirety. To make matters worse, the book is pretty pathetic.

So, to make a long story short:
• Professor: B

• Book: C

• Overall Class: B

Professor Casti is adjunct faculty, so he's pretty hard to get a hold of outside the classroom. However, he did hold a review session for both the midterm and the final, so that was a fair move on his part.
Homeworks are sporadically assigned throughout the semester, seven in total. Generally, I would say that they are of moderate difficulty, but very generously graded by the TA. So, start early on them, and youÂ’ll do just fine.

Workload:


• 8 Homework Sets, generally assigned every 2 weeks; a bit sproadic in nature. They are moderate in difficulty but graded quite leniently, so start early, and you'll be fine.

• 1 Midterm/1 Final - closed book, no calculator, just paper and pencil. Grading is fair, but the curve is pretty high overall, so study or die!

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Ronald Schmitt 2013 Spring R / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Vincent Duchene 2012 Spring R / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Pierre Gentine 2011 Spring R / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Jeremy Marzuola 2010 Spring R / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Oksana Katsuro-Hopkins 2009 Spring R / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Alexander Casti 2005 Spring T / 6:50- 9:20 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Alexander Casti 2004 Spring T / 6:50- 9:20 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Alexander Casti 2003 Spring T / 6:50- 9:20 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Math Alexander Casti 2002 Spring T / 9:30-12:00 PM 1