[Mathmajors] Contributors Needed: UW Math Club Course Review Project
UW Math Club
uwmathclub at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 12:46:45 PST 2012
The Math Club is compiling a list of course reviews for math courses
offered at UW. We are looking for short-article contributions from people
who would like to share their knowledge and experiences about the math
courses they have taken. We have included some guidelines below to better
help you write your reviews. After receiving your initial submissions, the
Math Club will edit and post them on our website.
This repository of articles will benefit everyone: it will be a good
resource for new students looking for advice, for majors hunting for
engaging classes, and for upperclassmen planning for their course schedule
before graduation. So, if you feel that you have particularly enjoyed a
class, why not submit your own review to us? To get your started, we have
included below a few guidelines for writing your article as well as details
on how to submit your work. There is also a sample article up for download
at our Catalyst Dropbox (
We look forward to receiving your contributions!
*Please note*: By submitting your article to The Math Club, you give us the
right to edit and distribute the content on our website. All materials
deemed as inappropriate for public display will be removed by The Math Club
editors. In addition, since your ultimate aim will be focusing on the class
material and advising people about courses that best fit their needs, you
will NOT need to evaluate the instructional style of individual professors.
In other words, do not mention the name of, or include any personal
opinions on the instructors in your article. Finally, you will have the
option to submit an anonymous review; just tell us your preference at the
end of your article.
Here are some guidelines for writing a review article. Note that there is
no word limit on any submissions.
-Information: Include the course number, course title, as well as the
quarter and year in which you took the class. (You will not need to include
the instructor's name).
-Difficulty: Did the class prompt you to think abstractly? Were you
surprised by the material presented or the work required in the class? How
did the class compare to other math classes at UW?
-Material: Give a brief outline of the major topics and concepts presented
in this class.
-Preparation: Were the prerequisites sufficient preparation for the
material presented? What other topics would you suggest for review?
-Applications: Was there enough emphasis on practical applications, such as
practice on calculations and/or demonstrations of examples taken from the
-Level of Mathematical Rigor: Did the Instructor/TA accept informal
reasoning in homework? Did the class require students to write formal
-Textbook(s): What is the class textbook's price level (high/medium/low)?
How do you think of the quality of exposition in the text? Is the book
worth keeping as a reference text?
-Homework: How many hours per week/day did you devote to class homework?
Did the difficulty and the amount of the homework make you feel challenged,
overwhelmed, or stressful? Did the instructor require or allow students to
submit homework via the web?
-Office Hours/Exam Prep: Were there review sessions before midterms/finals?
Were the scheduled office hours sufficient for your needs?
-Supplementary Material: Did the instructor provide related material, such
as web articles and handouts, or suggest related books?
At the end of your article, please remember to specify whether you want to
include your name in the article, or to remain anonymous. (If you do not
provide your name to us, we assume you choose the latter option).
Please submit your articles to the Catalyst Dropbox located at:
The file format of your articles can be .doc, .txt, or .pdf.
For any questions, please email us at uwmathclub at gmail.com
Elizabeth, Jerry, Mohammad, Dylan and Dan
University of Washington Math Club
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