department
app physics + math

(Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics)
May 2021

Great class. It was very difficult and time-intensive but I learned a lot. You need to be motivated and willing to put in long hours but Dr. Spiegelman is a great professor (go to his OH) and cares a lot about his students. Previous knowledge of linear algebra and ODE is very helpful but he reviews a fair bit. Overall would definitely recommend to all motivated STEM majors looking for a bit of a challenge!

May 2021

Great class. It was very difficult and time-intensive but I learned a lot. You need to be motivated and willing to put in long hours but Dr. Spiegelman is a great professor (go to his OH) and cares a lot about his students. Previous knowledge of linear algebra and ODE is very helpful but he reviews a fair bit. Overall would definitely recommend to all motivated STEM majors looking for a bit of a challenge!

May 2021

Great class. It was very difficult and time-intensive but I learned a lot. You need to be motivated and willing to put in long hours but Dr. Spiegelman is a great professor (go to his OH) and cares a lot about his students. Previous knowledge of linear algebra and ODE is very helpful but he reviews a fair bit. Overall would definitely recommend to all motivated STEM majors looking for a bit of a challenge!

May 2021

Professor Amir is the worst professor I met as a student. If you do not need to take his class, don't. I had to take his class due to major requirement, and it was horrible. His lectures were aggressively boring and unclear. I was much better off reading the book. I got an A in the class, but it had nothing to do with his teaching. It was even more of a misfortune to take his class during COVID because he has the hand-writing of an infant. Yes, he basically can't write and spell. Frankly, I hope Amir can switch to something he is good at, as I am sure he knows that he's not good at teaching.

Apr 2021

I am cautioning you to take someone else for Multi. He doesn't explain anything and his whole teaching style is "this theorem works because, it works" and you have to just take his word on it. And he hardly does practice problems to show you how to apply the concept. I would not be able to get through that class if it weren't for the TAs. The homeworks don't even test you on what you actually learned in class, they're more like, "hey so you know how we defined a dot product as multiplying and adding all the components together? What if the dot product actually SUBTRACTED the vectors, got the frobenius norm of the new vector, and rounded it to the nearest prime number??? Use this new definition of 'dot products' and calculate the projection onto a dodecahedral plane even though nothing remotely similar to this was taught in class!" The first exam goes bad for everyone, the second is better but the final still sends a tingle down my spine to this day. The quizzes are extremely straight forward though and even you don't pay attention much you'll do well on these.