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Modern Analysis I

June 08, 2019

Guo, Bin Silver_nugget
Modern Analysis I and [MATH V4062] Intro to Modern Analysis II

I thought Professor Bin Guo did a great job. It's a really hard class that I would not advise taking for fun, and you need to attend lecture, do the homework, get help, and study to stay afloat, especially second semester. You also really need to ask questions in lecture. Otherwise, he will keep rolling through the proof, leaving you half an hour behind.

The tests were really hard, which allowed him to grade fairly with a gorgeous curve. I warn that what he calls "easy" is easy FOR HIM, not for me anyway.

I disagree with the comment written below that he can barely talk and smile at the same time and find that more likely an inappropriate reaction to his accent, which was a little hard for me to follow at first, but I figured it out, especially because he writes everything on the board. He does follow the textbook pretty strictly for the first semester but leaves it completely for Lebesgue Theory in Analysis II, which makes lecture absolutely necessary.

Workload:

TONS of studying for the tests
Only two homework problems/week are mandatory and graded lightly, but the rest are necessary for the tests, and some can take a while if you don't figure out the trick
Didn't need to read the textbook because he went through it in lecture

July 06, 2006

Thurston, Dylan
Modern Analysis I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Another one of those smart-guy-horrible-teacher types. The way he explains concepts and proofs may be intuitive to him, but are usually inaccessible to most of the students in class (except for those who already know the material). On top of that, it is difficult to follow both his speech pattern and his boardwork. He stutters a lot; his boardwork is as broken as his speech. And even further on top of that, he doesn't hand out any of Gallagher's old lecture notes. The book roughly matches his own curriculum at best. This is a great course to take, but just not with him.

Workload:

Not too many problem sets, a midterm, a lit-review type paper, and a final. All are usually challenging.

November 13, 2004

Gallagher, Patrick Silver_nugget
Modern Analysis I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Be very careful about taking this class. As an econ major, I heard that it was important to take this class to get into grad school--but the level of abstraction here crushed me. Don't take this class unless you have a very strong background in mathematical theory, and love memorizing proofs. Although he seemed to be a very good lecturer, the material was way over my head, and I had to drop.

Workload:

Almost nothing. The midterm was essentially a test of how well you remembered the proofs.

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