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Instructor: Michael Furuto

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MATH135, Spring 2014
MATH135, Spring 2014
MATH242, Spring 2014

Michael Furuto: MATH135, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: General Education
Course: MATH 135 - Pre-Calculus Elementary Func Crn (Section): 69262 (1)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.55 12 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 9 (75%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
Taking this course made me realize that I do enjoy math and would like to take higher level courses and possibly change my major.
It has taught me how to apply the equations and function to everyday life situations.
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It made me realize Math is my strongest subject and I enjoy it more than other subjects.
This course really helps build a strong mathematical foundation that allows me to be confident when solving math problems.
It helped me understand the basics of pre calculus leading up to calculus 1
It helped me gain more knowledge about math.
This course was a great way for me to continue taking a Math course, although I do not need this course for my major/concentration, I did learn a lot from being here.
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3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
2.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
I really enjoy the class
Nothing, the resources were fine.
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How math can be used in real life.
Personally I thought all the resources and activities were really useful and effective in the success of this course.
media learning.
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6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.08 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
11. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
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none, I believe the class is run smoothly and if there are any discrepancies than he's more than willing to accommodate you.
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None, great teaching styles and the course was fair.
I liked Professor Furuto's teaching method because the lecture and on the board style lets students know exactly what they should learn.
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Use more traditional style learning, so students can process new information before jumping into foreign math.
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17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is a very good teacher and he teaches in a way that is very easy to understand.
Michael Furuto is a man who is passionate about his career and is more than willing to spend the extra time to help his students with any questions.
Excellent.
Great teacher! Easy to talk to, cared about our standing in the class, and always asked if we had questions about homework.
Professor Furuto kept the class engaged and made it easy to understand math. I enjoyed taking the class from professor Furuto
He is an amazing teacher. He puts use to all the time of the lecture and gives a thorough lecture for each section.
Good, got involved with my work and helped when I needed it.
Furuto is a great professor. I enjoy learning from instructors like him. He has a passion for the subject and teaches the material in a way where I find myself being passionate about math as well. I would like to take future courses with him again.
Great!
Nice and easy to understand in class.
18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This course was a good review for me but also challenged me with new material I did not learn yet.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge of math and have always wondered how to apply what we learn to everyday life.
Excellent.
The course had a fair amount of information to be learned.
that it helped me understand math better and feel more confident when solving mathematical problems
This course is challenging but fun at the same time. The amount of work in the class could be tedious but it's all worth it in the end.
Challenging.
This is a great course to take, I feel I now know the material I need to continue to strive in math.
Was an intimidating course for me, and worried about it a lot in the beginning of the semester. But the course was fun to take, and the professor allowed the class to be interesting and easy to understand the course content.
If you put in the hours, you will do well in class.
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I enjoyed having Professor Furuto! He is very laid back and explains things very well. He is always there for help and made math a little more enjoyable and easier to learn. He didn't go too fast, and always made sure everyone was on the right track before moving on.
N/A
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Michael Furuto: MATH135, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: General Education
Course: MATH 135 - Pre-Calculus Elementary Func Crn (Section): 69263 (2)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
I didn't see any relationship in the content of this course with my major (CENTS). However, this class was a great opportunity for me to test my self. Math 135 with Furuto has enhanced my critical thinking skills immensely. I was taught how to think outside the box and become a responsible worker.
Helped me re-learn things, and taught me important new methods
this course brought back a lot of joy i once had for math.
N/A
Hopefully I'll be able to move on to a higher math class next semester and have the tools from math 135 to successfully complete the next math course.
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It really helped me understand math a bit more, like previous math topics that I've had a hard time with, I have a bit more understanding of them.
Iʻve learned more within MATH 135 than I have in any other math class Iʻve ever taken. I feel like Iʻve gained so much knowledge during this semester and that feels great!
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3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
2.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
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Less homework
n/a
I feel hard copy homework assignments would have improved my learning.
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There were many useful resources in this course. Nothing needs to be added.
More games? Math related games of course.
Resources that could be added to this course in order to improve student learning would be a student leader/peer leader. I feel that having a someone there who had already completed the course would be very helpful.
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6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
3.54 13 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%) 2 (15%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
11. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
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Less homework
n/a
I feel that there should be more extra credit opportunities, and that there should be more in class reviews before exams.
A
The homework on mymathlab became a little outrageous. 40 questions having 4-7 separate questions inside is too much, not many students have that much time to complete that much work.
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Professor Furuto's teaching style and methods are very effective and I really appreciated this about him. I am not usually very strong at math, but Professor Furuto understood this and explained every topic in the simplest way. He definitely made me feel more confident about my math skills.
The only thing I would suggest is that maybe he could work on his time management? It's not too bad but sometimes I would be a little late to my next class but my other professors are alright with it because it's only a minute or two.
Michael Furuto is great. I love that he mixes independent study with group work in order to stress the new material.
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17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Professor Furuto is a great teacher; very polite and easy to approach. You can easily see that Michael is knowledgeable with the content. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs it
Good
Great experience, would def recommend and take more of his classes.
My overall evaluation of Michael Furuto is that he is a very nice instructor who understands materials well and is very reasonable to talk to.
A
great professor, very helpful
He's a really good teacher and gives you all the tools you need to do well in his class.
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He is an excellent professor! I would recommend him to any future student. He took care of any questions that the class had and made anything that was unclear very understandable. He is also very relatable, which was important for me, because I tend to have a greater sense of respect for teachers who are down to earth and have no problem showing their true colors.
He is a very nice professor. Easy to talk to. When I didn't have my homework because I forgot my binder, he was okay with me showing him next week.
He is awesome! Probably my most favorite math teacher
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18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I am satisfied and content
Good
great
My overall evaluation of this course is that it was very challenging and there was too much materials being taught in such a small window of time.
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This course was challenging at times, but everything that you needed to know was easy to attain. As long as I studied and paid attention in class, I was able to do well in the course.
It helped me learn a lot of things that I previously learned but gave me a better understanding. It's like transitioning my math skills into college level because I only knew how to do it in a high school way.
I really liked this class. Professor Furuto made everything so easy to understand, I really enjoyed class every day.
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21. Other comments:
none
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Michael Furuto: MATH242, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: General Education
Course: MATH 242 - Calculus II Crn (Section): 69265 (1)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
This course has kept my passion for learning math alive and is sure to help me as I advance in the very near future.
It taught me a lot about Calculus and different ways I would be able to use Calculus in everyday life.
It gave me higher math analytical skills that I may need in the medical field.
Will help for my major, Civil engineering
problem solving
This course helped me understand complex thinking skills and proper time management
This course was able to help me think out of the box for problems that I wasn't able to solve in a conventional way.
3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
2.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
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Maybe a different approach when doing review days to get ready for an exam.
Examples during lecture pertaining to the material in the homework should be added. Current examples are too simple to be applied to what was encountered in the homework.
Utilizes Power points, self-solving, and lecturing very well.
more review
More practice problems during class
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Try to incorporate fun ways to learn the material if the lesson is too difficult to teach.
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6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
3.56 9 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
11. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
He does a great job at doing examples.
As previously stated, examples that are more similar to what is given in homework.
Utilizes Power points, self-solving, and lecturing very well.
less material in one test
not to use power-points too much. I feel more comfortable you writing material on the board
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17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
He is an excellent teacher, and both in the classroom and out, heʻs there for his students and wants nothing more than for them to succeed and live on to their full potential. Heʻs very knowledgable, and despite the complexity of calculus II, he teaches in a way we can understand.
Great teacher!
He is an effective professor that nurtured a friendly classroom and helped us grasp difficult concepts in Calculus.
I think Professor Furuto is a great teacher that really cares about the students succeeding. He always leaves his doors open. He explains math in the most uncomplicated way possible and answers questions whenever we have any. He creates a great work and learning environment.
great teacher
He is an excellent math teacher and will do all that he can to keep the classroom in an uplifting mood, while making sure his students are understanding chapter content
Great instructor, he really wants his students to do well in his class and cares enough to always be there whenever we need help. Does not intimidate the students, instead he makes the students feel comfortable so that we would want to keep trying to do our best and not give up. Just need to work on briefly explaining the concepts of the chapter/section and get to doing more problems so that we can be more prepared for the challenging exams.
Dr. Furuto is overall a good teacher who knows his material well. I can tell that he really enjoys what he teaches. While his tests are hard, he is always available to students.
18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Wonderful! Iʻm glad to have taken this course, and with him as the professor, Iʻd gladly take it again. The content is very complex, but itʻs also a very fun class.
A good class, but difficult to keep up in.
It was difficult but I actually enjoyed being in class.
Great course! I will continue to Math 243
good
This course was one of my most difficult course I've ever taken, however I still enjoyed it and i was able to understand more in calculus
This is a difficult course that requires a lot of practice in addition to understanding the concepts. But it is not an impossible course to do well in just as long as you do as much problems as you can before it's time for the exam. And doing the study guide problems help prepare you for the types of questions that may be on the exam, since they're worded the same way and has the same difficulty level as the actual exam questions.
This course was difficult, but I really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and how the pace of the class is just right.
21. Other comments:
Keep up the good work Dr. Furuto!!! :D