Craig Tracy at University of California Davis - RateMyProfessors.com
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Craig Tracy
Professor in the Mathematics department at University of California Davis
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    prof tracy always have extremely high expectations on students, which made him "distinguish(ly hard) professor" the later 1/3 of the class is grad lvl and final have very hard problems. But mt is easy and some problems in final r from class (so dont skip!)he was giving lectures as grad classes, so u'll do well iff u do reading on ur own .
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    Don't take 22B with him, but upper math is not too bad. TA was extremely helpful with weekly homework session and office hour. Midterm was easy, but that open-book final was graduate-level. If your major GPA is almost perfect, take with him and enjoy the challenge. Otherwise, don't even try, don't insult yourself, and just take with other professor
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    Does not know how to teach. He spent little to no time going over the basics and dived right into the hard stuff. I have no idea what he's talking about during class, most would agree with me. Never have I been so frustrated in a math class. His favorite thing to say is, "it's in your textbook." We aren't paying tuition to read a textbook!
    Tough GraderGet ready to readLOTS OF HOMEWORK
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    No reader for our class so homework was optional. 65% of the class dropped after the first lecture. Make what you will of that. However, he is an incredible professor that is accommodating, but also content heavy on exams. The curve was EXTREMELY generous. I finished with a mid-20% in the class and received a C. Again, make what you will of that.
    Tough GraderSkip class? You won't pass.GRADED BY FEW THINGS
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    Professor Tracy's 22B class was amazing. We used the book he wrote, but gave it for free on the website! His class is based on about 6 big topics that will be heavily discussed in class. No HW grade. 30% Midterm 1, 70% final. Seems tough, but all problems are STRAIGHT from the HW. Just read the book! Do the HW problem because they are fascinating!
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    Extremely difficult!
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    Mar 25th, 2017
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    Tests make up 90% of your total grade. There's 2 of them. That's pretty crazy considering that this class's main focus is to work with DEs, but you'll be expected to have intuition about physics. I for one am a math major with little experience having only taken 2 physics courses. Lectures are too reliant on extpectancy of intuition.
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    Smart guy, horrible lecturer. He assumes you have a lot of math and physics intuition and doesn't give you the tools to teach yourself. This should NOT be a 3 unit class. Singlehandedly the worst math experience I've ever had.
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    Do whatever you can to avoid this professor. It's extremely difficult to take anything from his lectures and he wrote his own textbook, which the tests are based off of, so it's also quite difficult even to teach yourself.
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    He dropped mad knowledge. This class was very applied for a math class and now that I am taking PHY 9D I see a lot of the same stuff appearing about 7 weeks in. Very challenging course, especially mystifying near the end. To do well on exams you need to understand the derivations he performs in class. HW was hard, a lot of upper div mathematics.
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    Most difficult math class ever. Doesn't feel like a math course as much as a physics course. Despite the difficulty, he is the only one who teaches this course so there's no choice. generous curve at end & will prep for upper-div, but he assumes a certain level of physics intuition which is not in the prereqs.
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    This class is incredibly fascinating! Around week 5 you dive off the deep end, but by the time the final rolls around you should be fine. Fair curve, challenging hw, and novel concepts for an intro DE course. Light on rigor, heavy on intuition. He is always willing to stay after class to answer questions. Difficult class but highly recommended!
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    This is the worst math class I even take. He teaches a lot about physics stuff and makes the class much more confusing than what it should be. He is no doubt a genius but he pretends that all his students are as smart as him. The textbook is confusing and I have to read another version of textbook to solve problems.So if u r not so smart, drop it.
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