Ratings for Hutchings, M
Based on 149 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Hutchings was a chill guy and a pretty solid Math 53 professor. He has all his videos posted on his website that are helpful and thorough. Was a bit dry during lecture with a few funny jokes sprinkled in. Taught the material in a way that was easy to understand with good examples and didn't get too caught up on proofs. Didn't emphasize physical application of double/triple integrals (i.e. electricity, mass density, etc). Exams were very fair, with mostly easy-medium questions and a few curveballs.
Submitted Oct. 12th, 2015
Comment: You could definitely tell Hutchings was smart and knew what he was talking about. He was also enthusiastic about his teaching. But his office hours were kinda awkward and not helpful. You ask a question, and he seemed reluctant to answer it, as if you should already know the answer. His exams are often reasonable but some questions were harder than what was expected.
Submitted Aug. 9th, 2015
Comment: For this class especially, understanding things conceptually will help you significantly. Even if you don't do well on your midterms, your grasp of the material shows through during your quizzes and the final, when you have plenty of time to do a problem and not get time-pressed to finish. That being said, if I'd had a firm conceptual understanding during the midterms, I could've saved a lot of time instead of running out of time to figure out a problem and check my work. His finals, in particular, are not calculations- heavy relative to the calculations- heavy nature of the subject and really test your knowledge. Homework problems will be much easier than what's on the tests, so make sure you pay attention in discussion and consult outside sources of thought-evoking problems! I recommend looking at Anton Geraschenko's website (he GSI'd math 53 seven years ago) because his problems really prepped me for the final. Materials-wise, having little physics experience, I always thought the stuff with lines, planes, and slopes, which required strong knowledge about vector properties, was the toughest. I actually found that I only completely understood everything after doing the last unit, which was supposedly the hardest unit but ended up being not that bad. The cumulative nature of the last unit allows you to review the previous material and prepares you for the cumulative final. Make sure you understand the VECTOR VERSION OF THE CHAIN RULE; I cannot stress that enough. He's a clear lecturer and fair testgiver/ homework assigner overall, and I'm satisfied with the experience.
Submitted May 19th, 2015
Comment: Michael is nice and the course definitely isn't overwhelmed, and his cheesy math jokes are pretty fun. The one problem is he can seem kind of unenthused at times. If you are enthused by the material, then his lack of energy in lecture can be looked past.
Submitted April 6th, 2015
Comment: The Prof: Clear explanations. Willing to answer questions. Cared about students understanding the material. The review about his humor being "as try and awkward as a beached whale" is spot on. He's hilarious in his own way. Make sure you get him to juggle. The Class: First half is pretty straight forward and then the last chapter gets a lot harder (unless you've already taken physics 7B). Tests could be a little tricky, but not unreasonable if you studied the concepts and problem solving skills with those concepts. Catherine Canazzo is THE BEST GSI EVER!!!
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2014
Comment: Hutchings has a good style of teaching, fully explaining one concept then following with easy and hard examples. His lectures are made so that it is very easy to take notes. His exams were not difficult but were graded harshly. Overall he's a pretty good professor.
Submitted Aug. 19th, 2014
Comment: Hutchings is a great instructor. He explains things pretty clear in the course. Of course, all math course heavily depends on your GSI. If your GSI is good, you don't need to worry too much. Exams are pretty straightforward and sort of fair. The worst thing in this course is the curve. Sometimes, you make a tiny mistake in the exam, plus the situation that you take an easy exam, your grade may be lower a lot.
Submitted June 4th, 2014
Comment: I hate math, but I'll try to be nice. I think Hutchings was a chill guy to have considering the fact that I hated him while I had him. He was really funny at times and his lectures were clear, and exams were fair game. His examples were also not always from the book, which was great because it just gave more stuff to study with, and compared to my 1B professor, Hutchings chose easy HW problems.
Submitted Dec. 7th, 2012