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Lyman Chaffee
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.3
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07/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 7B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

I respect Chaffee alot. He assigns the whole book for hwk but it's so you can practice the application of principles and apply your mechanical training to real life scenarios. He follows curriculum but he gives you more ideas to contemplate while teaching you "why". Exams were proof-based and filled w/ word problems. Hard but forgiving teacher. A+

01/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 7B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

he got on the table to explain the z plane in relation to time and space, later that class day i pied him in the face for a campus fundraiser, ive never had more respect for a professor in my life.

12/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Outstanding instructor and very helpful. Make should you do all of the homework and asked question. You have to work for your grade. He is one of the best instructor on this campus.

11/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
math450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Chaffee is an awesome teacher. He takes the time to help his students and makes sure we understand the concepts before each exam. I hope everybody can experience a math class like his.

08/25/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
math 450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It wasn't the subject matter that was difficult, it was the fact this teacher was so cute, it was hard for me to stay focused!!! He is super nice, loved his glasses and tattoos. Oh yes, he taught math too and it was great.

04/22/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 7B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you have a chance to take someone else, do not hesitate at any cost. I've never received lower than a B mark in any Math courses and I have finished up to Math 5C now. His lectures during class comprise of derivations or nonesense about the history behind everything.. little about actually doing problems or anything beneficial for exam.

04/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math7A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Chaffee makes you think b/c he wants you to think about math at a deeper level. He's more theory than computations b/c he expects you to practice the computations on your own, hence, the titanic-load of hw. The person below probably didn't put much effort. That's why s/he didn't like the class. Chaffee's tough but he's one of PCC's best math profs.

04/09/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
math 7a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst Professor I have ever had. He gives a lot of homework. Doesn't give any examples of how to do the homework, he just talks and talks about how math was created. I did not learn anything from this class. I recommend don't take this class if your not good at math.

11/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
math125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Chaffee taught the only math class that I have passed at PCC - and I have taken a lot! He is hilarious!!!! He is also really helpful and cares about the students who want to pass. I mean who would't want a rock star teaching you math?! LOVE HIM. take his class!

07/25/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
math7b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good professor. First test was difficult, average after that. Study a lot. Get used to no calculators.

07/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math5B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is really great professors. His lecture is clear and he really emphasizes the importance of definitions of mathmatical concepts. His tests are pretty tricky but they are doable. Moreover, he gives you some points if you show him works even though you don't get answers. Therefore, do your best, and you will be fine.

06/03/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH5B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor!He teaches math in a complete different way since he wants you to understand math not only to compute. The class is hard since the material is hard, but after his lectures everything makes better sense. I will be happy to have him as my teacher again!

03/06/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great instructor! He explains with detail and breaks things down for easy understanding. The textbook is only used for homework. Everything you need to know is taught in class. Tests aren't as difficult as everyone else says, though it can be very tricky and requires you to think. It shouldn't be a problem if you pay attention in class.

12/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math5A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great instructor.

12/22/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He knows what he teaches.Yes,linear algebra is hard n abstract, but he can explain it clearly.Tests are hard, TRUE,but still somewhat doable.He was pretty nice on the final.Homework is every single problem in the book, which is insane, but mandatory to get a good grade.I don't think he cares whether you complete all assignments or not. Recommended!

12/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His phylosophy of math is really abstract and deep, I never imagine that a person would teach math so deeply. He can explain the definitions clearly. His tests are a little tricky. there are short answers and calculations, so listen to him carefully, you will be OK.Must do the assignments and exam corrections

11/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you're thinking about taking him, then TAKE HIM. I will almost guarantee he will change your life, maybe. Atleast your perspective on math. At the beginning it may be slow but it's gonna get a little bit faster and a wee bit intense as the semester goes on (may be an understatement). But he's really great, so take him!

07/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math7B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This guy knows what he's talking about. He will definitely give you a clear idea of why things work and what they are for. He will not waste time teaching you stuff you do not need. His test are HARD. I got 30 out of 50 for most of his tests and did well on the final receiving an A for the course. If you really want it, you can do it!

07/02/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH7A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor is very passionate about math and all things math related. He really wants you to gain a deep understanding for what you're doing instead of mere mechanical work. He is a hard professor, but he makes sure that by the end of his class your algebra skills are spot on! Also, NO CALCULATORS!

06/18/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
math125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

chaffee is really laid back. he really explains all the rules of math and shows you why they work so you dont have to just memorize them. if you try and do all the homework youll be fine. only had like 4 exams and a final. homework is online so pretty easy class.

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