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Donald Campbell
Professor (2009 – 2010)
Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
Mathematics (MTSU & RODP)
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3.0930***
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Rated by 43 students
2.11
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across 2 classes
Spring Term 2014 Schedule
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MATH 1530
MATH 1630
MATH 1720
MATH 1730
MATH 1810
MATH 1910
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MATH 1730
Pre-Calculus
4****
Dr. Campbell is a really nice, compassionate guy. He wants you to succeed and makes himself available to students that need extra help.

However, he's the kind of guy that's extremely smart and seems to have a hard time dumbing down his language for his students to understand. He wants you to get it, but he can't explain it well.

I recommend Dr. Campbell only to those who have had a strong math background, are naturally talented with math, or are very diligent in studying. You're going to have to teach yourself a lot of the material.

Always do the homework and come in the next class asking questions. You need to be able to understand the problems because that's what he asks on the graded homework and his quizzes.

If you do well on the homework, quizzes, keep a good attendance, and do the bonus, you can opt out of the final. Which is a relief at the end of the semester!

Dr. Campbell is a good guy, I'm just glad I'm relatively good at math or else I don't think I would have gotten an A in the course.



Exams: Dr. Campbell is very lenient in grading. If you don't know how to complete a problem at least try, write something down, show him that you gave it an honest effort, and he'll at least give you some partial credit. He's a really nice guy about that.

The tests were of the exact same type that he assigned us for homework. So when you study, study the problems you did for homework and went over in class.



Homework: He gave daily homework to practice on and you could ask him questions about it the next day if you wanted. There were only three homework assignments that were actually graded and he gave you about a week to complete these assignments.



Textbook: You definitely need the textbook. No questions about it.
Professor rated by: Student on May 4, 2010
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
3***
He does mumble sometimes, but I found him fairly easy to understand. Although, I quite often found myself completely lost during class. We had workshops coordinated by past students at the end of every week, and the grades from the workshops really helped my total grade. I would suggest taking Dr. Campbell. It's a hard class, but I managed to get a "B" even with almost failing every test. So, if you just care about passing this course and not necessarily about understanding all the material, then he is the instructor for you. I'm not required to take Calc. II, and I'm really happy with the results from this class.



Exams: They were super hard. However, he gives a bunch of opportunities for extra credit to raise your exam grades.



Homework: Studying and extra credit problems and homework is assigned but not required.



Textbook: I didn't use it much. You need it if you are planning on working the suggested homework problems. I never had enough time to finish any of the problem sets, and if you have a friend in the class you can borrow them and copy the problems assigned for extra credit. The most useful resource for this class is the math lab.
Professor rated by: Student on January 15, 2008
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MATH 1720
Precalculus II Trionometry
4****
Mr. Campbell is an awesome teacher. He was very helpful-willing to help outside of class, very reasonable with making up exams, and a great sense of humor hiding under that quiet exterior...one day we came to class expecting an exam and he said "we won't be having it, it will be take home" then brought out a cake he had bought for a girl whose birthday it was that day!! Don't miss lecture if possible, do your homework.



Exams: The only way to prepare for these tests is to do your homework..work out the problems at home to make sure you know how to do them when the test comes around rather than teaching yourself how to do them in class because you slept through the last 6 lectures.



Homework: There are 3 homeworks assigned throughout the semester. Bonus problems are given also.

Attendence is not required but if you miss no more than 4 lectures you are given 11 bonus pts to your final grade.



Textbook: Textbook..one word, saving grace. Textbook is required obviously-you will need it on exams, homeworks, bonus problems, to study. Buy it.
Professor rated by: Student on May 5, 2003
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MATH 1630
College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences
5*****
He has a more than fair grading system. If you have enough for a B or A going into the final, you don't have to take the final. He gave us free points, extra credit opportunities, attendence points, partial credit, and bonus questions on the exams. I would think you put very little or no effort into this class if you don't end up with at least a C because it really wasn't that hard.



Exams: They were take-home exams. The final was optional based on your total points. He was very helpful if you asked a question, including a question I asked on an exam where he said he skipped over it, but it was directly in the chapter he told us to read over.



Homework: There were homework assignments that he gives plenty of notice to submit for a grade. He gave back homework by the next class. In addition, he would tell us what he would be looking at for the next class so you could prepare.



Textbook: Only one of the homework problems required the text book to turn in. To understand what he was lecturing on or to do practice, you need the book.
Professor rated by: Student on April 24, 2005
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
2**
I love math! I love to solve a hard problem. It is exciting to me. Dr. Cambell or mr or what ever is the most boring math teacher I ever had! I could not follow his notes and I would fall asleep even if I wasnt tired so I stopped going. I went to his office to ask for help. He was so vague I wanted to slap him. Ive been pretty mad at teachers before but never that pissed. He is just an annoying man. He started out the class but talking about his own person views on guns and religion. It makes me mad that I took him. I did not learn a damn thing. although Zhang was worse. Her english is more distorted than any teacher I have ever met. so between the two I preferred him but honestly you wont learn much from either.



Exams: his typos were annoying and left me to argue with him about it frequently



Homework: a few. stupid. a few extra credits not enough to do much



Textbook: not a lot of homework but in class examples come out of the book. The book makes little sense and is hard to understandwhen explaining a definition
Professor rated by: Student on April 27, 2005
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
4****
Perfect attendance is only for extra credit, so I only showed up for revision and test days only. However, I am a math major student, so the material is not at all new to me.



I think it is a waste for this instructor to teach 1000 level classes. His teaching method and style would benefit upperclassmen much better.



Exams: tests are open textbook (i recall open notes once or twice). and the questions on the tests are generally very similar, if not the exact same, to the examples from the textbook, examples during class and homework questions.



Homework: homework questions comes from the textbook, he takes them up as extra credits



Textbook: I didn't like this textbook, but that's just personal opinion since it didn't fit the way i study. but overall it is rather organized nicely. It is very HEAVY and bulky, but if you do plan on taking Calc 1,2&3, it's a good bargain. I strongly recommend getting the solutions manual that comes with it, not just with this instructor, but any calc class you take at mtsu.
Professor rated by: Student on May 18, 2009
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
4****
He is very sweet and is more than glad to help you outside class. He just mumbles a lot so it's hard to hear him. he knows it's hard so that's why you get to take the tests home. You can even go to his office and ask questions about the take home test and he'll basically tell you step by step what to do.



Exams: he would give you partial credit if you showed your work. If you used your calculator you would just write down the steps you took and he still gave partial credit. he always puts the hardest questions on there even if they weren't covered in class, but they are almost all take home tests and the ones that aren't are open book.



Homework: he always gave you an assignment to do just for practice and then you could ask questions about them. He gave 3 assignments that were graded but they were only 3 or 4 questions long, very easy and you knew they would be graded.



Textbook: very helpful since you sorta have to teach yourself. It's good for working the practice problems.
Professor rated by: Student on December 17, 2004
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
4****
He's really boring and talks the whole time, but he's the slowest-paced professor. Other professors will be on like chapter 4 and he'll be on chapter 2 still. Plus, his tests aren't that bad.



Exams: He gives open book tests. There's three tests that are mandatory; if you have an A or B average than you don't have to take the Final Exam. The tests are highlights of every section he goes over. If he tells you the test is from section 2.1 to 3.1 then make sure you know how to do the basic problems in every section, but not like the hardest ones. He doesn't change too much of the test every year (;



Homework: He usually assigns homework that he doesn't collect because they are just for practice. He gave 3 real Homework assignments throughout the year. Together they counted as 100 points, equivalent to one test. HE GAVE LOTS OF EXTRA CREDIT!!



Textbook: Practice problems, Homework, and extra credit are assigned outta this book. Plus, you get to use that one on tests.
Professor rated by: Student on August 28, 2010
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
5*****
Dr.Campbell is very nice man. He talks very quiet though. He gives quite a few chances for bonus marks throughout the semester as well as extra points on tests if the entire class did not do well. He is willing to help outside of class and eagar to answer any questions you may have



Exams: We were given 3 tests plus the final, but if you had and A or B going into the final you did not have to take it... if the entire class did not to well on a test he would hand them back, let us rework the problems and then hand them int he next day for up to 20 points extra



Homework: There was a fair amount of homework. None was collected since we had a "lab" once a week, where we worked in groups to complete a activity and handed that in for grades



Textbook: I found the textbook very helpful, very supplemental. Though I have had to teach myself from textbooks before (when I had bad teachers) so I tend to use the textbook more then others.
Professor rated by: Student on November 27, 2007
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
2**
Yes, everyone is correct, he does mumble a lot. However, if you go to him outside of class, then he will be more than happy to try to help you understand the material. You may have to ultimately go to the math lab, however, I never needed to. Like I said, he is a nice guy and throws out the final if your overall grade is a B in the course by the time finals roll around. I did not have to take the final. I received a B and believe me with open book tests it is still difficult, but you at least have a chance at passing.



Exams: the test are not difficult if you at least have a clue as to how to set the problem up. All of our test were open book. It just covered SEVERAL chapters.



Homework: He gives bonus problems. You have to work some answers for a bonus. If you don't, then you don't get any extra points.



Textbook: Get it. You will need it. If he still tests like he use to; then you will be able to use the book on exam day.
Professor rated by: Student on December 1, 1999
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
5*****
Dr. Campbell is patient and understanding with students, especially if your math background is weak. The pace of the class varies each week depending on how many questions there are about the homework. Extra credit problems are given throughout the course and you get extra credit if you have good attendance. Make sure you understand a lot of Algebra too as most of the problems require you to know things you learned in Precalculus. Make sure you use the Math lab if you're having trouble.



Exams: The tests are 10 questions and partial credit is given. Make sure you attempt to do all problems.



Homework: Homework is assigned but not graded. Make sure you do your homework and the chapter reviews as he pulls questions from them to form his test problems.



Textbook: You don't need to buy the solutions manual as the publisher makes the worked out solutions available online for free.
Professor rated by: Student on May 12, 2008
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MATH 1630
College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences
2**
He has terrible presentation skills. He mumbles and will lose you in a heart beat. I thought I was going to fail, but since the tests were take-home I managed to pull a C off. Get the solutions book and you'll do better than me. Even though class is terrible and he'll lose you, go to class because you might miss an assignment and he give extra points for not missing a certain amount. He seems like he'd be a strict grader, but he's not that bad. Overall, I don't recommend him if you want to learn, but it is a passable class.



Exams: The material is hard, but since they are take home you can do alright. Ask for take-home tests and he'll usually give them to you. The final was even take-home.



Homework: 3 assignments that were graded.



Textbook: Buy the book and the solution book or you will not pass the class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 24, 2004
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
1*
Professor campbell is probably one of the dumbest professors at MTSU!!! I hated his class and the material that he taught. He is a horrible teacher who couldn't keep the classes attention. He mumbles during the entire class period and writes extremly tiny and sloppy on the board. Even if you ask him a question about the material you wouldn't be able to understand what he said!! DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR, HE WILL RUIN YOUR GPA AND YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!



Exams: We never really had any tests, all he gave us was quizzes and homwork. All the points that you got from the tests and homework added up to your final grade.



Homework: Homework that was out of the book



Textbook: The textbook didn't help out at all. He used it to explain problems and assign homeork, but like I said the book doesn't do any good.
Professor rated by: Student on January 11, 2006
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
4****
When he teaches, it is like watching grass grow. Sit on the front row if you expect to hear him, follow along in the book, take notes (and write down where it is in the book). This guy is not the most helpful teacher, but he gives extra credit and is a nice guy. Just really boring.



Exams: Two out of three (it might have been four) were take home, as was the final (which I didn't have to take), and it was a good thing. All tests, whether take home or not, were open book.



Homework: working four or five problems out of the book, three homework assignments totaling to the weight of one test grade.



Textbook: Textbook was what taught me. Must have this edition because if you don't have the problems, he won't give them to you. Also need Ti-83 Calculator.
Professor rated by: Student on December 28, 2004
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MATH 1630
College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences
4****
He was a very smart teacher and knew what he was talking about. He actually teaches! He is a little old and hard to understand and follow sometimes because he speaks so softly. He never asked if anyone had any questions, you just had to ask. A lot of students wemt to the math lab to learn better. I wouldn't take a class he taught again if I didn't have too simply because it was monatone and a little bouring most of the time.



Exams: He gave you credit for the parts you got right.



Homework: Just regular math homework! Only a few optional problems a night. Most homework problems were for your own practice. He only took up three groups of HW for grades, he would tell you which problems to do and when he was taking it up.
Professor rated by: Student on April 4, 2009
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MATH 1630
College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences
4****
He mumbles a lot. and you need to follow him as he writes because he has horrible handwriting. if you can get another teacher then i strongly suggest you do. if you cant then i wish you the best of luck.





ps math is my favorite subject so if your not strong in math you shouldnt take this class.



Exams: he likes you to write down EVERYTHING. for example one time i forgot to write that X is greater than or equal to 0 and he took off 4 points on a question worth 10.



Homework: 3 homework assignments. allow yourself 3-5 hours to finish. no joke.



Textbook: sometimes he works out the examples in the book. so if you can be so lucky to find the examples in your mess of notes, you should do ok on the tests and homework.
Professor rated by: Student on November 22, 2006
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MATH 1720
Precalculus II Trionometry
2**
He's really a nice person, and blindingly intelligent, but he mumbles, stutters, talks to the board, and speaks in a monotone. I don't think he realizes that what's obvious to him is so hard for us, and tends to go very fast because he assumes we understand what he's talking about. He really knows his math, he just can't explain it very well. DON'T TAKE THIS COURSE unless you're a mathlete or really like teaching yourself.



Exams: They were graded fairly, but very difficult.



Homework: 2 homework assignments, just a few questions from the book.



Textbook: You NEED the text, because you'll be teaching yourself. However, it was also difficult to comprehend, and didn't have nearly enough examples.
Professor rated by: Student on April 20, 2005
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
4****
He is VERY boring, and does take attendance but you do get points for being there. It helps out at the end of the semester I would recommend going every day even though it is like torture. He might be extremely boring but it is possible to do well in the class if you show up, do your homework, and attempt the tests.



Exams: They were open book, NOT open note, and they were difficult but he does give partial credit.



Homework: 3 or 4 problems from the text book, if you went to the math lab you could get it all done and get full credit for it. He does give random bonuses throughout the semester and I highly recommend doing them.



Textbook: I would also recommend buying the solutions manual.
Professor rated by: Student on June 3, 2009
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MATH 1530
Applied Statistics
4****
Even though he is very confusing, he is extremely understanding and will help you as much as he can. He give extra points for everything, and if you miss less than 5 classes he gives an extra 12 points to your grade at the end of the semester. I would take him again.



Exams: His tests were difficult, but he gave credit for everything you wrote even if you got the wrong answer, you still got points for attempting the problem.



Homework: The homework was optional, he only took up two homework assignments and he warned you about them a week ahead of time.



Textbook: He is very confusing so I used the book to reteach myself the material before the test.
Professor rated by: Student on January 3, 2005
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MATH 1720
Precalculus II Trionometry
2**
Eventhough he gives open book and take home quizzes, I did not learn much. Also, if you don't like teaching yourself the material, don't take him b/c he talks to the board, goes fast, and mumbles.



Exams: His tests are pretty difficult, except for maybe the first one, if you are good at trig though they are easy. All were open book and He let us take home 2-3 out of the 5 tests, and if you have at least a C you don't have to take the fifth test (final)



Homework: Some problems out of the book were assigned before tests, and lots of bonus problems



Textbook: The textbook is used on tests, for homework, and it basically taught me, since he did not.
Professor rated by: Student on April 7, 2004
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