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Gerald Alexanderson
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
are you Gerald Alexanderson?
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
28 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/29/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH12H Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

I really hate to write a bad review, because he is such a sweet old man. However, the curriculum isn't at all clear, and his lectures are focused on random proofs. He often teaches you something-pauses-asks for you to point out his error-and then reteaches it... confusing. Tests were really hard-not impossible- but really really hard

10/14/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH12H Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Pop quiz master" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Alexanderson is a really smart man but he should not be teaching. His class is a lecture with barely any class participation. During his lectures, he goes off on tangents and proofs never actually covering needed material. When asked why he put an x somewhere, his answer is because he wanted to. NOT HELPFUL.

02/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 52 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Had Alexanderson for 52 a while ago. He's pretty cool as a person, but the material in this class is so utterly uninteresting i dreaded going. Class is curved overall pretty nicely but this was one of my least favorite classes, and not because of the teacher.

01/30/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 13H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B-

Alexanderson is an extremely intelligent man, but he is not good at teaching the material to students, in my opinion. He likes to ramble and solve random unnecessary proofs instead of explaining what you actually need to know. He's a nice, funny old man but very confusing teacher and his exams are way more difficult than the homework.

03/31/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 52 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

nice man but occasionally a little unclear on lectures. His handwriting is kind of messy so watch out for that. Very reasonable grader. Go to his office hours, he is very very helpful and is jovial.

02/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH52 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Remarkably sweet and helpful old man. I enjoyed the stories he always told. Material was a bit over some students' heads you could tell. (So take that into account when reading ratings for math/science professors...ratings are positively correlated with easiness.)

12/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
math11 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 teacher, sometimes difficult to ask questions in class, but is a really nice guy. Go into his office hours if you are struggling or don't get any of the concepts. Overall great teacher.

11/14/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Math11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

class was hard as hell...He talks way to fast and excepts you know what he's saying. Literally my whole class went to tutoring because most people did not understand his class.

11/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math11 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

Most down to earth man ever to exist on planet earth and known to humankind. He has the funniest jokes, too. But that is not related. This class is hard and his exams are tough, but be on his side and have an attitude that you want to do well in math. Then he will like you :)

06/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
math13 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

not only a great mathematician, but a all around cool guy. easy A if you do all the homework

03/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH52 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

Professor Alexanderson is amazing, and I loved taking this class - it was absolutely fascinating. He expects a lot from you, but professors should, and I had no problems with doing the work he assigned every night, especially as it helped me understand the material. I strongly suggest taking him AT LEAST ONCE - one of the best professors at SCU.

03/07/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH13 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Alexanderson is a great teacher, and a hilarious person. Loved going to class because he was so entertaining and wore the funniest outfits. Take him for sure.

10/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class was so hard. He teaches to one side of the class and always was proving equations that was not necessary. Very hard tests. Expects a lot of of his students.

03/20/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math52 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Probably one of the most demanding professors I've ever taken. I spent on average 10 hours a week on this class. Of course that's expected, the guy is a god in the math world. Take him if you want to learn and love math.

11/09/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math13H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent Teacher who really helped me fill in a number of gaps I had in my math knowledge from High School. Difficult tests, but if you talk to him about your issues, he does everything he can to help you. Highly recommend.

05/25/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH52 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Adorable old man, wears bright and funny outfits. Likes telling stories about mathematicians. One of the most interesting people I've met...he's done everything in his life. Class is hard because it's new for most people but he tries to teach well and really loves it and is happy to help students...is usually available. Highly recommended.

05/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH13 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's great. :)

05/11/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math13 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sit on the right side, he tends to only lecture to that side. He also spends way too much time proving equations, and not enough time on practice problems. Since I have also been in his class I have not received a practice midterm. He is a nice guy though, and office hours do help, but for those who actually want to learn in the class, dont takehim

02/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's somewhat of a hard teacher because he goes kinda fast over material but he's really funny. He makes class interesting and the tests really are not that bad if you do the practice midterm. Plus he goes over the questions in class, so as long as you can mimic his practice tests you can get a good grade in his class.

11/02/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math11H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Pompous!

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