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Thin Shells

January 05, 2018

Dasgupta, Gautam
Thin Shells

The class this semester was pretty small, less than 10 students, and literally not one single person in the class was able to follow his "teaching." Everyone was too intimidated to ask him questions in class, and no one had any idea what he was saying--I'm not talking about his accent or his ability to speak English, which were fine, standard for an engineering professor--I'm talking about his ability to convey basic principles either by diagram, on the whiteboard, or verbally. This ability I would rate a 0/10. He is unable to comprehend the intent of questions, and thus is unable to answer them--in sum, he is not a teacher. He CANNOT TEACH. He should not be employed as a professor, but there it is.
There's no point in taking his courses. His choice of textbook is also several decades behind the times. He's a sexist b@Stard as well. Class was mostly guys, so it didn't matter too much, but something to bear in mind if you're a girl.
Don't take his class--buy a textbook with solution manual and teach yourself the subject. You will learn much more this way.

Workload:

take home exams. He purposely does this so he will not have to explain to administration why every student fails exams. Everyone cheated on the take home exams. (I did not, for the record. But there's widespread cheating on his exams.)

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