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Teleman, C (MATH 185, Fall 2014)
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Comment: Note: I actually took this class Spring 2017, but Ninjacourses hasn't been updating. Teleman goes out of his way to help students and treats the most ridiculous requests as reasonable questions. That being said, my main complaint is his apparently inability to offer fully baked explanations. When the material was relatively easy (ie the first unit, Cauchy-Riemann Equations, De Moivre's, very basic Cauchy's Theorem), his explanations during office hours cleared up a lot of confusion and I ended up doing well despite barely studying, as I was significantly more worried about another midterm the same day. However, when we reached residue calculus and Mobius transformations, I started to not understand his explanations, both in and outside of lecture. Luckily, the GSI was very helpful during office hours, and we relied on him very heavily for the homework, which was difficult but ended up being graded leniently anyways since the grader apparently didn't know what was going on. The second midterm was a time crunch and I was unable to pull it off with minimal studying (with two other math classes that were significantly harder, I neglected 185), but the final was very doable, and for once, he supplied us ample time (on top of this, it was open notes!). I would say overall, tests were reasonable, homework could be ridiculous, lectures were subpar, and curve was generous (I ended up with a better grade in 185 than my other 2 math classes, which I spent probably at least twice as much time on); not a bad option, especially if the other instructors are bad (as was the case this semester).

Submitted May 20th, 2017

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: He was, hands down, the best professor I've ever had. He was engaging, loved the topic and went above and beyond the call of duty to stay past office hours, even showing up at my house when I emailed him to answer my questions. He literally stayed up all night with me, past 5 am helping me with concepts I found difficult. Before he left he also gave me his test and solutions. It was great!

Submitted Nov. 18th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Prof. Teleman presents the information well, but often did not explain enough when people asked questions. The math itself is a very dry topic, as it is basically repeating the same steps over and over again, only with more complexity as the semester progressed. If you can afford to, try taking the course with a different lecturer.

Submitted June 5th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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50
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34
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79

Comment: Teleman is clearly one of the smartest mathematicians in Berkeley but therein lies the problem. He is too smart to teach undergrads. Don't get me wrong, he is a nice guy but it's just too much for him to dumb it down. His accent and poor handwriting doesn't help either. Exams are fair, though -2 points for each incorrect true/false is annoying.

Submitted May 17th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Teleman is the quintessential math professor. He absolutely loves math and has an incredible breadth of mathematical knowledge, but should definitely not be qualified to lecture to undergrads on a subject as basic as introductory linear algebra. In the lectures I did attend, he would often jump ahead, referencing material that we were not scheduled to learn for another 3 or 4 weeks into the course, leaving everyone in the lecture hall more confused than when they arrived. His exams were fair, however, with true/false (be careful here though, as he penalizes for guessing which can really mess you up), multiple choice, and very simple free-response. The curves for the tests are usually very forgiving as well. Once differential equations starts, your success in the class is almost entirely up to the helpfulness of your GSI. The book provided is very lackluster in explaining theory behind the math for this section of the course, so make sure to spend a lot of time in GSI office hours if you don't want your grade to tank at the end of the course (like mine did). In short, Teleman sucks, but Math 54 isn't a hard subject to self-teach. If you are the kind of person that needs to learn from lectures, wait to take the class with a different professor.

Submitted April 29th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Spring 2013)
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9
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Comment: Teleman is very difficult to understand. He uses odd words like "interesting" and "flavor" to describe mathematical concepts. Lectures were pointless to attend and I often left more confused than I began. Tests are manageable. There are T/F, multiple choice, and free response questions. In my opinion the material in the course is not that difficult so I did not suffer greatly from missing lectures, but if you can get a different professor, do so.

Submitted March 30th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Teleman was pretty hard to understand in lecture. I think the GSI is pretty important especially when differential equations start.

Submitted March 28th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Spring 2013)
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Comment: Interesting guy, lectures kinda suck though. Textbook + GSI were awful

Submitted March 19th, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Sigh... I came into class knowing all of the material taught. I attended lecture for a month, realized I STILL was not following what he was saying / falling asleep too often, and eventually skipped lecture all together. His exams were very fair, if you know the material well you will do well. Get a good GSI -- seek them out if you must and get into their section. Overall, the course packs too much material into one course to teach you all of it well, which is unfortunate because having already known a lot of the stuff, I got a lot out of the course (seeing a lot of the concepts clearly that I can't imagine people going through the course for the first time would understand at all). His way of calculating grades is screwed up though. You cannot afford to screw up on any exam or any of the weekly quizzes, it makes it really hard to get an A if you get below a A- on any one component of the course (hw, Midterms, quizzes, final). Teleman is a hella smart mathematician, too smart to teach a lower div.

Submitted Feb. 21st, 2014

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Teleman, C (MATH 54, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Teleman's lectures were somewhat OK during the Linear Algebra part of the course (although he did infamously spend an entire 80 minute lecture on one irrelevant problem on transformations), but were absolutely dreadful and almost nonsensical during the Differential Equations part. His lectures are incredibly disorganized, and they display his unacceptable lack of preparation. He also sometimes made fun of students for asking questions during lecture (albeit usually the questions asked were pretty dumb). Exams were fair, although the True/False was rough. It is not the worst thing to take Math 54 with him, just don't bother attending lecture.

Submitted Feb. 18th, 2014