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  • Average Rating (from 3 Students)

    3.3/5
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    Math-heavy

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    May 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. McNulty is such a nice professor who really cares about his students!

    Course highlights:

    There are a lot of applications to engineering.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Dr. McNulty's grading system is a little weird, but if you pay attention to the type of questions he asks on each test, it will help a lot.

    • Spring 2014
    • McNulty
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    May 05, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    A professor can make or break a course. Brady shows you how important it is, not only through practi​cal application problems but his own fervor for teaching the course.

    Course highlights:

    You get out of it as much as you put into it. There were shortcuts, ways to cheat, ways to do the homework without really doing it and Brady knew, but he made you buy into the idea that you'd only be cheating yourself.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Vector Calculus is a pretty abstract topic. It'll weed people out and stop others from going into the fields they've been aiming for. Don't double guess yourself: if you think you need help, then ask. That's why were there are so many resources available. There are plenty of tutors but he will make time to break it down and go over it with you, again and again.

    • Spring 2016
    • BradyRocks
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Apr 06, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend taking MATH241: Vector Calculus with Professor Dilworth. I've never had a harder time with a professor and he really doesn't care about his students. Vector Calculus is a hard course , but having a even harder and unworkable professor makes things so much harder. I am a B average student and I'm struggling to even pass this class. I have failed 2 of my exams already despite having a A average in homework, hardcore studying, and receiving tutoring from another math professor at another university . The work load is long, tedious, and overbearing at times being a engineering major with an already full workload. The exams are multiple choice. You might think this a good thing, but hear me out. They're are 13 problems per exam, 5 answers to choose from per problem, the maximum score is 104%, you are scored out of 50 (ex: 40 correct -> 40/50 x 100% = grade), and 4 points per question. You are allowed to circle up to three answers. Here's how this works, lets say in these scenarios you have circled the correct answer: You picked 1 = full 4 points; You picked 2 = receive 2 points; You picked 3 = receive 1 point. You can still get them all wrong. You can decided if making more guesses better than just one. To me your chances are the same. PLEASE NOTE he will NOT grade crossed out answers, answers written to the side of the problem, or your work! You must circle all the answers or answer because that's all he will grade. There are no quizzes, extra credit, or participation grades. Homework is conducted online using WebAssign. You get 2 homework assignments a week. The textbook is Calculus: Early Transcendentals 6th Edition By James Stewart. This book cover Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Vector Calculus. It is used for all of these classes at Carolina. The class average on the first exam was a C- and because it was a C, he would not curve the grade. His advice is to anyone who does not pass the first exam to just drop out because it will only get harder. I believed this was to chase away those who were not committed and believed by seeking additional add (my tutoring) I could come back on top. I have spoken with him after class and have not had pleasant experiences. I felt very poorly and rudely treated. I contacted the head of the Math Department and this news came to no surprise. He is a problem to the whole department and the only math professor with such unorthodox grading. They have repeatedly asked him to change his testing methods, but he will not yield. There is no TA or recitation to aid you for this class. Notes are written on a dry-erase board. Class begins right on the dot.

    Course highlights:

    What I gained is a new understanding on what I can handle, what counts as too demanding, and how cruel a professor can be toward a student. I learned most of my mistakes are not a lack of understanding the subject, but minor mistakes and lack of sufficient time to complete the problem. I learned you can still work your butt off and get nothing out of it. I'm stilling hoping I might mass. I learned a whole new level of calculus from the incorporation of vectors in everything I learned in calculus 2 to double integration to triple integration to arc length to curvature and more. If I do fail, which is pretty common for students, I can retake the class knowing I've seen all the material and have working knowledge of it.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    1) PLEASE take anyone other than this professor! I signed up with him because he was my best option for a required class that worked with my schedule. 2) If you're signing up for a MATH241 class do extensive research about the professors. I recommend ratemyprofessors.com, studyroom.com, coursehero.com, and other sites where you can get feedback on your professor. I would highly encourage you talk to students who have actually had the professor. 3) Take this class in summer at a tech school if you can because it will likely be easier, a smaller class size, graded on your work, and you can focus more without other class work getting in your way. Also, more one on one with the professor and easier to ask questions. 4) Another tip is do your homework! It make take a long time and hard, but practice is everything for all math-reflated work. Depending on answer sites or someone else's work will get you no where. 5) Always attend class because learning everything solo is near to impossible. 6) Go ahead before you start the class having a tutor and handy study resources. 7) You should really think about your course load and after the first exam, judge if this is a class you can keep up with. Is the professor worth your time? Does he/she care about you? Are you making passing grades to complete the course and pass? 8) It's best to always be one step ahead. Working on homework ahead of time and/or reading the next lesson ahead of time. 9) If you're taking the class in the fall, take a prep or intro class over the summer. Khan Academy is a great website to work and build your skill level in almost all courses you will take. 10) Don't give up! You are tough, capable, smart, and talented. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • Spring 2016
    • Stephen Dilworth
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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