Tue Nov 6 13:56:33 2001 : I strongly favour a take-home final. There is less of an element of strategically guessing what is going to be on the exam, a psycological, not mathematical, exercise; the context is closer to that of what mathematicians actually do; and by wrestling with problems over an extended period one gains a deeper understanding.
Excellent class. Your lectures are inspiring.
Tue Nov 6 22:29:17 2001 :
(to Prof. Ribet)
Subject: Return of MathWorld
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 18:48:52 -0800
Probably you know this already: Eric Weisstein's online math
encyclopedia is back where it used to be, at mathworld.wolfram.com,
after being obscured for legal reasons for the last year.
I wrote something (I forget what) to Weisstein a long time ago, and he
was kind enough to put my old email address into a list of "friends of
MathWorld" in the hope that he could eventually notify everyone on
that list that his site was back up!
You might want to mention MathWorld on the 250A mailing list; it
certainly helped me through first undergrad algebra at UCD.
Subject: Re: Return of MathWorld
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 21:06:37 -0800 (PST)
Why not enter this information into the comment box on my 250A
web page? My impression is that students in the class read the
Wed Nov 7 13:50:14 2001 : I would strongly prefer a take-home final. No matter what the restrictions, a take-home final would suck less than sitting with 40 other people in a hot, stuffy room for 3 hours with a big cloud of impending doom hanging over our heads. (i.e., I like to be alone (and well-aerated) in my misery!)
I like everything about the class except for exams. Even category theory has grown on me. Thanks for all your hard work.
Thu Nov 8 18:21:17 2001 : You're one of the best lecturers I've ever seen.
Fri Nov 9 09:04:25 2001 : this week's homework assignment?
Thu Nov 15 18:45:50 2001 : Chu-Wee did a great job today!
Thu Nov 15 21:27:26 2001 : Agreed - Chu-Wee was very clear and taught at a good speed.
Sat Nov 17 11:43:27 2001 : Don't change nothing mr Ribet for this course. A french teacher of Orleans.
Good luck for the students !
Sat Nov 17 12:34:04 2001 : is there homework this week?
Wed Nov 21 01:51:05 2001 : Great lecture today. Thank you.
Mon Nov 26 21:43:43 2001 : Do we get any extra credit if we agree to go see "Lord of the Rings"?
Fri Nov 30 11:10:15 2001 : How about Proof or A Beautiful Mind?
Wed Dec 5 14:46:46 2001 : The average on the second midterm was 16.12, the median was 16 (assuming
I counted the histogram correctly...)
Wed Dec 5 22:13:42 2001 : I think the grading scheme described in your email sounds very good.
Thu Dec 6 11:16:02 2001 : I support the new grading scheme.
Sat Dec 8 17:12:02 2001 : I also like the new grading policy..
Wed Dec 12 13:10:03 2001 : A quick question about the final:
Will we be allowed a page of notes for the final as well? What about the two pages we used in the midterms?
[Answer: two pages of notes are fine. --kr]
Wed Dec 12 20:10:28 2001 :
If you're bored and frustrated with studying, take the
Springer GTM Test.
Mon Dec 17 17:04:41 2001 : Could you post 2 last digits of SID as well?
Mon Dec 17 18:55:26 2001 : Last two digits of SID would be great. Also what is the cutoff for A's,B's,C's going to be? Great Course, thanks.
Mon Dec 17 19:32:13 2001 : May we pick up our finals?
Answer: technically, they belong to the Regents of the University
of California. However, I was told secretly that it'd be ok for you to
pick them up. Math grad students will get them back in their mailboxes.
Tue Dec 18 13:26:32 2001 : Thank you for a great course. It was rough, I struggled quite a bit, but now I feel like I actually know some algebra and will be able to retain it for future use.