Matei Machedon

32 reviews
Average rating: 3.53




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MATH411

Expecting a B
Anonymous 01/09/2019
He explained the concepts pretty well and his exams were similar to practice problems and previous exams. He was helpful during office hours as well.
MATH341

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 03/29/2018
He is an average profession with average expectations. He does want the best for his students, but lectures can be boring. Some topics he does not explain in depth enough for students who are new to certain topics.
MATH246

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/04/2014
Machedon is a decent teacher. He tends to drone on and is extremely vague in his explanations in class. I don't feel like I gain very much from going to lecture. That being said, his expectations are very reasonable. His tests are fair, as are the quizzes. You can learn it all from the internet and by doing the problems from the textbook before the tests. He puts a relatively small emphasis on matlab, which I appreciate because I've never really been taught matlab and feel like i have no idea how to use the software. I'd suggest you take matlab if you want to put minimal effort into this class and you don't expect to gain much of an understanding of the material out of the experience.
MATH246

Expecting a B
cblumenf 11/05/2014
Machedon's lectures are boring and his accent and handwriting can be hard to understand at times. The tests were pretty difficult and the textbook was hard to understand and in my opinion focused too much on derivations rather than how to get solutions to problems. He does curve the class about 10% which is helpful.
MATH246

Expecting an A-
parade 07/31/2014
Overall, not a great lecturer, he goes through the material quite fast and is not great at explaining things. Using the online notes by Levermore supplemented with Paul's notes plus the occasional patrickJMT/Khanacademy youtube video was enough to get me through most of the material. I also had a fantastic TA (Jacky Chong), definitely take him if available, he's kind of eccentric but really knows his stuff! His tests are quite fair not easy but not impossible either.
MATH246

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/28/2014
Taking Diff Eq with Machedon, I only went to class for his assessments (3 quizzes, each a week before each of the 3 midterms), and instead of going to class taught myself from the online textbook. Before each assessment, he sends out an email reminding you about it, which sections it covers, and usually a few hints about its content. They were all fairly straightforward, though the midterm with LaPlace was bad, an average of 59, the other two exams had B averages. He curves significantly at the end, 10% for me. The matlab was not bad, and only was on one exam, unlike some other Diff Eq teachers. Paul's Online Notes are great for when the textbook is too wordy.
MATH246

Expecting an A
kingpinchimp 01/24/2013
I loved taking DiffEQ with Machedon. He is really friendly (the friendliest professor I've had). While the material can sometimes be unclear during lecture, he is approachable and you can clear up the issues you have. Some of the differences in reviews may have been the different TA's that we had. I had Summer as my TA and she was fantastic, and always explained everything clearly that Dr. Machedon may have been unclear on. Those with the other TA may not have had that and thus were unable to clarify a few things. As far as tests go, they are on a curve and fair for the most part. The only issue is the one trick question he likes to put on each test. If you get lucky its only worth a few points, but on one for us it was worth 20/100 and very few people actually knew what to do.
MATH246

Expecting a B-
Anonymous 12/21/2012
Dr.Machedon isn't the best teacher, but he makes up for it. His grade curve for the class is awesome! Automatically, above a 50% is a C- . Then the rest of the grades are determined based on how well the rest of the class did. Averages were real low for first 2 tests, but the 3rd test was ridiculously easy. But by choosing to take Machedon, prepared to get demolished on the final because the other teacher makes up the majority of the test. As a person, Machedon is probably the nicest math teacher, in which he is always willing to help you and clarify things. So if you don't understand somethin, just stop by his office during office hours and you'll be good.
MATH410

Expecting an A
dfarias 12/19/2012
Dr. Machedon is a great professor! He is really nice and always approachable. It is clear he cares a lot about teaching, and enjoys congratulating students for getting certain problems correct. He teaches very well, and often presents material in a better way than the book. His tests tend to require true understanding of the material instead of memorization, though many questions are "tricky". The test averages for 410 were very low, but he understands this and curves the class fairly in the end. I would highly recommend him as a teacher. You will end up understanding the class material extremely well at the end of it all.
MATH246

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/13/2012
This review is more about Machedon's class than his teaching. I never really went to lecture so I can't say whether or not he was good. But he drops 5 out of 15 hwk. We had three exams and one was extremely easy, the other two were fine and definitely doable. I would advise taking his class if you usually don't go to lecture because you can teach yourself from the book and still get a good grade in this course.


Expecting a B
zionismisracism 12/10/2012
The folks below me who are complaining about machedon this semester have nothing to complain about. I am a B student in math (I have even got a C once a long time ago) and this class is a joke. His first and third exam were a total joke, almost 10 people in my section got a 100 percent on the last exam(me included, and I bombed the second exam). His second exam (the one with laplace) was killer for me, but overall this class is very easy. One of his problems on the second exam was even from the homework! (and yet stupid people like me still missed it). Machedon is an incredibly nice and funny professor (Love his accent!). Those who fail in this class don't belong in engineering. I see people who get 7% on the first exam, where they ask basic diff eq calc (separable equations). idiots. Master laplace transforms and everything else should be a joke.
MATH246

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/03/2012
I have to agree with the review below this one. I am a good student who is pretty good at math (Usually get A's) but as a teacher Machedon is not very helpful. He is a nice guy, but he doesn't really teach important concepts.. he gets more caught up on the details of the material. I have never really intentionally skipped a class before this one, but reading the dense book was more helpful than attending lecture. And that says something especially for a math textbook. I wouldn't recommend him as a professor for this class :/
MATH246

Anonymous 11/06/2012
Machedon is a really nice man, and he seems to genuinely care about his students, but he is not a great teacher. His handwriting is difficult to read and his lectures are not very well-organized. He runs through lessons very quickly, and I personally find it difficult learning Diff Eq from him. I have watched Khan Academy videos and have had to read sections in the textbook (which is mediocre) repeatedly just to catch up to him. I'm also really confused by the comments about his tests being really easy. I guess he's changed his test format since then, because his tests are so ridiculously and unnecessariy complicated. They're long for a 50-minute time period, and the questions are far from direct. I've done all the homeworks and recommended practice problems and I feel like they don't help me with the tests at all. For the first exam, the average was around a 67/100. He does curve the tests, but if you score under a 50, you're out of luck. This seems like a fair grading system at first, until you realize how much the TA's don't like giving out partial credit.
MATH240

Expecting a B
Anonymous 04/06/2011
If you have a TA named Safa, switch out immediately. He grades homework very randomly (takes random points off for not having "neater handwriting", when both he and the professor write in hieroglyphics). The class overall is not too terrible, but there was no curve and I got a B because of the TA's grading based on neatness and quantity of the work you show as opposed to the correctness. If you turn in 10 pages of work, you get a perfect score. If you turn in 2 pages, but get the right answer, you lose points for "not showing enough work"
MATH240

Anonymous 12/16/2010
Excellent professor. Lectures are good. He does a lot of examples. And exams are very easy. If you attend all his lectures and do all the hw, there's no reason for you to not get an A.
MATH246

Expecting an A
terp315 07/28/2010
The median grades for the 3 exams in my section: 80/100, 94/100, 98/100. Seriously, they were that easy. Professor Machedon was a very efficient lecturer, so as long as you paid attention in class there was little to no reason not to do well. The final was apparently written by the other professor but I didn't find it that difficult at all. Just review the homeworks and you'll be fine.
MATH246

Expecting an A+
keyoung 06/01/2010
I found Machedon to be an excellent teacher as well as a great guy. His lectures were clear and very focused. He taught very straight forward, only covering subjects we needed to know and talked about theory only a few times. He was approachable and responded well to students concerns. His hws were helpful and exams were basically hw problems. Try to take a class with him.
MATH246

Expecting a B-
mikhail 05/22/2010
Sooooooo... His exams are easy, nevertheless, final exam will bring you back to earth. So just be prepared. Other than that he is a very good math professor. I Recommend!
MATH246

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/18/2010
His tests are a joke. The only thing is if you make one mistake it could cost you. Final was unfortunately not written by him, so that was a bit rough. However, if you have the option, definitely take Machedon.
MATH246

Expecting an A
armantheman 05/09/2010
Diffeq is a joke with him, take it with him.
MATH461

Anonymous 05/05/2010
Personally, I love Matei. He is very approachable and helpful, but the reason I gave him a 4/5 and not 5/5 is because to be truthful he is not particularly user-friendly at times. This is because he has handwriting that American students aren't used to, i.e. cursive, and he doesn't write all that largely. He does indeed have a Russian accent, but it's not difficult to understand after the first class or so...but then again, I know many non-native speakers and may just be used to it.
MATH461

Expecting an A
Fargalas 03/27/2010
I've taken Math461 and currently 246 with Machedon. No joke, as others have said, he is pretty much the nicest guy in the whole CMPS college. He really goes out of his way to explain things outside of class if you want extra help. His exams are fair, homework is generally minimal(in collection, at least), but covers what you really need to know. You will definitely want to do something extra, or review that homework, if you expect to understand the material, though. He does have an accent, but it's not hard to understand, and he really does lecture excellently. I'm really hoping to have more classes with him in the future.
MATH461

Expecting an A
talonstriker 12/19/2009
Aliesh pretty much nailed it. The guy is a brilliant professor and an overall nice guy. The 1 homework per week is a bit annoying, only because I hate going to discussions. The exams will be easy if you understand the practice exams and attend the review sessions. In every exam, 70% of the points will be for basic problems that are absolutely pre-requisite. The next 20% is a bit more challenging but not too hard. 10% will be hard as ajkhdajlkshd. He uses this to weed out people who actually understand the material and those two regurgitate formulas well (such as myself). The final was incredibly hard for those who didn't do the practice exams. Those who did the practice exams, found it a cakewalk.
MATH461

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2009
His class was a bit too easy in hindsight, but seeing as this was my last semester here and I was juggling a job, interviews, research and coursework, it's probably a good thing. Machedon knows his audience; if you take him for a general level math or engineering course (200 level and 461 etc) he is NOT really going to challenge you very much. If you take him for a pure math course, however, he will expect a lot more out of you. He assigns homework every week which I essentially copy pasted from the solutions manual (many times without looking twice at it) and there was one laughably easy MATLAB assignment. Aside from being incredibly intelligent, Matei is a really nice guy and it will come across clear as day the moment you are in class with him. He is devoted to the subject and if you put in an effort, it will be rewarded. Not a bad class, but I would have liked a bit more of a challenge.
MATH246

Anonymous 11/14/2009
I can't believe how many good reviews there are of this professor! He just down right does not know how to teach. You MUST go to lecture to even try to have a shot at a good grade and it is impossible to get an A. Whoever the other professors are take them, cause they have to be better then Machedon!
MATH461

guru 10/01/2009
Sometimes lectures are difficult to follow but the fact that he is probably the nicest professor you will ever meet makes up for it. If you ever need extra time on homework or something just talk to him he'll probably allow you to do so. Sometimes he requires you to solve matrix equations using tricks that he teaches in class, so go. FYI his final was also somewhat difficult.
MATH246

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/29/2008
Not the best teacher but the material is not that hard. If you read the book you should have no problem grasping the concepts with the help of your TA's, dont expect much help from the professor. Grading is fair, if you get higher than 50%, you get a C. Then the passing grades are divided up
MATH461

Anonymous 12/22/2008
The lectures are at times tough to understand, but overall a decent lecturer. There was very little MATLAB for this course and his exams were usually pretty fair.
MATH461

aleish 12/19/2008
Professor Machedon definitely knows what he is talking about and while he does have an eastern European accent, his diction and grammar is better than almost any native English speaker that I know. I can understand every word, it is just not as easy on the ears as Sean Connery. In this class, the homework assignments are graded by the TA's and we have two mid-term exams and a final. The material comes across as abstract and without applications, but I realized that he is giving us is the theory and we will apply it in later engineering classes. The material is also very different from previous math courses because a lot of it cannot be visualized, which made it difficult for me at first. But with study and practice it is not impossible to do well on the exams. I am glad that I took this class. Also, the author of the book has video lectures on iTunes U and on the MIT website, where there is also other practice material. This is extremely useful and I would definitely recommend using this resource!! I decided not to take MATH240 because it met almost everyday, whereas 461 only has lecture twice a week.
MATH461

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2008
I wasn't a fan of his teaching style but his exams were generally easy. No quizzes and his grade breakdown was fairly simple. The book he uses is horrible. If you could take the other professor Lay, I would. His exams were really straight up but his final was difficult...so conceptual.
MATH246

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/19/2008
Even though he has a thick accent and horrible handwriting, go to class and just see what you're supposed to know. The written homework is not graded, but you should do it because it's the best way to prepare for weekly quizzes. The TAs do really good jobs at explaining stuff from lecture but it's not enough. Exams are fair but MATLAB hw was a bit hard.
MATH246

Anonymous 04/22/2008
Very very confusing when he teaches, but you should go to the classes and try to just get the general flow of what is going on because you have to make it click during discussion because there is a quiz almost every week. he often goes ahead in the book right before tests when it would be better if he just reviewed. he is bearable but if you don't understand make sure you go to your ta and the matlabs for this class are horrible