This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The professor assigns daily WebWorks which can make or break your final grade. They are pretty easy and the answers can be found online (albeit, he uses different numerical values). To pass this class with an A or a B, you must work hard to get the WebWorks done. The tests are easy compared to the WebWorks.
Course highlights:
There is a lot to learn, from multivariable differentiation to line integrals to Stoke's Theorem. Dr. Portnoy can be pretty boring and monotonous at times, however when he gets passionate he can easily explain complicated concepts in layman terms. When he covered Laplace's equation, he got pretty turned on and explained it in depth (I liked it).
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
You must study hard. Do all the WebWorks. Go to every class. Talk to him, even though he is salty. Prof. Portnoy's favorite quote is something like "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." <<----THIS. Live by it.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
It's a hard class (I mean, it's math) but if you practice a lot from the book you'll succeed in the test. The class consists of the professor giving lectures and examples. The tests are usually around 7 exercises; they are doable but tricky at times. It's necessary to put in the extra work so if one doesn't practice, they will fail. The course is only evaluated by the exams; so it can be hard to pull ones grade up sometimes. I don't recommend taking this course with several other hard and/or demanding classes in the semester.
Course highlights:
The course is really focused on double or triple integration as well as partial derivatives; the latter being the best part of the course as it was the easiest. A lot of times the concepts were a bit confusing until one actually started applying the theorems and such. That led to much independent study which I think is what I mainly gained from this course; the discipline to apply myself as necessary to study outside of lecture hours.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
If you're taking this course, it's probably because it's mandatory for you. So take it with this professor; he's great. The people that complain about him are just doing so because they expect 'good professor' to equal 'easy A' which is very far from the truth.