professor
Anton Dzhamay

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Apr 2005

One of the best math teachers I've ever had. His lectures are easy to pay attention to and are clear and add to the information covered in the book. He is always willing to answer questions and easy to understand. That being said if you are looking for an easy A don't take this class. The homework isn't bad, and the material is alright, but the midterms are impossible. I could do all the homework and problem sets, and even the practice midterm, but the test questions were much harder. He posts practice midterms which are hard, but doable, but the real exams are much more difficult than the practice exams. I've seen tests from other Calc 4 classes and they're rediculously easy. Want a challenging course with a great teacher take Anton, want a good grade take someone else. I've never gotten a grade below an A in a math course and I thought Calc 3 was ridicuously easy, but I'm going to be lucky to get a B in this class.

Jan 2005

He's a really nice guy and really cares. He sets a lot of extra time to help review for the final and is really helpful out of class as well. That being said, he can't teach. He gives plenty of examples and really tries, but they're just not explained well enough. Or, in some cases, they are explained well, but he uses different notation from the textbook and then you can't understand the textbook. However, the textbook is incredibly bad- I swear the publishers tried to save paper by limiting the number of well-explained examples in the textbook (you can even see, the textbook is way smaller and thinner than most even though it still costs you like 80 bucks). We didn't even finish what we were supposed to cover, and, without a good textbook to back up what we "learned" in class, this was nearly a complete waste of time.

Jan 2005

I absolutely love this guy. He is very comprehensive and, while he does tend to go at very fast speeds, you do walk away from his class feeling like you've learned. Before each test, he gave a sample test and held a review session. He is always available via email and he clearly cares a lot about his students. He has a pretty good sense of humor and he's just a great guy. Regarding the lectures, he is a fast lecturer, so it is easy to get lost sometimes. But he is always responsive to questions, you don't have to worry about that. If you need him to slow down and go over something, he will; however, I did find that his lectures, as a whole, weren't too confusing after reviewing the notes for the day. He does pack a whole lot into each lecture though.

Jan 2005

Well, Professor Dzhamay is definitley one of the nicest professors you will ever meet. He is dedicated to helping his students understand math, often giving extra help outside of class (even in his office at night if he is there - he has definitley helped us at 10PM just because he was already there). However, there is a definite downside to his class. His problem sets are quite involved and difficult, getting much harder as the semester progresses. He explains the material well and you think you understand it, until you try to do the homework. Often the TAs in the helproom cannot get the questions right. The midterms were extremely long, and downright insanely difficult usually with a low mean and a fairly crappy curve. The final was cumulative, and was so hard that it would make you think you hadnt learned anything. Linear Algebra itself is not a hard subject, but his course is very demanding and it makes it very difficult. As a person he is great, but the exams are just too ridiculous for my taste. Do not take a class with him if you are looking for an easy decent grade, because you will get violated. If you take his class, you will learn the material very comprehensively and will be able to use it in any other field that you would need it for, but your grade will not reflect how much you actually learn.

Dec 2004

This is the most caring professor I have encountered at Columbia. As previously stated, he starts each lecture asking if anyone has a question. He has office hours, but he will really help you anytime. I emailed him constantly and he responded at all sorts of weird hours. One thing is that he is a lot harder than the other linear algebra professors, definitely not an easy A at all. However, if you want to learn take this class. A lot of people were scared away. We started with 50+ students and ended with 27. The homeworks are graded relatively harshly and can take a long time (anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours per weel...maybe not soooo long). I'd definitely say take a class with him, he is not one to avoid. His marking I do not feel was harsh at all. His tests are all impossible, but he definitely seems to take that into account when making up the marks.

Dec 2004

Anton is a great person, very approachable, very concerned with his students. He is very good with office hours and very responsive to emails. BUT I don't know how much all his attention can help unless you're already familiar with the material or are really passionate about what you are learning. His hw and tests are very hard. He always holds extra review sessions before exams and provides practice problems. His final was hands down the hardest exam I've ever took (other students agreed and you know we all take hard exams at Columbia). He always answers questions, but sometimes his answers create more questions.He's a great guy , but you definitely need put the extra work in his class.

Dec 2004

A good professor, but not the best teacher. Prof. Dzhamay is approachable, nice, and genuinely excited about the material. However, he either covers the concepts through general theory or examples so specific that it is difficult to apply them--nothing in between. The tests are ridiculously hard and long, but generously curved.

Nov 2004

Anton Dzhamay is an incredible professor. He is one of the few professors I have seen who actually cares about his students and whether or not they really understand things. He begins every class with "does anybody have any questions?" The first week may seem intimidating because it seems like he is teaching too fast and he is hard to understand, but once you get a good grasp of his accent, it is easy to follow him. Also, he makes visualizing tough concepts easy by showing pictures on the computer.

Nov 2004

Don't be intimidated by his foreign last name and appearence. He is an absolutely amazing person who can speak close to perfect English(just a slight accent). He might go at incredible speeds at times, but if you ask him to slow down and explain something, he'll do it immediately or get back to you later. He teaches the material well and prepares everyone for the exam. Sometimes Calc III gets confusing with visualizing all those 3D 4D diagrams, but he is extremely proficient with maple, thus enabling him to plot the graphs on screen and show it to the class. He's also a pretty easy grader, if you make an effort in the class, you'll get a respectable grade.