David Hamilton - University of Maryland

Professor: David Hamilton
Department: Mathematics
College: University of Maryland
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The fact that Hamilton is a COLLEGE PROFESSOR makes me question college all together. I've never hated a professor more than I do Hamilton. I had to drop this class because of the lack of teaching Hamilton provided. Not once did I leave class knowing what was just went over. He doesn't care about you and arguably doesn't care about his job. AWFUL!!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hamilton is not a professor and admits that himself he cannot and will not try to understand why students would be confused. He's disrespectful to students and unresponsive to students questions. His class is doable though, Justin has really good notes that you can learn from. Go to review sessions, practice a lot and his curve will help you out gl
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The only reason Im giving him a 2 is due to his curve and extra credit. His class is passable as his policies allow you to replace exam grades. I had him for both online semesters and boy was it a ride. I did not bother going to lecture as his notes are impossible to follow. Youre better off just reading the book. Exams are kind of hit or miss.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Don't take this prof. You will not end up going to lectures, they are useless. He does not know how to teach even the most basic and fundamental concepts. Then, his exams are ridiculously hard. However, most everyone passes because of the insane curve. He is very disrespectful both in class and through informal mass emails.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
NEVER take this professor. He has awful lecture material, is extremely rude to students, and clearly has no passion or ability for teaching. I recommend you take literally any other professor, regardless of their ratings, before you take ANY course with David Hamilton. Prepare to learn diff. eq. completely on your own with no help from a professor.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This dude is clearly smart but explaining math concepts cannot be for him. He does not recognize himself as a professor but rather as a freaking mathematician. The class is challenging and not your regular math class with support. The Matlab assignments are really hard since they don't teach it to you but in all fairness no one can teach Matlab.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not a good teacher. Period. Avoid at all costs. Dr. Hamilton is a very smart researcher but conveys new material and topics poorly. Furthermore, he often displays a disregard for students and commonly ridicules them in class or indirectly in his very informal emails. In the end you will probably pass, but not understand what you were meant to learn
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
AWFUL. Looking to teach yourself differential equations? Sign up for Professor Hamilton. If not, save yourself the immense amount of stress, frustration, and anger that you will experience if you take this class with him. His notes are next to impossible to understand, offers little help when students ask questions and was VERY unfair with midterms
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
For the ridiculous amount of work I did, it was still not enough to get an A. For very timed test everyone had to use the ADS extra time just to finish. If you actually need extra time on tests for a medical reason, youre screwed. The tests were what you'd expect from a 400 level classical mechanics physics class, but with bad lecturing
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you're reading this bc you have this professor next semester, DROP THIS CLASS. This dude made me want to chug hand sanitizer. He has no idea how to use ELMS, and takes great pride in making his exams harder than anyone else in the math department. MF wrote his own final exam instead of using the MATH241 exam bc the standard exam was "too easy."
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The class was quite difficult and lectures are difficult to follow if you haven't read the chapters yet. Any difficulties were made up for by his generous grading policy.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do NOT under any circumstance take this professor. His lectures are equally extremely boring and impossible to follow. His tests are way more difficult than necessary and he doesnt prepare students for them. The TAs hardly understand how to the matlab hw. I believe that currently the class scale with be everything above 60 is a C.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The man is a high level math teacher and wants us to solve to decimal points instead of leave answers in terms of pi or e. Enough said.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Worst Professor Ever
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Took Hamilton for Math 246 Spring 2020 semester. His lectures are very fast and he rarely stops to take questions. If you miss one step it is impossible to catch up. It did not help when we switched to online classes because of the virus. Not sure how other professors are, but would not recommend his 246 class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH246
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This professor is the worst teacher of math I have ever seen. He begins lectures and goes on his own pace in whichever route he wants and has no regard for the understanding of his students. Spends WAYYYYY too much time on theory and basically no time on doing problems. Gives extremely hard exams for no reason with no curve. DO NOT TAKE HAMILTON!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A lot of extra credit opportunities, if you are good at self studying then this is an easy A. Roughly half my class got an A+.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Does not teach. Instead, he just does problems at his own pace during lecture as he talks to himself. Very hard to keep up with. And matlab was completely pointless and difficult. Also doesn't use Elms, which is very frustrating because you never know your exact grade in the class. Do not take
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
hes super nice in person but the way he teaches does not make sense. He is very hard to understand and he does not have an elms page so you never really know how you're doing in the class. Going to class does not help.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH241
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His lectures are nearly impossible to follow. He always finds the most confusing ways to explain things and does the most confusing/hardest examples in class. So overall his lectures are useless. Homework is decent, usually odd problems from each section. The only positive in my opinion is his tests are fair. Waste of time, would not take again.
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