# The University of Texas at Austin (UT)

Average grades given in the course:

Introduction to the theory and applications of differential calculus of functions of one variable; topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, and the mean value theorem and its applications. only one of the following may be counted: mathematics 403k, 408c, 408k, 408n. prerequisite: a score of at least 70 on the aleks placement examination. may be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. exams 7-9p tuesdays, february 21, march 27, and may 1. see headnote..M 408K Course Description

Introduction to the theory and applications of differential calculus of functions of one variable; topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, and the mean value theorem and its applications. only one of the following may be counted: mathematics 403k, 408c, 408k, 408n. prerequisite: a score of at least 70 on the aleks placement examination. may be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. exams 7-9p tuesdays, february 21, march 27, and may 1. see headnote..

## Professors Who Teach M 408K

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Diane Radin
No class times this semester |
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18 Recommended
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She really knows how to teach Calculus. I hadn't taken any math since my Junior year in high school (i hated pre-calculus) and I thought I would be struggling for a B in this class but I ended up with a really high A. As long as you go to class, do the homework, and study for the tests you will be fine. Also, I really recommend going over all the homeworks before each test because the test questions are taken directly from the homework. So if you know how to do all of the homework, you'll be fine! |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She speaks English fluently. (Many of my friends with other professors ran into some problems along these lines.)The information is challenging, but she is a very good teacher. An A is definitely attainable if you stay on top of things, especially for the middle test. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
I LOVE THIS LADY! she is a wonderful teacher who knows what shes talking about and can explain it well to the class. i found her extremely funny on top of it all. all i did for this class was do my hw (just 1 a week, and the lowest 3 got dropped), study the hws the night b4 tests, and go to class (including TA sessions bc u simply do the hw probs, even tho i heard shes starting quizzes during TA sessions... so just go!), and i ended up with a solid B. i would disagree with the person who said the hws were harder than the tests. everything is all MC tho, so not too bad. the 2nd test is DEF the hardest tho, so study harder for that one!! she only curves at the end of semester, but u can bet there will be a nice one. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She goes fast, but that is because tests are departmental, and she has to cover all of the material. She is by far the best calculus prof, and I am going to take her for 408L because she is the best. I know people that have different profs, but go to her lecture. I highly reccomend her. She really cares about whether or not her students are grapsing the material. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She clearly explains the material and is very knowledgeable.Only one hw assignment per week.She is VERY intimidating in class, but if you talk to her she's very nice and will help you. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Radin is a strong teacher and has a way of teaching her class in a ver prompt manner. The homework is handleable. The tests pick the hardest questions from the homework, so study the solution sets religously. Radin will try to scare you out of the class for the first half of the semester, and she seems to be rude but in reality is pretty nice. She also gives a decent curve at the end of the semester. An 85 will probably be an A. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Interested in progress of students. Explains material well. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
If you put in the time and effort and go to class and pay attention not only will you see that she knows her stuff but you'll really be able to get the hang of it. She goes over a lot of examples in class and explains the stuff pretty well. Best of all she has a very loud voice and speaks perfect English so you'll have no trouble understanding what she's saying (can't say the same for the T.A.). I never took Calc in high school but still managed a B, but had I taken it I strongly believe I would have got an A, especially with how well Radin taught. Plus do the homeworks and reviews and even some of the book problems and you'll do just fine on the tests if you really understand it. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She speaks super fast, and expects you to understand all your algebra rules and trig identities. The home-works are not too difficult but just like the test, the questions try to trick you. She will tell you just about everyday that you should drop the class if you do not know you algebra and trig identities. She strives to get have you to get a true understanding of how calculus works, not just the way to solve problems. If you took calculus before, the discussion sections are not really necessary. They are optional. If you do want to go to them, I suggest not getting one at 8:00am because you probably won't go. If you do not have a basic understanding of Calculus, I would go to the the TA sessions. I took Calc AB in high school, and did not find this class to difficult. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
VERY GOOD PROFESSOR!!!!! This lady is wonderful. She is a very good lecturer. SHe can be a little condenscending at times in class but overall a very nice lady! Her classes usually do the best on the tests. You won't regret taking her for M408K or M408L. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Good explanations, homework problems very useful, exam problems very similar to homework. Out of the professors i've heard about i think she makes more sense. This class is not so bad but if u never took calculus before like me, it requires a lot of dedication. Exam grades are not curved but there is a curve at the end of the semester, end of semester curves are usually a letter grade so it's pretty useful. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Extremely good teacher! Especially helpful if you know calculus, but I had very little calculus or pre-cal and I made a B. Definitely have to stay on top of homework, but she is an entertaining instructor so it isn't so hard to make it to class. Radin is probably the best 408k prof that isn't restricted to TIP, honors, etc. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She was really nice and funny. She knows the material really well and teaches it really well. She's very fluent in English and talks pretty fast. Writes all the information on the board. Goes through the information rather thoroughly. Goes through the material on the homework. She doesn't take attendance or anything, but it is recommended so you can do the homework. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Tells you clearly what you need to know to prepare for the exams. TA's were helpful. All calc teachers do the same exact work so it is not a big deal on which professor you get since attendance is 100% optional. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Professor Radin is one of the best calculus teachers at UT. She explained things clearly and began as if no one had ever taken calculus before, which was really helpful. If you've taken Calculus in high school, this class won't be too hard. You do have to study, but she curves the final grade by a few points. An A is definitely attainable, just do your homework! The homework is JUST LIKE the test. Same format and very, very similar questions!! I would DEFINITELY recommend Radin, she's probably the best Calc teacher and I took her for 408K and L. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
EXCELLENT professor. Explains Calculus extremely well. I didn't take Pre-Cal and was able to understand everything well (I'm definitely not strng in math) she goes through every process and makes sure you understand, a lot of examples... class is extremely helpful!! study, do your homework and you will do well! |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
By far the best calculus professor! She has a very entertaining accent, btw. I had her in Fall '09. Even if you've never had a calc background, don't be intimidated by her, she's actually very friendly especially if you go to her office hours. She does a lot of examples in class. They're very helpful so go to class! Every once in a while she'll ask you to work out a problem and she'll walk around to see your work. M408K and L are both standardized. There are 3 tests and a final. Homeworks are due every Tuesday early morning and you don't want to be stuck waiting for help at the tutoring center on monday because the place gets packed. The TA sessions are the easiest way to get homework answers. I only went to mine once a week and would go on Thursdays to the free tutoring at jester and get my homework done fairly quickly with minimal wait time for a tutor. I made a B but an A was definitely possible if I had done just a bit better on tests. Also, I had Prof. Allcock for 408L the next semester and he was absolutely terrible at teaching in class and office hours. By all means, do not take his class! We always had the lowest class average. I ended up trying to go to Radin's office hours to get help. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Dr. Radin is the best Calculus teacher there is! You really understand the material most of the time-sometimes she goes a bit to fast so make sure you don't miss a step. Her office hours really help so go if you can. Overall, get into her class if you can. From what I heard about the other professors, you can't go wrong with her. She's also funny which makes the class enjoyable to be in. |
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Gary Hamrick
No class times this semester |
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9 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
One of the more interesting Calculus professors. Math is math so having a specific professor for a lower calc class is not a big deal. He works problems that relate to the homework. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Prof. Hamrick is a funny, lively, old guy, and he'll never put you to sleep; on occasion he'll even do the opposite just so the material doesn't seem as dull. He's very straightforward with the material and most of the lectures consist of example after example of whatever it is we're learning about. This can be useful because the scenarios he gives in class are very close to the ones given in the homework. It's obvious that he enjoys what he does, which is always nice to see from the person teaching the class. There are three exams and a final, all of which are multiple choice and look just like the homework. There are fifteen sets of homework, about 20 questions each due every Tuesday at 3 AM. Prof. Hamrick is very practical in that his lectures focus on material that is only in the homework for that week--sometimes students will bring their homework with them to class and work on it there. It was a good experience overall and I'd recommend Prof. Hamrick to anyone. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Hamrick is nice and very entertaining in class! He is definitely one of the best calc professors! Many students who come to our lecture don't even have him!!! His examples are very clear and bridge well into the home works. As long as you can do every problem on the home works, the tests aren't bad because they are pulled from the same question bank in quest. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Professor Hamrick is a really good professor when it comes to teaching math. The class is straight lecture, but you should definitely ask him to re-explain something to you if you don't understand. The class is 10% homework, 3 exams worth 20% each, and a Final worth 29%. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Professor Hamrick is a funny old man. I found his lectures very enjoyable and beneficial. Unlike some professors, he would always answer questions during class. His lectures were enough to make me feel completely prepared for the test. You have to do the homework. I recommend this prof. Go to a TA session that has a decent TA, because that can make the difference in a A and a B. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Good teacher. He's pretty funny and quirky. He's receptive to questions and willing to help. He'll teach you what you need to know for the quest-created exams. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He is a funny and interesting old man because he will randomly interrupt his lectures with wieid facts and stories. But he is very good at explaining concepts and covering everything clearly. He also waits around a few minutes after every class to answer any questions you might have. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Hamrick is a goofy old guy, but he taught calculus pretty well. Every lecture, there would be a moment where he would say something hilarious (which was often unintended) and it provided some nice comic relief. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Hamrick is enthusiastic and doesn't let you fall asleep in math! He makes Calculus make sense, but not dumbed down. You'll learn everything you need to know and the class isn't too hard as long as you go to class and do your homework. I would definitely recommend him, as this is my 2nd attempt at calculus and it's far better than my first experience with another professor at UT. |
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John Gilbert
No class times this semester |
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8 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
M408k is a hard class in general, so if you have to take it, get Prof. Gilbert. He is considered the best 408k teacher by many students and hes very approachable during office hours and outside of class. Also, the TA sessions are very helpful for homework...all assignments (tests, reviews, homeworks) are from the online Quest system. Tests are very similar to homework problems. 3 tests (60%), homework (10%), and a final (30%) Dr Gilbert picks on kids in class, but he means no harm, hes pretty funny. Also, curve at the end, I had a 85.99, and I received an A. Also, all my friends that had not taken calculus in high school struggled severely, but I was lucky enough to have prior instruction in calculuc |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Great professor if you have to take M 408K. His British accent kept me awake which was good since he is great at explaining the material. He writes most of the tests so he does a good job of emphasizing the material that will appear on the test. The class requires a fair amount of work but if you do all the homework, go to class, and do the practice tests he posts on his website, you should do well in this class. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He is a good teacher and is very willing to work with you if you are having problems. Compared to all the other math profs, he is great. He'll let you take the make-up exam easily. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
A good teacher, he knows his stuff. He's got an english accent, which somehow actually makes his class more interesting. There are department tests, so you can't say his are harder than anyone else's. TA sessions are optional. Homework counts as 10% of your grade, and 3 tests are the rest of it. Never any pop quizes, and he tries his best to make math interesting. Recommended. His grading scale makes a low C a B, and a low B an A. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Very smart individual knows his calculus thats for sure. Makes jokes in class but they aren't all that funny but hey atleast he is trying. He helps you out on the homework and gives out great reviews for the exams, just ask him in lecture and he will put one out before the exam day. Do the homework and the review sheets and you will be fine. I came into the class not taking any math since my senior in high school so it has been a good 3 years and i didn't know squat and by the end of the semester i could figure most of them out so Gilbert does a pretty good job. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He is an EXCELLENT prof. I took M408K and M408M from him and got an A and B. For a borring course he makes it interesting (plus he has a British accent). He teaches the material thoroughly and the HW and exams don't stray from the material tought. I went to class almost every day and his lectures were informative enough to not have to use the book. I took M408M from a different prof and found just how terrible the Math Dept profs can get, as I did horribly since the prof could barely speak English and was poor at teaching the material regardless. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Gilbert. He is also very approachable outside of class and is very understanding/helpful if you are having a problem. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Gilbert is funny and able to explain calculus well. Learned alot and got an A. Gilbert is better for people have have taken calc before, otherwise he can be confusing |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
very good professor, explains everything very well and is always there to help. |
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J Purcell
No class times this semester |
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7 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
Dr. Purcell is an EXCELLENT teacher. In fact, excellent is an understatement. To be short, TAKE HER CLASS IF YOU CAN GET INTO IT. If you need more reason, then here you go: She explains everything thoroughly and gives plenty of examples. Once she's explained a topic, she has us discuss it with our neighbor. If we come up with any questions while doing this, she will answer them. Unlike many math professors here, she is able to teach in a way that relates to her students. AKA she is a human rather than a math robot. She makes sure to try and clear up any confusing concepts. She really, really cares about her students (amazingly, she learned each of our names in a class of 100). She just wants you to do well, and if you actually try, then you should. I'm by NO means a math genius, but, by doing the homework and the readings she assigns, I got an A on my first test. She does not check attendance, but, if you're taking this class and you want to pass, then you better go to class so you can take advantage of her teaching. She also gives 1-problem quizzes at the beginning of each class for us to see where our understanding is at. The problems are from last year's exam, so it's great study material. She doesn't take these quizzes up, it's simply for our benefit. The homework load is extensive, but this is true of every M408k class because everyone has the same homework. Just a word of advice: don't cheat on the homework or get someone to figure it all out for you, because it comes back to get you when the test comes around. The tests are the exact format of the homework, so get in as much practice as you can. Like every M408k class, homework and tests are multiple choice. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
THE BEST MATH PROFESSOR EVER!! Definitely take this class if you can get into it. The concepts in this class are explained very thoroughly and plenty of examples are given. I was in this class last semester, and our class had the highest average on almost every test, and there were 10 classes of this section. I can't put into words how down to earth and wonderful she is. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
she is so always so excited about calculus which makes the class a lot more enjoyable! she curves quite a bit and that helps out a lot in the end. she's definately willing to help if you need clarification. i never took calculus in high school, did horribly on all but one of the tests, and somehow still managed to get a B! |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She is a really good teacher. She is always open for questions, and often times will go out of her way to help you. Not like most college professors. I would definitely reccommend her. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Nice, Cares, she even takes the time to try and learn 150 student names by the end of 1 semester. Definantly take HER class if you get the chance. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
she is the best! take her! she is very organized and methodic.. she wants to get to know her students and she will try to help you as much as she can... |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Best Math Professor at UT by far. Highly recommended. |
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Gary Berg
No class times this semester |
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4 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
Gives examples straight from the HW in class. 3 Exams, 1 Final, and weekly HW. I made it through off of HS Calculus with a B+, but it did some review. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
The tests are right from the homework so if you really understand how to do all of the problems, the tests should be easy. The tests are about 20 questions and you have two hours to do them. It takes me almost the whole 2 hours, but there were only 3 or 4 problems that I had to really work to figure out. Because there are so few questions, they are really basic concepts and usually problem formats you have already seen. Going to class is a must unless you can teach yourself from the book, but the discussion section is more like extra help if you need it. Mostly it is just a chance to get help with your homework. The TAs are required to do a 2 hour review before the exam, which really helped me. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He is pretty straightforward... |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
worst professor i have had at UT. just terrible. avoid taking him at all costs |
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Evelyn M Schultz
No class times this semester |
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4 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
Professor Schultz is quite clear in the notes she gives during class and makes sure to give examples of the harder problems once a basic understanding is grasped. If you sit in the front she likes to ask you about your weekend before class. It really makes you feel included. Sometimes class goes fast and furious as she calls it, but she welcomes you to office hours to get anything you might have missed. She also lets you know ahead of time the classes that you need to be present for. The homeworks are the same material as what is on the exams. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She is so nice and really knows her stuff. If you go to the lecture, you'll get the material. Calculus is about learning and practicing. Although the material may be hard sometimes, she explains it in an easy way to understand, step by step. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Explains everything clearly by breaking it down and comparing it to things that we have learned before. Overall great professor who is extremely wise in the subject. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
One of the best professors teaching 408k at the University of Texas at Austin. She truly knows what she is talking about and sometimes may be a bit confusing, but she is overall a great professor. |
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Corinne Irwin
No class times this semester |
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4 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
You really can't be too nice when you write a review for Corinne Irwin. She is absolutely the sweetest person I have ever met. Out of the four months that I had her class, i don't think I once heard an unkind, cynical, impatient word come out of her mouth even once. She will take and answer your questions at any time. She never makes you feel small for asking what may be a silly question. Prof Irwin's grading system is designed to give you the highest possible chances of getting an A. There are three exams (20% each), a final (25%), and a grade for homework/particpiation (15%) and if your final grade is higher than any of your exam grades, she will replace a bad exam grade with your final grade. Even though I completely bombed the first exam, I pulled an A in the course by doing well on the final. She gives you two hours for the mid-terms, but will stay as late as you need to finish your test. Test questions are generally taken from (or based on) questions assigned from the book. Discussion attendance is absolutely required and she takes attendance randomly in her own class. Prof Irwin takes the time to remember everyone's name and does as much as she can to make a personal relationship with you. She truly cares about her students. Math has always been my weakest subject, but Prof Irwin helped and inspired me so much that I actually learned to enjoy it. Fantastic teacher and woman. Stay after class from time to time and talk to her because she is wonderful to talk with. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Very Visual!!! Allows 3 hours to take your tests and will answer close to any question you have on a test. Sometimes she will basically give you an answer. Very nice lady! |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Irwin is the sweetest person/professor you will ever meet. She is very helpful, cares about her students, and is very passionate about her subject and teaching. If you need help, she will readily be there to help you and she will never fail you. There is homework due once a week, but every calculus class has this requirement, the exams are hard, but are still very fair, attendance is required, but is randomly taken. Her TA is awesome, and she always makes sure she has the best TAs. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
She is one of the sweetest professors I have ever met. However, she has a way of talking to us like we are in elementary school. Sometimes it's nice because she's trying to make it simple for us, but other times can become very annoying. |
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P Larsen
No class times this semester |
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3 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
Ok, Larsen is GREAT. I never thought i'd get so much out of his class. Besides i don't think Larsen has been teaching for very long, and as i understood, he's a TA, and doesn't do this full-time. His teaching style however, leaves no gaps , and no sign whatsoever, that he isn't fully devoted to his class, and what he's doing. I had the impression that he enjoys teaching very much. Anyways, there's homwork at least twice a week, each which may take 2-5 hours, depending on how thoroughly you do them. I'd study them over and over to get them as correct as possible, and the homework in this class is really the key to getting an A, since the tests are simply compiled from the same questions out of the homework data bank. Larsen is very approachable and will help you even after class, for at least 15 minutes. Also, he always makes sure that his ofice hours are known and at a good time for everyone. His website is also very useful, and before each test he posts practice questions or practice tests which, if you complete all of them, is of much much! help ,i've found out. Paul gives you 4 tests each of about 20 questions. Time: 2 hours. Tests count 60 %.Homework counts 10 %. The final is quite easy, and has only 25 questions. Time: 3 hours.Counts 30%. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He is very knowledgeable and knows every potential angle of any question. He is approachable, available and very dependable. Paul seems to genuinely care about the progress of his students and wants his class to have the highest average out of all 408K classes. He is a little goofy and tells random historical (math) facts that lighten up the class. I learned the most from his office hours. Also, his class website is very helpful. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Smart teacher, knows exactly what he is talking about in class. Paul is very helpful outside of class and will work with anyone concerned about his/her grade. |
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L Fouli
No class times this semester |
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3 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
She is a really great teacher. She did lots of examples that related to the homework and tests. She was easy to follow and did everything step by step. She cared whether we did well in the class, so she sent out review materials before tests that was not available to other classes. She is really nice and helpful. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
This is a really great professor! She is really easy to approach if you have questions about anything and really cares about every individuals progress. There are only three tests and several homework grades, one per week. I failed the first test and was devistated. When I talked to the TA she told me to drop the class but Fouli made me stick with it because she really believed I could get through it. To my suprise my study habits changed and I started improving alot on the tests ending up with a B in the class altogether. Definitely study for the tests, dont slack off. It really helps to go over old homework questions before a test because the test is made from the same system as the homework. If you feel like your struggling theres always free tutoring and appointment tutoring at the UT learning Center which helped me tremendously. Oh and office hours arent bad either, as I said before Fouli is really apporachable and eager to answer any questions you may have. Overall great professor and if I had to take this course again I would pick her! |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Her style of teaching made it easier to understand the material. |
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Spencer Stirling
No class times this semester |
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2 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
For intro calc, he covered the hwk and answered any questions before they were due every week. He picked questions that were likely to be on the exams and explained them with very good accuracy that helped a lot on understanding 408k and future classes. I never had to go to the UTLC for help when I had him as a teacher. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
He's the bomb.com... His reviews are wonderful! You really can't ask for more. He's a real cool guy and if you go to class (which I didn't but still got an A) and go to his reviews (PLEASE GO TO HIS TEST REVIEWS) you will do fine. Spence is GREAT! |
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Lexing Ying
No class times this semester |
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2 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
He welcomed questions and sincerely wanted to make sure that everyone in the class was following the lecture. Lecture notes were posted daily online. Tests were extremely straightforward and represented the questions on the homeworks. It is strongly recommended that you understand EVERY single question on the homeworks because they show up on the tests. There's homework every week, due at 3 am Tuesday morning which is ridiculous ... So yeah, basically finish your homework by Monday night. You should attend every lecture so you don't fall behind, his lectures go pretty quickly and cover a good amount of material. Luckily everything is related to everything else, so toward the final you won't have to worry about forgetting something. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Funny guy. Speaks very good english. He writes EXTREMELY fast but he posts everything online so no worries there. He is very understanding and is willing to help you out however he can. I am terrible at math and this was my first time ever seeing calculus and I made an A. That's saying something! GO TO HIM FOR HELP. Be sure to go to class the day of the test because he holds a review and pretty much covers what you NEED to know for the test. Great teacher! |
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John Meth
No class times this semester |
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2 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
He's a really good teacher. He's very thorough. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Meth is really awesome. He goes through the material in depth and if you don't understand a concept he'll really help during his office hours. The only thing that sucked was waking up for 8AM classes and trying to understand Calc. The tests are exactly like the homework (which is on Quest). Studying is definitely necessary to do well. |
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David Ben-Zvi
No class times this semester |
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2 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
Ben-Zvi 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. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Ben-Zvi 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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A Ghosh
No class times this semester |
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2 Recommended |

M 408K Differential Calculus
He explains things well and at a fast pace. He will generally skip over small easy steps but is more than happy to go back, break it down, and make sure you understand if needed. His lecture notes are well prepared, pre-hand written on paper and displayed on the overhead projector along w/ examples. These are all scanned and posted on blackboard a day or two after the lecture. Attendance is not required, but very helpful. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
I would say Ghosh is one of the better teachers for 408k. He really cares about the progress of his students and makes himself available if you need help. |
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Zachary Miner
No class times this semester |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
-had 5 hours a week for office hours -scanned class notes online, also put solutions to homework/concept questions on website -assigned homework every MWF due by next lecture (plenty of practice) -exams represented material -good TA -approachable |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Miner is knowledgeable about calculus and is great at getting students involved in each lecture. Will often work relevant examples as groups within lecture and discussion sections. Homework is on Quest, which is a shitty program, but that isn't the professor's fault. Quizzes often happen in discussion sections so attendance is recommended there. Drops portions of each exam so grades are high. Has a tendency to hold the class late, but leaving early is possible since all notes from class are posted online; Running over time was primarily due to the class being a 5 week course(Summer 2012 is the first time M 408K was offered in 5 week semesters) with minimal time to cover all the topics on the syllabus, but overall it isn't too much of a hassle. Also posts lectures from his pre-cal classes for supplements if you are rusty on your math skills. Will give out participation points if you attempt to improve after doing poorly, but you will get full participation credit(10% of grade) if you do well on exams regardless of your attendance of class/discussion/office hours. In summation: good professor, tests are simple enough (~90% multiple choice, ~10% written explanation usually over interpretation of key concepts) |
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Evelyn Schultz
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Schultz is not the type of professor to answer questions in class, but if you come to office hours, she's very helpful. She sends out plenty of emails with different tips to help you make an A in the class, including posting formula sheets and extra practice problems on blackboard. She seems strict upfront, but she actually cares a lot about her students, and she's very energetic in class. She truly loves the subject she teaches. |
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M 408K Differential Calculus
Schultz is really tough, but I actually learned and absorbed the course material. If you didn't take calculus in high school, it will probably be tough; I took differential calculus before coming to college, and it was still challenging, but doable. Schultz intentionally is strict/impatient at the beginning of the semester, but she grows progressively more approachable and appreciates people who show up to class and work hard. Make sure to work consistently on the homeworks throughout the weeks, and review them before the midterms/final--all of the questions on the tests are pulled from homework problems, so that's a much better way to study than the book or any other resources. Wolfram Alpha is an awesome resource to check your work, but don't use it to get out of doing homework, because it'll just screw you over in the long run. The curve tends to be anywhere from 3-7 points on the final grade. This is definitely a hard class, but if you study and are diligent, you'll be fine. |
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N Sato
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Sato was a very good professor. Calculus is a hard subject to teach, but I think he did a really good job of explaining the concepts, working out the problems for the class, and he gave lots of examples in class and always thoroughly worked through all of them for us. He was also always available for his office hours and really helped alot when you went with questions. There were somewhat lengthy homework assignments for each section, and we had probable a little over a week to complete them. But all calculus classes have the same homework. Exams are multiple choice, just like all other M 408 K classes, and attendance was never taken in class or in the TA. |
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G Helleloid
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He is an amazing teacher. He explains everything really well. He is funny and nice. He really really knows the material. He made this class enjoyable. I would suggest him to anyone. |
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Maria Gualdani
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She knows her stuff and can be very helpful if you ask questions. All calculus classes are the same, homeworks are lenghty and difficult, better if done with a group. She is not bad considering how difficult calculus is. |
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He is a very helpful professor and is very open to questions in class and will go over some of the harder homework problems when they are about due. He was a pretty good professor and broke everything down. I would definetly recommend him. |
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Frank Shirley
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He really cares about his students. He is passionate about mathematics, which makes him an excellent Calculus professor. He does curve each exam a little bit, but don't rely on the curve. If you don't go to class or do the homework, this course will be very difficult for you. As long as you do those two things, then you will make a good grade. |
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Raymond Heitmann
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He is very approachable and explains everything very well if you just go to his office hours. He also gives you a good feeling of what is expected to be on the test. He's very nice and his teaching style is very understandable. |
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F Jouve
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Office hours are really helpful for understanding concepts and he really cares about his students' progress and the level of understanding. |
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Ana-Marie Castravet
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I loved Ms. Castravet!! She is a very nice and sweet professor. She cared so much about the students, that she even asked us what we needed her to do to better improve the class. She presents information pretty clearly. She's one of the better professors who teach Calculus. Get her if you can!!! |
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Altha Blanc Rodin
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She is a great professor. She knows what she is doing and you are never bored by her teaching. Professor Rodin is very nice and she gives great notes. Her exams are very similar to her homework; study the homework and you will make A's on the exams. I would strongly recommend her. I wish I could take her class again. |
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C Samuels
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This is a pretty straight forward class. He only gives online hw and the tests are pretty much from the online hw. Near the end of the course, the tests get a little harder though. You need to know how to solve the problems even if some of them are worded a little differently from the hw he assigns. He drops three hw grades and gives three tests. The last test he gives only has 18 questions so study really hard for that one. All the other tests have 20 questions. As for his final, it was pretty simple. It should take you about a little less than two hours to finish if you double check your work. The final contains 25 questions, so yes, you would want to double check all of your work for every one of his tests. If you go to his office hours, he's extremely helpful and answers any questions off of the hw. My TA wasn't very good so I just stopped going to his discussion sections after the first couple weeks of class. I got an A in his class, and I don't even like math. This class isn't hard. There's also a pretty big curve at the end of the year. |
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