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

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.

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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