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Tufts University: MATH009 - Math of Social Choice - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Christoph Borgers | MATH009 - Math of Social Choice | Mathematics2005-12-22

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Prof. Borgers goes out of his way to make sure that you understand the material. He is an extremely nice guy and his constant cheerful mood makes attending the class a pleasure. I would highly recommend taking a class with Prof. Borgers (even if it's not this one) as he really exemplifies professorial excellence.

Workload:
Quizzes each class- you can miss four without a penalty. A final at the end. I really liked the "Quiz" method because it enabled you to master the material by reinforcing what you had just learned in class. Prof. Borgers was always available via e-mail to answer any questions concerning the work.


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Tufts University: MATH009 - Math of Social Choice - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Christoph Borgers | MATH009 - Math of Social Choice | Mathematics2005-10-02

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This guy is one of the nicest professors I have ever met. He is always in a good mood and very enthusiastic about the course. This class is obviously for non-math people, but it's actually relatively interesting. If I needed another math, I would DEFINITELY take another class with him.

Workload:
There's a "quiz" based on the homework every single class, and then one final at the end. I actually really like this structure because you are quizzed on stuff that you just learned a few days before, and the quizzes are extremely easy. Plus he gives make-ups if a lot of people miss a certain question. He definitely wants people to do well in the class.


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Tufts University: MATH009 - Math of Social Choice - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
David Isles | MATH009 - Math of Social Choice | Mathematics2005-02-28

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Professor Isles is a very funny person, and this keeps lectures interesting. Although course material isn't all that interesting, it is easy to grasp, and Professor Isles is very good about answering questions. Note: if you ask a question about the homework, he very often tells you the exact answer he wants to see on the assignment. I would highly recommend this class for a non-math major, especially someone interested in politics because most of the class is about different voting systems.

Workload:
There were a total of 10 homework assignments and 3 exams. (The final was not cumulative.) The homeworks averaged from very easy questions to really difficult questions, but Prof. Isles is more than willing to discuss the more difficult ones in class. Exams were pretty straight forward, and if you do the practice exam he hands out and go to review sessions, they were not bad at all.


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Tufts University: MATH009 - Math of Social Choice - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
David Isles | MATH009 - Math of Social Choice | Mathematics2004-11-11

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Otherwise called "math for dummies" by my classmates, is probably the easiest way to get your math credit if you're a non-math major. Isles is a good professor, I think. If you come to class fairly regularly and have half a brain, you should easily be able to understand what he's talking about (e.g. different voting methods, fair division, etc). For three weeks of the semester, he presents the methods that he's trying to teach by creating actual demonstrations involving students in the class, chocolate cake, candy, juice, fruit, etc. He has a good sense of humor, and is patient with the students that keep asking him to explain the same thing 10 times. For a class that no one wants to take but has to in order to graduate, it's really not that bad.

Workload:
Math of Social Choics IS, contrary to what some people believe, an actual class. But if you treat it like a real class (i.e. go to it fairly regularly (he doesn't take attendance), and if not, at least read the book and do the problem sets) then the work should be easy. There is a problem set due once a week which you can work on in groups. At the beginning, these problem sets are pretty challenging, but he takes one class a week to go over problems that people have questions on. Office hours with the TA also help clarify the more difficult problems. As the semester goes on, the problem sets get easier and usually don't take more than 1.5 hours to do on average, which is not that much since that's pretty much all the work you do for the class all week long. The tests are FAR easier than the problem sets, although they get more difficult as the semester goes on.


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