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Guillaume Remy

Jan 2021

DO NOT take this class unless you have an incredibly high attention span and are willing and enthusiastic about teaching yourself two semesters of Calculus in a single semester. This is a difficult course, and the professor puts in no effort to ensure students aren't struggling or make classes engaging at all. He's even terrible in office hours. One time, I went and asked him to demonstrate a particular type of problem to me because I was really struggling with it— and he essentially told me that that problem was "too much effort" and that he just wouldn't do it. Lectures involved him drawing notes out on his iPad while slowly reading things out from the textbook without so much as trying to explain things in a comprehensible way at all. I had to P/D/F this course, and it basically dissuaded me from being a math major— and I barely barely just passed. Also, if you are taking this class over Zoom: all exams are at a fixed time and he makes no accommodations for time zone differences. So good luck taking your 3-hour timed final from 9:30pm to 12: 30 am— if you don't live in the US.

Jan 2021

TL;DR - Recommend if you’re already familiar with multivariable. If this is completely new, you might struggle. I heard a lot of people complaining about this guy, and I have to say he’s not the best instructor out there. His notes and examples are pretty much directly from the book, so his lectures aren’t particularly helpful. Also, he’d sometimes ignore questions, maybe he has his audio off or something because he responds to questions sent in the chat. When he does answer the questions though, he will try to explain them thoroughly. Taking this class online definitely made the material harder to understand but I’m not confident it would’ve been much better in person. Overall, I can see that he’s trying his best to teach the material well, but he doesn’t do a great job especially considering the fast pace of the class. You’ll likely end up teaching yourself a decent amount of material from the book. The PSets were pretty standard, but the TAs grading them were pretty harsh. Midterms and final had questions ranging from similar to slightly harder than the homework. I believe the averages were around mid 70, mid 60, and mid 70. The challenge wasn’t the difficulty of the problems, but rather finishing the exam in time. I did pretty well, but only because I already knew most of the material coming in. If you’re like me, this class will be fine. However, if you’re coming from Calc 2 or AP Calculus BC, it may be challenging teaching yourself this much material this quickly.