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Summary: 20 semesters, 37 course sections, 2005 students. The average course evaluation is 4.13 (5 max) counting each course equally, or 3.99 (5 max) counting each student equally. The average course grade is 2.45 (4 max) counting each course equally, or 2.31 (4 max) counting each student equally.


MATH 150: F12 (section 10)
Materials: Info about the inverted system, syllabus, course materials, final
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "flexible in catering to different student learning styles", "The inverted learning system is effective", "fun", "it took a while to get used to the inverted method"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 2.83 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 150: S12 (section 4)
Materials: Info about the inverted system, syllabus, course materials, final
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "I learned a lot", "SDSU should consider more courses with the inverted method", "I really enjoyed his style of teaching", "very effective"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.34 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 151: F11 (sections 1,2)
Materials: Info about the inverted system, syllabus, course materials, final
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "really enjoyed the group sessions", "made me truly learn the material", "really liked the inverted style", "doing practice problems in class is good", "a bit difficult to transition into at first"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.07 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for lower-division courses was 3.69, and the average for this course was 3.70. Methodology

MATH 151: F07 (sections 5,6,7,8)
Materials: Syllabus, Clicker Quizzes, Midterm (with Solutions), Final Review, Final
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "One of the best math instructors I have ever had", "Subject material brought to life through the teacher", "very helpful", "always very eager to answer questions", "responsive to emails quickly", "He's a great teacher and interesting as well", "If I was an English major, I would write an essay on why this professor is great", "Great professor", "He answered all our questions and wouldn't stop until we understood the topic"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.31 (5 maximum). The overall department average was 3.9, the average for lower-division courses was 3.86, and the average for the other four sections of this course was 3.55. Methodology

MATH 245: S17
Materials: Syllabus, Exam 1 (with solutions), Exam 2 (with solutions), Exam 3 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "just a great teacher", "never wasted a minute of class", "made learning it much easier", "If Discrete Math were as easy on the brain as he is on the eyes I would have easily gotten an A", "he ugly af", "took a boring subject and made it funny", "fast grading", "One of the best classes I've ever had", "book is incredibly great", "Attendance was mandatory, but I would have gone even if it wasn't"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.17 (5 maximum).

MATH 245: F16
Materials: Syllabus, Exam 1 (with solutions), Exam 2 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "funny", "very engaging", "incredible lecturer", "very helpful textbook", "most organized, most efficient course I have taken", "best professor I've ever had", "enthusiastic", "charismatic", "very organized", "extremely engaging", "a bit scary", "students knew what was expected of them to succeed from the very start", "clear syllabus"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.90 (5 maximum).

MATH 245: S16
Materials: Syllabus, Mini Midterm 1 (with solutions), Main Midterm (with solutions), Mini Midterm 2 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "The best professor I have been taught from", "Really enjoyed the class", "really good teacher", "truly was an honor to take this class with a professor like him", "great at explaining concepts", "class is structured very well", "really effective", "good course for anyone willing to put in the effort", "very excellent teacher"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.03 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.09 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 245: F15
Materials: Syllabus, Exam 1 (with solutions), Exam 2 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "Best professor I've had at SDSU, hands down!", "amazing course", "FANTASTIC lectures", "I would take all of my classes with him if I could", "a great class that made me realize why I liked math in the first place", "reviews [on] ratemyprofessor scared me at first, but this is honestly the best math instructor I have ever had", "great professor!", "good lectures and clear class layout", "VADIM ROX MY SOX", "motivated me to continue my studies in [math]", "Professor PONOMARENKO is a god"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.97 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.03 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 245: S13
Materials: Syllabus, Midterm (with solutions), final.
Note to students looking for practice exams: this course used a different style and textbook. It was taught with active learning and little lecture. Some students liked this style, some didn't. Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "The professor should lecture", "Instructor should lecture more", "I wish my other classes were designed in a similar fashion", "I enjoyed the class"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 2.39 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 2.44 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 245: S10
Materials: Syllabus, Exam 1 (with solutions), Exam 2 (with solutions), Exam 3 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very good at motivating his students and instilling genuine interest in the subject matter", "Great teacher!", "highly charismatic, extremely intelligent, obviously a master of his craft, and a major asset to the university", "explained concepts in many different ways"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.88 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 3.95 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 245: F09
Materials: Syllabus, Exam 1 (with solutions), Exam 2 (with solutions), Exam 3 (with solutions), final.
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "awesome teacher", "by far the most well organized and fair class", "take him again without hesitation", "loved the way he taught", "great professor"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.67 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 3.75 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for lower division courses was 3.82. Methodology

MATH 254: F14
Materials: syllabus, supplement, final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "The best math class I have had at SDSU", "great at using examples to make concepts easier to understand", "great professor", "best professor I've ever had", "great teacher", "made me realize I'd like to take more math courses", "as fun as a math class can be", "outstanding professor"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.95 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 254: S14
Materials: syllabus, supplement, final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "Taught extremely well", "Vadim Rocks!", a great class", "Makes the whole class laugh daily", "took tips on his teaching style as I may want to teach in the future", "a great instructor", "very effective"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.18 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for lower division courses was 3.83. Methodology

MATH 254: F13
Materials: syllabus, supplement, final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "Hard class, but great teacher", "I learned a lot", "very helpful", "awesome professor", "Professor Ponomarenko is by far the best", "simplified how to do the problems so they made sense", "Loved him from the first day", "The structure and teaching method of Ponomarenko should be a precedent for future rubrics", "outstanding teacher", "really great jokes", "his voice isn't annoying and his kids aren't ugly"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.82 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 254: F12 (section 1)
Materials: syllabus, supplement, final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very fair and enjoyable teacher", "the instructor is brilliant", "without him, I would not have learn [sic] as much as I did," "great teacher", "this class was amazing", "very organized", "explained the concepts in an easily understandable context", "interesting", "your voice is annoying and your kids are ugly"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.85 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for lower-division courses was 3.53. Methodology

MATH 254: F11 (section 1)
Materials: syllabus, supplement, final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "The best math professor in SDSU!!!!", "Will be my first choice for future classes", "exemplary math professor", "the best math teacher I've ever had", "very helpful", "I loved this class", "best math professor in San Diego state", "Hilarious", "very fair", "this instructor is amazing"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 3.78 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for lower-division courses was 3.69. Methodology

MATH 254: F08 (sections 1,2)
Materials: Syllabus 1, Syllabus 2, Supplement, Final 1, Final 2
Exam: 0/0 1/1 2a/2a 2b/2b 3/3 4/4 5/5 6/6 7/7 8/8 9/9 10/10 11/11 (2 versions of each)
Solution: 0/0 1/1 2a/2a 2b/2b 3/3 4/4 5/5 6/6 7/7 8/8 9/9 10/10 11/11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very fair", "very helpful", "very clear", "excellent teacher", "my favorite professor", "awesome professor", "an asset to SDSU", "truly cares about his students", "I wouldn't have wanted to learn (...) from anyone else", "inspired me"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.33 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.39 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average was 3.90, and the departmental average for lower division courses was 3.87. Methodology

MATH 254: F06
Basic Materials: Syllabus, Supplement, Final
Exam: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7a 7b 8 9 10
Solution: 0 1 2a 2b 3 4 5 6 7a 7b 8 9 10
Class performance on standardized diagnostic questions: 83% right, 13% partially right, 4% wrong. Full Report
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very clear explanations", "the best mathematics instructor I've ever had", "amazing teacher", "the best math teacher I ever had", "great instructor", "he makes the dry subject of linear algebra interesting and, dare I say, fun"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.8 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average was 4.1.

MATH 521A: F16
Materials: syllabus, Exam 1 (with prep and solutions), Exam 2 (with prep and solutions), Exam 3 (with prep and solutions), final (with prep)
Homework: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "one of the best professors", "great", "loved the group dynamic", "very organized", "absolutely love this professor", "really liked how he did group work", "perfectly organized", "stylish", "all expectations were clear", "clear"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.63 (5 maximum).

MATH 521A: F15
Materials: syllabus, Exam 1 (with prep and solutions), Exam 2 (with prep and solutions), Exam 3 (with prep and solutions), final (with prep)
Homework: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "loved this class", "by far the best Math Professor I have had", "great class", "great instructor", "class was fun but challenging", "tough course but very rewarding", "he made the class laugh"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.19 (5 maximum). Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.25 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 521B: S15
Materials: syllabus, Exam 1 (with prep, solutions), Exam 2 (with prep, solutions), Exam 3 (with prep, solutions), final
Homework: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Quiz: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "There are no flaws in this teacher", "Fantastic class and prof.", "He is a fair grader and really knows the material".
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.87 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 522: S14
Materials: Syllabus, Final
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "Love this professor!", "great class", "Made me want to go deeper into number theory", "very fair", "taught so well", "very helpful", "he understands the material very well and presented it in the clearest way possible"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.46 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.51 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for upper-division courses was 3.92. Methodology

MATH 522: S13
Materials: Syllabus, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "professor was great", "a good class", "a fair teacher", "my favorite math professor!"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.32 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.42 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 522: F09
Materials: Syllabus, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "good structure", "great class", "helpful"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.95 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 3.96 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 522: F07
Basic Materials: Syllabus, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very good teacher", "very effective", "He discussed current research trends and how they were related to the material at hand which is very beneficial", "I really enjoyed studying", "I really enjoyed taking this course", "excellent instructor", "One of the best teachers I have seen"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.62 (5 maximum). The overall department average was 3.9 and the average for upper-division courses was 4.0. Methodology

MATH 524: F08
Materials: Syllabus, Final (with Solutions)
Exam: 1 2 3 4 4+ 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Solution: 1 2 3 4 4+ 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "fantastic teacher", "very helpful, "very funny", "a great teacher as well as a great person", "material was tough but he is a really good teacher"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 3.72 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average was 3.90, and the departmental average for upper division courses was 4.02.
Note: The bimodal grade distribution testifies that the student population was quite unusual. The course evaluation standard deviation was 1.39, compared to 0.75 typical for this instructor.

MATH 579: F13
Materials: Syllabus, Handout, Supplement, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Anonymous student course evaluation: 4.44 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.45 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 579: S12
Materials: Syllabus, Handout, Supplement, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "easy to understand", "awesome class", "one of my favorite math professors", "great class setup", "I'm considering switching my major... just to be able to work with him", "wish I could take all of my Math courses with Professor Ponomarenko"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.6 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 579: S10
Materials: Syllabus, Handout, Supplement, Final
Exam: 1-I 1-II 2-I 2-II 3-I 3-II 4-I 4-II 5-I 5-II 6-I 6-II 7-I 7-II 8-I 8-II 9-I 9-II
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "I've learned more from him than any Professor that I can recall", "my favorite class I have had", "very well organized"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.12 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.21 (5 maximum). Methodology

MATH 579: S09
Materials: Syllabus, Handout, Supplement, Final
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "very good professor", "made you think", "fair-minded and extremely effective", "made counting interesting", "fantastic instructor".
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.09 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.14 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average for upper division courses was 3.93. Methodology

MATH 579: S07
Basic Materials: Syllabus, Supplement, Final (I/II)
Exam: I/II I/II I/II I/II I/II I/II I/II I/II I/II
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "outstanding", "excellent instructor", "one of the most well-organized courses I have taken at SDSU", "I really liked this class. It made me learn to think in a completely different way", "I loved this class", "a GREAT lecturer"
Anonymous student course evaluation average on questions about the instructor: 4.7 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average was 4.0.

MATH 601: S08
Materials: Syllabus, Final (with Solutions)
Handout: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8a 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Exam: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "Enjoyed the structure of the class", "extremely helpful outside of class (...) made everyone feel welcome", "I think pure math majors as well should be regularly offered the curriculum we had in this course", "I Love This Teacher"
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.70 (5 maximum). The average on questions about the instructor: 4.72 (5 maximum). The overall departmental average was 4.00, and the departmental average for graduate courses was 4.47. Methodology

MATH 623: F14
Materials: Syllabus, Chapter 0 Exercises, Final
Exam: 1 2
Solution: 1 2
Sample of student comments on anonymous course evaluations: "This particular professor makes me feel like I made the right decision to pursue a mathematics degree".
Anonymous student course evaluation average: 4.51 (5 maximum). Methodology