Rohini Pande

Dec 2002

If you think this course will cover anything even remotely applicable to the real world you are absolutely wrong. Pande covers a great deal of theory, which she explains with long and painful mathematical proofs, but very little that pertains to real countries or actual situtations. She speaks extremely quickly, hopping around the room running from one end of the board to the other, scribling opaque mathematical equations which remain incomprehensible to the vast majority of the class. She repeats herself often, but in different language, so that you're left unsure of what the heck you're supposed to be writing or thinking. The surly TA does little to reduce students' confusion during optional recitations. On the upside, because it is a SIPA class, the curve is extremely generous.