Review Comment

[APMA E6301] Analytic Methods for PDE

July 11, 2012

Weinstein, Michael
[APMA E6301] Analytic Methods for PDE

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A spectacular professor. I am writing this having taken his graduate Analytic Methods for PDE course, but there is no doubt that the things that made this class great are things that would make any class of his great. He is really committed to his class, providing typed up lecture notes before each lecture so that we didn't have to worry about scribbling furiously all class (and accordingly not learning anything). He would upload supplementary materials to elaborate on things that were discussed in class, and he was INCREDIBLY helpful during his office hours.

As an undergrad taking this class, there was a significant amount of material that I was not up to speed with. He would spend as much time as necessary with me in his office teaching me things not immediately related to class just to help me catch up. Simply put, you get out of this class (and presumably his other classes too) what you put in (as is the case with all classes), but he really does everything he can to help you get the most out of it.

He is a quiet lecturer so if you take a 9:10 class with him you might be tempted to doze, but if you bring in some coffee with you you'll find that his lectures are pure gold. He makes seemingly difficult concepts very lucid and intuitive—something that is unfortunately lacking in the math departments at Columbia (pure and applied). If it weren't for direct conflicts with other required courses, I would have taken every class this guy taught, as you should.

Workload:

This was a grad course, so there was only about 5 psets throughout the semester with a monster of a take-home pset as the final. If you start them early and bring questions to his office, though, you'll do just fine and get that A that you want.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's 2013 Spring M / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Michael Weinstein 2012 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Michael Weinstein 2011 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Guillaume Bal 2010 Spring M / 10:30- 1:00 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Michael Weinstein 2009 Spring M / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Michael Weinstein 2005 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
APAM / APMA APAM APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Pde's Michael Weinstein 2004 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1