Ratings for Horowitz, R
Based on 28 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: The slower of the two lecturers. He is quite enthusiastic about MATLAB and drops hints about midterm problems. I'll just say that I glad that E7 is over. The final...well, I don't know what to make of it.
Submitted Dec. 20th, 2013
Comment: The enthusiasm was definitely there, and the lecture basically covered what came up in the midterm and the final. The assignments are hard, but they make you reapply what you learned in new problems. The electronic midterm was tried once; the instructors and TA's decided to go back to the written exam because it was so much hassle.
Submitted April 13th, 2013
Comment: Class was a bit of a mess. On the other hand assignments were about the right difficulty and seemed to really get at what you were supposed to know. Didn't really seem to know what he was talking about though.
Submitted Feb. 12th, 2013
Comment: Overall, disappointing teacher. Lectures were gone over too quickly with material oversimplified compared to hw and exams. Discussions were pretty much useless. And Horowitz is not helpful at all. I remember for the electronic midterm we had to download it from bspace, and mine wasn't working. He simply said I clicked the wrong thing when there was only one thing to download!
Submitted Dec. 24th, 2012
Comment: Easily one of the worst professors I've had while at Berkeley. He and Frenklach 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
Comment: Ahh what can I say about E7 and Professor Horowitz? Well, the class and he are among my favorites at Berkeley so far. He's pretty funny and clear as well. The homework (labs) are like puzzles in that they can require some creativity. You've got to know the commands inside and out first of all. But to do the homework (without running to the GSI after 5 minutes of being stumped), you've got to apply some of that brainteaser-mindedness. All in all, the homework is one of the most fun I've had (second only to calculus hehe). Exams, though, are trickier with the time limit. Also, having to be especially creative with the code to get it into one line is a skill not emphasized on the homework. Overall a fun class that goes above and beyond with applications in both the homework and the exams
Submitted Oct. 18th, 2012