Ratings for Grunbaum, F A

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Lecture style was boring, and his thick accent made it difficult to understand. Office hours are the manifestation of every student's fear: being shamed by the professor for asking a question and being told to read the book instead. Only ok thing was exams; some questions were recycled and the curve was generous.

Submitted Feb. 17th, 2016

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Terrible Professor! It's ridiculous how little he cares about the class and students. Every day, he just can't wait to get out of there. I went to OH once and was he grumpy the whole time, getting pissed I was asking him questions. I see him limping around campus sometimes and feel a little bad that's he so unhappy... I was lucky to have an incredible GSI though, so my grade turned out decent. Grunbaum was also too lazy to make a new exam, he recycled an exam question for question from a previous year haha, so I aced it.

Submitted March 21st, 2015

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 24, Fall 2013)
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Submitted Dec. 3rd, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 185, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Remember that book, "lies my teacher told me?" Complex analysis goes through some of the gaps in knowledge that students get away with in high school calculus, so it is a very satisfying subject to the mathematically curious. Grunbaum is a great professor who says some words funny. Sounds like an Italian Batman.

Submitted Nov. 5th, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2012)
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Submitted June 26th, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Honestly, with math lower divs you just can't trust the numbers - people who are forced to take this class complain all the time. I liked this class, really good. Professor is decent and does all he can do make sure you succeed. Exams are easy if you conceptually understand what is going on. I would recommend taking class.

Submitted May 14th, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Assignments were normal, but he complained about questions students asked, then often decided to answer an easier version of the question, if at all. Tests were really difficult considering the average and how "well" he taught during lecture

Submitted Jan. 24th, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Grunbaum never seemed terribly thrilled teaching the class, and his lectures were basically from the (extremely unhelpful) book. Exams weren't easy, per se, but they were based on older exams, which helped when studying. GSIs seemed to be the "make or break" factor in the class, as section was really where most of the material was learned.

Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: He's not too nice, but his tests aren't extremely hard. He likes to reuse tests though, which I thought was unfair because that really screws up the curve. The final was pretty hard. Lots of homework, but that's good because you get more practice (unless your GSI was like mine and didn't check your homework). Good GSI is very important since you don't really learn anything from his lectures.

Submitted Jan. 10th, 2014

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Grunbaum, F A (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: The absolute worst professor that I have encountered in my 3 years here at Cal. Prepare to learn SOLELY from the book, because nobody learned anything in lecture. Lecture was disorganized and boring, and he refused to tell me GSI office hour times. Exams were fair in difficulty, but too much weight was put on particular problems. For example, the first problem in our second midterm was worth half of that midterm grade. Finally, he assigned homework for a lot of concepts that we weren't expected to learn for the test. Get ready for physics and electrical engineering problems...

Submitted Jan. 8th, 2014