The University of Texas at Austin (UT)
BenZvi, David
Mathematics Department
David BenZvi Teaches the Following Courses
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M 408L Integral Calculus
3 class times for Spring 2014 
Average grades given in the course: 
13 Recommended 
M 408K Differential Calculus
No classes this semester 
Average grades given in the course: 
2 Recommended 
M 397S Seminar In Math Biology
No classes this semester 
Average grades given in the course: 
0 Recommended 
M 392C Tpc Simplicial Homotopy Thry
No classes this semester 
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0 Recommended 
M 390C Spectral Gap & Expander Graphs
No classes this semester 
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0 Recommended 
M 341 Linear Algebra And Matrix Thry
No classes this semester 
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0 Recommended 
M 382D Differential Topology
No classes this semester 
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0 Recommended 
M 380C Algebra
No classes this semester 
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0 Recommended 
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David BenZvi's Recommendations
M 408L Integral Calculus
Professor Benzvi is the best math teacher I have ever had. He knows his material front and back and knows how to explain it well. He is funny in lectures, which can be a real reprieve from monotonous calculus work, and really prepared me for all the homework and exams. He breaks concepts down in a way that is really easy to understand and truly cares about how the students are doing on assignments. Taking notes is really easy in his classes. He is He is also a very approachable and friendly man. And since he is so smart, it is really to your benefit to see him in office hours, where he is more than happy to explain anything. His attendance was stunning: he only missed one class, and instead of cancelling it he had a really knowledgable professor teach the material that day. Great professor, great class! 

David BenZvi
His name may appear like a foreigner's but he is very fluent in English. He speaks very loudly and clearly. He teaches at a speedy pace also. So be prepared to work. There is a homework due every wednesday in class and he does not accept late homework. You will have two discussion times with your TA. Your satisfaction of the course will depend on your interaction with the TA. Once a week you'll also have a quiz over the material covered the week before. The quizes aren't extremely difficult and there are 10 quizes in all. There are 3 midterms and 1 Final, given during finals week. The three midterms were less than 10 questions each. And he tests you over the concept. He does give partial credit and will curve IF necessary. Going to his office hours are extremely helpful. If you get to know him better, he will be more likely to curve your grade. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
WARNING FOR M408L: All these classes are standardized, all the classes are all put on the same curve, get the same homework, and do the same tests... so the only factor for your grade is the teaching quality of your professor and TA, and your own dedication and ability.Having said that BenZvi was a great professor in my opinion and did his best to make sure all the materials were taught well. I don't know whether it was because the most ambitious students got into his class (pickaprof shows his grades being astronomical) or his own ability, but out of six or seven calculus classes... ours was the 2nd highest in average grade.Note: For Fall '06 the curve was anyone with an 80+ got an A, 70+ got a BC, and 55+ got a C. Roughly 44% got an A, 10% got a B, and the rest got C's, D's, or F's. 

David BenZvi
Well first off, I am not that good at Math. I dropped two other 408C professors halfway through the semester because I was doing so badly. But BenZvi, although a fastpaced lecturer, is very thorough. He will not surprise you with something on the midterms. He goes over a lot of theory in lectures, but he uses it only as a background technique. He doesn't test you on theory on tests, only examples similar to ones you've worked in class or in homework. There were a few instances that an example done in class showed up exactly like that on the test. He also wants everyone to do well...he always asks if everyone understands the concepts before moving on. As a plus, Susie the TA is awesome. I wouldn't have made a B without her help in discussion sections. And yes, the final was REALLY hard, but he counts it as two midterms. For example, the final was worth 200 points, but I only made 98 out of 200 points (yes, that hard). But he dropped the lowest half like it was my lowest test score, so I ended up having a 98 as a test grade. I say, take this class! 

M 408L Integral Calculus
While all of the calculus courses are standardized Benzvi was a great teacher imo. Our class average was normally higher than the others and I think it was because of his teaching style. He would do a lot of examples, and always made sure people understood them. The TA sessions are essential because the homework could be nearly impossible. We would work out every problem in discussion making homework no problem. For all the people whining about how hard it was... it's calculus, it's going to be hard. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
You can tell he is really passionate about what he does and that he loves it. He is a good teacher and I enjoyed taking his class. Go to the builtin TA sessions, though. They helped a lot and we got to basically do majority of the homework problems each week. 

David BenZvi
He teaches at a good rate. He really does a good job of making sure you learn the material. He usually curves his tests, unless the average is 90. I had an excellent TA who helped us learn the material even better. Overall, the best math professor I have had. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
He was very thorough and provided many examples. The class is standardized across the sections, so he wasn't responsible for homework or tests. Didn't require attendance (actually told us not to come if we didn't find it helpful). 

M 408L Integral Calculus
Very strong lecturer. He explains everything at a steady pace and if you take notes and read over the textbook you should be fine with the homework. There are 14 homeworks but he drops the lowest 3. There are 3 midterms and a final, all multiple choice. If you study they are easy. Benzvi's class always got either the highest or second highest score on the exams. He is very nice and cares about his students progress. The curve at the end is outrageous. An 80% or above was an A. I ended up with a 108% in the class. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
He's a pretty good teacher. The TA sessions really help. Alex Kahle, the TA, helped a lot on the homeworks. All the M408L classes are curved together at the end of the semester. For our semester, there was a 10 point curve. All the homeworks and tests are multiple choice. 

M 408K Differential Calculus
BenZvi was great. I was very scared to take calculus because of all the horrible reviews of seemingly every professor, but I really liked him. He is very timid in lecture but was such a great lecturer. He makes calculus concepts make a lot of sense. Everything in this class is voluntary, including lecture and ta sessions. He says this on the first day. However, both lecture and TA sessions are critical to getting a good grade. If you show up and take notes, you should do fine. My recommendation before the tests is to go back over every one of the homework problems and make sure you know how to do them really well. The exams are EXACTLY like the homework. If you understand all the problems on the homework and know your basic trig you will do fine in this class. Also TA sessions and reviews just go over the homework and explain how to do it. Helped me out tons. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
Professor BenZvi is an extremely knowledgeable guy who genuinely cares about the progress of his students. He takes the time during and outside of class to make sure that everyone understands the material, and he is super helpful during his office hours!! He is also an incredibly nice guy and is not the least bit rude or condescending. Some people say that his stutter gets in the way of their learning BUT IT IS NOT BAD AT ALL. Dr. BenZvi was my favorite teacher last semester and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone and everyone!! Homework load: 1  15 to 20 question assignment a week on Quest (10% of grade), Tests: 3 exams and 1 final (the rest of your grade) 

M 408L Integral Calculus
BenZvi is a really nice guy. He will go out of his way to help you office hours are very helpful. His class routinely has the highest exam averages. There is a reason for that. He has a way of explaining things in very understandable terms that is wonderful. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
BenZvi is a really nice guy. Sometimes he gets a little flustered/frantic, but he knows the material pretty well and is always willing to help you understand it better. The class is quest based, so doing the homework and paying attention in class is a fair guarantee that you're ready for the exams. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
One of the better Calculus professors, but it doesn't really matter what section you take: they're all identical. If you don't like one professor, go to another one. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
He is probably the best professor that teaches the course. Our class repeatedly had the highest overall averages. The tests are standard for the department so his statistics prove he is the best He teaches slowly and makes sure people understand, and he is very easy to approach. His office hours are extremely helpful if you are having trouble. 

M 408L Integral Calculus
Very approachable. Open to questions, especially during office hours. Taught significantly better than Radin (who was his sub for a day) Moves at a reasonable pace. Inserts jokes into explanations thus making lecture more entertaining 

M 408K Differential Calculus
BenZvi is a fantastic professor! He really wants his students to learn the material & makes sure everyone is on the same page. He is a sweet man & welcomes his students to office hours all the time. I definitely recommend to go to his class, but he tires to make his office hours available to everyone so if there are any questions or concerns, he is able to help. 

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