## Ratings for Morse, E C

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**Comment:** It always feels like Morse never wants to be there. His lecture slides are huge blocks of text, some of which are screenshots from other texts, and he'll actually read every word of these. After that, he'll often stare at the class for a few seconds, and move on without pausing for questions or bothering to explain/clarify what he was talking about. He doesn't actually teach things, but shows problems and solutions that are mostly conceptual. There wasn't a discussion, so no GSI office hours, and he writes the homework problems (which you won't know how to do) himself. Homework was due every two weeks, which was a relief. The good thing is that the exams are pretty similar to the homework problems, so study his solutions and copy them onto your cheat sheet and you should be fine. Not a good professor by any stretch, but the class is manageable if you're patient enough to look up your own reference material.

Submitted Sept. 2nd, 2015

Submitted Sept. 28th, 2012

Submitted Sept. 28th, 2012

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**Comment:** Morse was an awful teacher. The GSIs really did all the work in this class. Morse consistently disrespected his students and clearly did not want to be teaching. He appears to be a professor who is only at Cal to do research, and he is forced into teaching, despite the fact that he loathes undergrads and being an instructor.

Submitted April 2nd, 2012

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**Comment:** Pros: Class and homework sets treat some very, very interesting mathematical concepts. Exams follow the practice midterms closely.
Cons: Homework assignments are custom made by Morse, so problem sets can be tough to figure out. Lectures are copied from the text and Wikipedia, so attendance is unnecessary.

Submitted Dec. 16th, 2011

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**Comment:** From his lectures students can learn nothing. Inefficient, careless usage of powerpoint with tons of letters and numbers in each slide. Doesn't delve into the fundamentals but just rambles random techniques and reads out the slide very quickly, though the materials are complex matters students were never exposed to. Given such a situation, if at least the HWs are from standard books, students my be able to handle it. But he assigns HW problems made by himself, which is extremely difficult to solve since students learn nothing from the lectures (there are no discussion sections). Most students end up copying each other's answers. The exams are pretty much identical to the practice exams, but there are virtually no partial credit to algebraic mistakes (simple summing or multiplication errors) and the penalty for that mistake accumulate throughout the whole exam. Do some multiplication in the first part of the exam erroneously, and you fail the course since the average is high.

Submitted Nov. 14th, 2011

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**Comment:** There's something fundamentally wrong if exponentially more students attend the GSIs' office hours for help on homework than Morse's lectures. Morse does not teach. He just rambles on about techniques he doesn't teach us how to do, but just shows them to us (as if we already know them) through his powerpoints (which he just blazes through as we struggle to write them before he changes slides), most of which are ripped from the book or from Wikipedia, and usually has mistakes that he spends half of lecture trying to correct. Goes into digressions a lot. Homework usually depicts the hardest cases of concepts that he's failed to properly teach us, hence the necessity of the GSIs's office hours, where at least SOME learning is done. He believes we do learning through the homework, even if we have no idea how to tackle them. Don't fall in the sense of security that his exams will be identical to his practice/past ones. Recent midterm was not only different, but unreasonably difficult (considering the time pressure)

Submitted Oct. 19th, 2011

Submitted Aug. 22nd, 2011

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**Comment:** Exams are just like the practice exam. Final was essentially Midterm 1 and 2 together. Material is pretty difficult in the last third of the class. Lectures were usually useless because he just plays around with mathematica.

Submitted May 24th, 2011

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**Comment:** Gives a practice exam that is basically the same as the real exam. Easy in some ways but hard in other ways. Lecture is not helpful. GSIs are very competent and helpful. First half of class is review of Math 54 and is easy. Second half goes into special functions and PDEs, those can get hard.Then, there's the imaginary space stuff that gets confusing. The class content is actually difficult for the second half.

Submitted May 8th, 2011