What were the instructor’s strong points?
She obviously enjoyed what she was doing and tried to make it
accessible in theory and outside applications.
She was very energetic and kept trying to get us interested in
Extremely knowledgeable and shows extreme interest in the
subject. Interesting lectures on a boring subject. Good control of
She knows her subject very well and really tries hard to make it
interesting for those who won’t be math majors. She makes sure that
you understand it.
Lectures were understandable, teaches well
Readily available outside of class, very welcoming, able to
explain calculus clearly.
Gave good solid examples for all she taught.
Moon is a great lecturer and really tries to help us understand
this material. Very friendly and kind, as well.
Very interested in helping her students love math, attentive,
clear, interesting, demanding
Lectures, very interesting. I felt like she really cared about
math and her students. Very enthusiastic.
Outstanding lecturer, captivated my attention, I’m a non-math
person, obviously really passionate about math.
Staying energized while giving lectures.
Very helpful outside of class—she was great!
Strong command of subject, available outside or class, genuine
interest in students and learning.
Clear, organized, intellectually rigorous, proved theorems,
motivated us to study higher math. Showed interesting applications
of math/calc, drastically changed my attitude towards math,
accessible, thoughtful, great teacher.
I think she is really interested in what she’s teaching and
spends a lot of time researching stuff to make it interesting for
Very enthusiastic, clear, rigorous. Understandable, yet
Gave very interesting classes and was very enthusiastic,
obviously went beyond the basic course material.
Very thoughtful and energetic, interested in both the subject
matter and her students.
Very willing to work one-on-one, outside of class, at the level
you are starting out, in order to get you up to the level of the
Moon was always very passionate about teaching not only
fundamental and theoretical calculus but also numerous applications.
She is one of the best math teachers/instructors I’ve learned
Related everything she taught to our interests, concentrations,
nature, etc. Showed calculus is truly everywhere, and made me
appreciate its wonders. I mean it.
Moon is an engaging teacher, she is amicable, she encourages
questions, she teaches both arithmetically and geometrically and she
challenges her students to really grasp the material.
Moon’s awesome. She’s enthusiastic and committed.
Great overall, she was enthusiastic, well-organized, and
She was able to take very complex subject matter and make it
understandable and interesting.
Really interesting and clear.
What were the instructor’s weak points?
The course was a little fast.
The level of work (homework, quiz, extra credit) was at times
outranging the normal (average) level of a calc. II class.
Exams too hard and the homework problems also.
Test questions were sometimes a jump up a little too high from
Went really fast sometimes.
Sometimes her lectures are confusing—it can be a challenge to
keep up with her and understand.
Not enough answer sheets.
I felt like the homework sometimes referred to stuff we hadn’t
learned yet but would learn after turning in the work.
Sometimes she seemed to lose her patience when too many questions
Sometimes she was unnecessarily curt.
Sometimes I didn’t understand in class—yet she was always
She isn’t teaching 150s this spring. Much wailing and gnashing of
teeth over here…
Sometimes went too fast in showing us a proof or something. She
did ask if we all understood, but we were “soaking it all in”
She thinks everyone’s a genius (only b/c she is) so class is
Tests sometimes were much harder than homework.
It seems she sometimes lost patience with us too quickly when we
had problems comprehending something.
Exams were tough.
Would you recommend this instructor to others? Please
Yes, she’s a thorough, accessible teacher.
Yes, she does as much as she can to make sure you understand the
Yes, if they are not here to take it easy but actually are
excited and willing to learn calc.
Neutral—she teaches well, but I don’t think in order for us to
learn the concepts well, isn’t necessary to make the exams as
Yes, I would recommend Moon enthusiastically to others b/c she is
overall a great Calculus teacher.
Yes, particularly if you are interested in Math. She’s a
Yes, I enjoyed class.
Depends on what the person is looking for in a teacher.
Yes, she is very good.
Yes, absolutely one of the best classes I have taken. More
interesting than my concentration!
Yes, see above. Also, able to work with people of all
levels—patient and clear in explanations, able to interest people
who excel in math.
Yes, you definitely learn the concepts of calculus and
Yes, she is easy to relate to, enthusiastic, receptive to
feedback, and very cool.
Yes, she will make you love calculus. It’s not an easy class, but
to be taught by a teacher who is really excited about calculus and
teaches well is rare.
Yes, her lecture presentation skills are unsurpassed, she is very
helpful, and she challenges you to really understand the
Yes, just great.
Yes, good teacher, very dedicated.
What aspects of the course would you retain?
General math knowledge.
Everything, as they are needed for my concentration.
Perhaps the econ application.
Keep mostly the same.
Everything was fantastic.
Certain applications—not how to do them but how they are
Hopefully all. Especially log and e, integrals, mean value
The applications and some of the theory behind concepts.
The conceptual stuff, some of the useful computational tools.
Problem solving skills, how to look at the single mathematical
idea in multiple ways.
Many of the unusual math examples given.
A sense of proofs, weird applications of Math.
Her lectures and teaching style were great.
What do you think should be changed?
The 150’s sequence is too close to high school—nothing new is
reached in the first 2 quarters.
Same amount of homework but in higher frequency.
I believe it’s fine the way it is.
I am still not sure how I will use this class for anything other
than to satisfy core requirement.
More conceptual homework.
I think the course was great, I can’t think of anything that
should be changed.
Make it a bit easier.
Allow instructor more direction in the order they present tops
(e.g. let e and ln be introduced earlier)
A more helpful book would be extremely useful.
Tests were very hard.
Would you recommend this course to others? Why?
No, too similar to other courses.
Yes, it’s not too hard, but still challenging.
Yes, b/c it’s necessary for the knowledge of calculus.
Yes, provides a very good level of calculus, challenging but not
Not the hell I imagine 160’s could be, and Moon is also a very
good teacher overall.
Yes, good to know math.
Yes, a math class rests on the instructor—a bad instructor can
easily demolish one’s interest in the subject—so I’d recommend the
class with Moon as the instructor. I’d be afraid of taking it with
It depends—it is very interesting but very hard.
Yes, Duchin makes math seem like something other than numbers and
computations. Math is everything but.
Yes, interesting material.
Yes, instructor is very interesting and seems to know a lot about
not only math, but also other fields in which math is used.
Yes, because Moon Duchin is a phenomenal teacher!
Yes, calculus is awesome, just better than Chem.
Yes, for reasons mentioned before. She will teach anyone well.
She will go out of her way to explain things. I feel very
comfortable emailing her, coming to office hours, etc..
Yes, one’s math skills are seriously challenged and
Yes, as a Calculus course, this one was surprisingly not
Yes, it is excellent for truly understanding mathematics
conceptually while still learning some useful computational