Ratings for Frenklach, M Y
Based on 42 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Frenklach teaches this class using Matlab to perform tedious work rather than having to look up stuff on steam tables. However his exams have some stuff that are barely relevant to the homeworks. Lecture delivery were neither particularly special nor particularly poor.
Submitted Oct. 7th, 2014
Comment: Great professor; Prof. Frenklach teaches thermo a little differently than others, but he really stresses what's important and makes lectures worth going to. Homework leans heavily on MATLAB programming, which is not the norm. Though the hw was long at times and frustrating if you messed up syntax, it's actually on stuff we might see in the future (a turbine vs. something that would never happen in real life). Exams tested what people knew really well, so paying attention in class is important here. He receives every question well, and he is fine with explaining things more thoroughly if needed. Overall, pretty awesome.
Submitted May 30th, 2014
Comment: Frenklach was very enthusiastic for the subject, and his MatLab assignments were very practical. He was helpful in class by always emphasizing key points and commanding respect from the student. However, he did come off as condescending to other students in the course who didn't know answers, but I personally never had any problems. There was some kid who'd always walk in late and park his scooter right next to the professor. After tripping on it one day, he rode it out of the way. He was funny in this way, but sometimes it came off the wrong way. However, the exams were miserable. Especially the final exam. He purposely wrote it to be the curve-breaker, after the first exam had a 93% average. Also, it disproportionately covered the last couple weeks of class (which wasn't "cumulative material"... just harder, stand-alone concepts). While his class isn't a complete train-wreck, I'd avoid him if possible. It seems like many of his classes just don't run as smooth as they should.
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2012
Comment: He was exciting and was passionate. Unfortunately, that's the only positive thing about him in this class. The lectures were still boring, with all the information passing right over my head. Whatever was in the lectures was very simple compared to the homework and exams. Except for the disaster of the first midterm (other comments have described it), the exams were okay at best. They were difficult, but with the class curved to the average, it was a little better at least.
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2012
Comment: This man is brilliant, and only somewhat forced it upon us as a class- his lectures were thorough and about as clear as one could hope for via powerpoint slides (always uploaded to bspace by the night before the lecture). I've heard he can be condescending while teaching other classes, but the impression he gave in E7 was more simply commanding respect (those who went to lecture probably remember his call-and-response "GOOD AFTERNOON!") Lab assignments were well-written, but autograding was terrible, and unfortunately the GSI's were not all competent at the visual grading of plots, etc. Fortunately Frenklach decided to drop the lowest lab scores. I was impressed by his exams- it is difficult to encourage actual thinking on introductory MATLAB exams, but he did basically achieve this, and de-emphasized the annoying tricky multiple choice questions from previous instructors. He also allowed LOTS of cheat sheet space, in fact too much (6 sides for final exam), but the bottom line is that he doesn't intend to trick anyone who has prepared.
Submitted Dec. 18th, 2012
Comment: Easily one of the worst professors I've had while at Berkeley. He and Horowitz co-taught E7, and by taught, I mean they showed up and presented a completely useless PowerPoint and then gave midterms with material out of nowhere. The electronic midterm was extremely unfair because while 60/400 people got 100's, 60/400 people also got 0's. Although the make-up midterm had an average of about 32/60, because of the 100's, the combined average on which final grades are based was a 41/60 (i.e. the class is curved to a Gaussian distribution when the MT scores weren't Gaussian and were completely skewed). Attending lecture never helped me because the code was entirely oversimplified compared to the lab assignments and they went so fast that absorbing the information quickly enough was impossible. Discussion section was also useless because they'd just go over the next week's lab and give no hints besides saying, "This is what you must do. I won't give you the answers."
Submitted Dec. 16th, 2012