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Tufts University: Peter Staab - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Peter Staab | MATH013 - Calculus III | Mathematics2006-06-30

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Professor Staab did a great job teaching the easy material. Unfortunately, he didn't budget enough time for the harder concepts at the end, giving the class a mere 22 hours to study for the final exam. The exams were difficult, as expected for a math course; however, he would comment that he should have made a question easier after the exam, but not curve it. Professor Staab has a history on this site for making mistakes. When he says he messed up multiple problems on an exam and does not compensate for that, there is a major problem. The final review session was in no way helpful, because although it was presented in the format of a review, many of the concepts were new. 24 hours before the final, the class was not at all prepared for the exam.

Workload:
The homework is a generic math course load. When you add the material that you have to teach to yourself, however, the amount of work outside of class becomes rather extreme. The course is not recommended.


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Tufts University: Peter Staab - Mathematics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Peter Staab | MATH005 - Intro to Calculus | Mathematics2005-12-16

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Staab is an earthy crunchy individual. He is a nice guy and he is concerned with students understanding of material. His lectures however are mostly composed of going over homework problems from previous nights and therefore, often there is little time to cover new material which means students have to try to understand it on their own. All in all a good course. There are three exams and one final that counts twice as much as an exam. Staab will drop your lowest test grade.

Workload:
The work load really isn't very demanding. There is one homework assignment per night and the assignments usually take no more than 40 min.


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Peter Staab | MATH013 - Calculus III | Mathematics2005-05-17

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Be prepared for an unprepared and confusing professor, he wants his students to understand but is unable to teach in a way that makes that possible. Lectures were often unclear and filled with errors. Large steps of example problems were often cut out, which Staab felt was an effort to make things easier for his students but instead it made his lectures more difficult to follow. The class fell into dangerous cycle where more than half of the class was spent answering homework questions from the night before, which left very little time to learn new material, and thus more questions the next day.

Workload:
The workload should be similar to that of other Math 13 classes, but because of the professor it ended up being much more work than students in other sections. Unfinished lectures left material that students had to teach themselves in order to do well on the exams. Homework every night, 3 tests and one final, same as the rest of the calculus series.


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