Ratings for Buffett, B A
Based on 3 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Really great professor, and really interesting class! Exams were conceptual and right out of lecture! I would download the slides before hand and add comments on the sides for my notes - helps keep figures and notes together, which was pretty useful for the class. Know the lecture, get 100 on exams... its really that simple. The homework could get a little tricky, but our GSI was really good at setting us up for it in discussion - I could see where that would be slightly problematic without such a great GSI. :) Never heard back about term paper or final, but based on my final grade in the class, I would guess those went right along with the midterms - very straightforward. Very helpful teacher too - no scheduled office hours. instead, just let students knock on his door when they needed help and would invite them in! Highly recommend!!
Submitted Oct. 11th, 2016
Comment: 102 felt like a repeat of 50, but only for certain topics. It is a good overview of the overarching concepts in Earth Science, which is why I suggest it be taken right after 50. Otherwise, it'll just be a repeat of everything you've heard before. The assignments are completely quantitative, meant to show the math behind the concepts explained in class. They are graded rather harshly, though. The midterms and final exam are graded harshly, too. However, Buffett is lenient with the final grades. He goes pretty fast in class, and his PowerPoints don't really have words on them, so you have to take good notes to do well on the exams.
Submitted May 27th, 2015
Comment: Buffett is a very nice guy and has a good sense of humor. However, he's not a good professor. He teaches using powerpoint slides, and the problem with them is that he puts mainly pictures and not words. He talks quickly in lecture, so by the time you've jotted down information on one thing, he's already finished another. Attending lecture is necessary if you want all of the information that he'll test on, which is sometimes random and glanced over in lecture and on the slides. The assignments weren't too bad, but the grading was unclear (docked points sometimes with no explanation), and the contribution to the course grade was disproportionate (40% assignment with 5 total mean 8% each, while midterms were 10% each). Assignments are quantitative (although it's usually just plug and chug with equations), and exams are qualitative. He gives you sample questions before the midterms, but most of the midterm questions don't come from that bank. The final paper/presentation seemed unnecessary and it seemed like we had to do it because the course ran out of information to cover. You have to write a 5 page paper and give a 5 minute presentation for 15% of the grade. I don't think Buffett or the GSI ever established office hours, which is a pretty big issue with the course. I didn't really get much out of the course because it's basically just a redo of 50 but going more in depth. In my opinion, the course needs an overhaul (like focusing more on quantitative material).
Submitted May 20th, 2013