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Dennis Walsh
Professor (2009 – 2015)
Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
Mathematics (MTSU & RODP)
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3.8049***+
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Rated by 41 students
3.26
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across 6 classes
Fall Term 2015 Schedule
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MATH 1530
MATH 1810
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MATH 3460
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5*****
MATH 2050 - Calc Based Prob and Stats
Dr. Walsh is a trip. He is a good teacher. He talks about his life and things that have happened recently as well as, or along with, his teaching statistics and probability. If you want a day off from learning... ask him about New Orleans, or his ...
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Professor rated by: Student on 3/26/08
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MATH 1530 - Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
Dr. Walsh was fairly easy but I felt like I learned absolutely nothing, which I would normally be ok with as long as I got an A in the class. At the end of the semester, he decided he would exercise his power as a professor and give us an extremely d...
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MATH 2050
Calc Based Prob and Stats
5*****
Dr. Walsh is a trip. He is a good teacher. He talks about his life and things that have happened recently as well as, or along with, his teaching statistics and probability. If you want a day off from learning... ask him about New Orleans, or his daughter. He will take the time to talk about it. He does accomplish what he needs to accomplish, but doesn't beat you up with having to learn proofs or other technical crap that NON-math majors couldn't give a fart in the wind about.



Talking to others in the class, they did well until the final. The final covered stuff that I had in my notes but we had not had homework.



He gives extra credit throughout the semester. The best was having to watch "statistics" videos online. You watch the video and write up a little review and get a point or so for each. The videos are total 80's and are so funny to watch because of that, but they are informative if you actually watch them. If you don't, they give the needed summary in powerpoint-like slides at the beginning of the video. My recommendation is to watch them... you can make fun of them and laugh. Laughter and Math? How often does that happen?



Exams: Tests were basically the same questions you had seen prior to the test. Just pay attention, take notes, and do the homework he assigns. You will do just fine.



Homework: He assigned homework from the book... just ignore it. If he passed out homework to do... do it. Tests would be taken from it.



Textbook: Just used the textbook to verify I did the problems correctly. Didn't use it much at all since Dr. Walsh explained the steps to do the problems very completely. Just take good notes.
Professor rated by: Student on March 26, 2008
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
1*
Dr. Walsh was fairly easy but I felt like I learned absolutely nothing, which I would normally be ok with as long as I got an A in the class. At the end of the semester, he decided he would exercise his power as a professor and give us an extremely difficult final that took over 2 hours that everyone did horrible on. Every day I dreaded going to his class. Dr. Walsh does not explain things clearly and has a horrible method of teaching. Also, he got frustrated in a few classes and said he was only saying things once that day. Which meant if you didn't understand the ridiculous way he explained it the first time, you were screwed.



Exams: On our very first test, the correct answer to one of the questions was no where in the book, our notes, and he had never discussed it. He wouldn't admit he was wrong and told us he would put that same question on the next test so we could all get it right. That didnt happen.



Homework: none



Textbook: You can definately make it without the text book but sometimes he pulls it out and says to turn to a certain page, but no one does.
Professor rated by: Student on January 4, 2010
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
4****
Dr. Walsh makes the class almost impossible to fail if you put 1/10th of the effort you should into it. A "B" for the course is pretty easy to accomplish.



Dr. Walsh does seem to get lost when he's working problems as examples, though... almost like he's forgotten how to do it himself. DO NOT TAKE NOTES UNTIL HE'S DONE WITH EACH PROBLEM. He's erase like mad.



All-in-all, Dr. Walsh is a laid back guy that tries to make a very boring subject kinda fun. He's a pretty tough grader, doesn't really curve but he is fair.



Exams: Take home tests were generally easy, but the professor is purposefully tricky with multiple choice answers. Nothing too bad here.



Homework: No required work.



Textbook: Any calculus book (old or new) of any edition would work here.
Professor rated by: Student on December 9, 2002
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
5*****
d. walsh is one of the best teachers i have had thus far at this university, in fact in my whole college career. he seems to understand that the majority of us taking this class are not mathmatically inclined, he teaches at a slow pace and if he realizes that we do not understand something he will stay on the subject until we are comfortable with it. he is a very interesting person with an unforgetable cajun accent and happy go lucky demeanor.



Exams: very fair, you must show your work therefore if you make a small mistake with a formula you can get partial credit



Homework: a few extra credit assignments if we wanted to do them



Textbook: graphs, charts, tables and formulas found in the text are crucial to the course
Professor rated by: Student on April 15, 2001
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MATH 2050
Calc Based Prob and Stats
5*****
He is crazy and a great entertainer to keep your attention! He does make easy stuff sometimes more confusing than it needs to be. He's a great person and is hilarious. I'm leaving the class though barely taking any info with me.



Exams: You have to be neat and only include what is needed. He will take off for extra stuff. That's the only way I believe he grades unfairly.



Homework: He never gave homework.



Textbook: We barely used it in class but it is helpful in the take home quizes and tests.
Professor rated by: Student on November 13, 2002
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
5*****




Homework: Some of the test/quizzes were take home. We could also work together on some, but please don't be confused, copying and working together are not the same thing and Dr. Walsh will call you out if he thinks you copied.



Textbook: Dr. Walsh gives lots of examples that are not in the text book. He never once refered to it and it's impossible to follow the lecture along in the book. But Dr. Walsh posts notes and old tests and quizzes online. That was VERY helpful!
Professor rated by: Student on December 19, 2009
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
3***
He was a really easy teacher but I felt like I didn't really learn very much. He was really funny and entertaining. If you want to breeze by, take this guy.



Exams: They were really easy. He reviewed the day before and it was just like the test. He lets you have note cards to put formulas on. He teaches you to do EVERYTHING on the calculator. No work is done by hand unless the calculator doesn't have a function to do it.



Homework: none



Textbook: it was ok
Professor rated by: Student on January 17, 2007
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
5*****
He is a wonderful teacher that truely wants his students to do well. I have never done well in a math class until this one.



Exams: He really tried to center the tests around the practice tests that he previously went through in class.



Homework: There was no assigned homeworked but it was expected that you were doing the reading needed for each chapter.



Textbook: The textbook gives alot of practice problems but can be confusing at times.
Professor rated by: Student on December 22, 2006
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
5*****
If you need to take this class take Dr. Walsh. I am glad that I got him!



Exams: The tests were ridiculously easy. We had one take home test and all others but one we were allowed to use note cards. A sample test was always explained one class before the test and the test was very similar to it.



Homework: There was no homework required but reading and studying



Textbook: Textbook is very hard to understand past the first chapter!
Professor rated by: Student on November 29, 2006
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
4****
Dr. Walsh is a very entertaining man. You use the sample test that you review in class. You wont come out being a statistics gooroo, but if you give a half an effort then you will atleast get a B.



Homework: No homework. But there were sample test onlime that you really need to do.



Textbook: He tells you to get the book, but then later on says that it is no good. I think that there will be a new one soon though.
Professor rated by: Student on December 20, 2009
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
4****
you will enjoy with him too much. he is funny too.



Exams: the tests were very easy and you have to study the sample tests well because most "all" of the tests were likely.you have to have TI-83 plus calc.



Homework: just read the texetbook before you go to your class "BE READY FOR NEXT CLASS"



Textbook: For me because i'm international student it was very helpful . i think in general you have to have it.
Professor rated by: Student on December 21, 2006
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MATH 2020
5*****
I had heard some scary things about this teacher, but he turned out to be a great one! he was easy to understand and fairly easy to follow. He wanted everyone to pass and do well so the class was not over the top. The 2 take home tests really helped my grade! This class in itself, requires studying hard and going to class, but i was able to make an A b/c he was a great teacher!



Exams: He didn't give much partial credit, but he has no desire to fail anyone. You have to study, but he did allow us a cheat sheet!



Homework: he gave homework for review but he never really checked it! it was a good review though!



Textbook: whatever he covers in class, that is what is on the test. i used the text book as a reference, but i don't think that it was needed!
Professor rated by: Student on August 5, 2004
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MATH 1630
Finite Mathematics
5*****
Dr. Walsh is a good teacher and he is pretty good at explaining things. He is a bit eccentric, but in a good way. Sometimes he is a little scatter brained, but it keeps the class interesting. I recommend taking him for MATH1630.



Exams: The test were usually not difficult because he often let us use notes or work together.



Homework: One assignment



Textbook: It was really only used a couple of times in class, but came in handy if I missed a class and needed to catch up. Some people did not purchase one.
Professor rated by: Student on May 2, 2007
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MATH 1910
Calculus I
5*****
Pros: If you actually need to learn calc, don't take him. If you want an easy A, then take him! He's really funny. The very first exam and the final exam were the only exams we didn't get to use some form of notes for the exam. Put all the equations in your calculator. I did the online extra credit and I got an A in the class.
He falls asleep during the exams.
Professor rated by: Geography (MTSU and RODP) Student on January 25, 2012
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MATH 2050
Calc Based Prob and Stats
3***
Pros: Very interesting and keeps your attention.
Cons: Doesn't explain why things are the way they are. I had a difficult time learning the concepts in class and had to teach myself.
If you can teach yourself well, this is a good professor.
Professor rated by: Computer Sci (MTSU&RODP) Student on October 6, 2011
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
4****
Pros: He is a very loud professor. HE SOUNDS LIKE HE IS YELLING ALL THE TIME. (like this) But, I enjoyed his class. It was very easy to follow, all his sample test is identical to his exams.Your calculator will be you best friend, so have it. Ti-81

He will tell you everything you need to know. He wants you to understand it. He has his own way of breaking things down and it actually make sense.

Do the sample test, understand it, and you will ace them. It is not hard to make an A on his test.

On the FINAL, make sure you do it ahead of time to prepare yourself.

Cons: Talks loudly. Comes late to class. Get distracted easily.
Book is good to refer back to, but do not need it if you understand stats already.
Professor rated by: NURS Nursing Student on August 21, 2014
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
1*
Pros: No homework, quizzes, or projects. Sometimes lets you take a "group" test and some test are take home. (Not Many)
Cons: If you ask a question he won't answer it. He will seriously tell you that you are dumb and dont listen. He is rude. He never stays on topic. His tests are hard.
NEVER miss a review day because he goes over exactly what is going to be on the test and lets you bring a note card to the test. So if you go on review day you will pass the test. The only thing is, you will never learn anything in class. You to class on review day and learn everything enough so to put iot on your note card in order to be able to pass the test the next day.
Professor rated by: Nursing Student on December 1, 2011
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MATH 1810
Applied Calculus I
5*****
Pros: funny as hell, can relate to students that dont understand math that well, gives a ton of credit for just coming to class, goes over practice tests the day before tests that really helps understand the tests
Cons: hard to follow his lectures sometimes, very dry subject
Dr. Walsh is funny and can tell a story for about 20 mins... it is absolutely vital that you go to class ( he gives up to 18 pts for showing up) and even more important that you show up the day before test days ( he goes over a practice test that is almost identical to the real one). after a test or 2 you will have the class figured out on how to make a great grade.
Professor rated by: Bus Comm Entrepreneurship Student on July 26, 2011
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MATH 1530
Probability/Statistics (non-calculus)
5*****
Pros: He was a pretty laid back professor
Cons: The final
All of our tests were online and easy to do. He had a cool sense of humor. I agree that he talks really loud but you'll get over that. PLEASE TAKE HIM! I don't even understand why his class wasn't full when I registered for it. He made stats a lot easier for me and I've never been good at math and I made a B in his class. He gave a lot of extra credit. The only Con to his class was the final exam. It was on paper and it was harder because we had never had an actual paper test, because everything was online. It wasn't that bad, it just required a little more studying.
Professor rated by: Exercise Science Student on May 16, 2015
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MATH 1920
Calculus II
5*****
Dr.Walsh is the craziest man in the KOM. The entertainment level of the class is most certainly the highest that the MTSU math dept has to offer. I have taken Dr. Walsh for calc 1 and 2 and I wish I could take him for all the other maths that lie ahead.



Exams: He gives several take home quizes which really help your grade and prepare for you for the test.



Homework: Only recommended homework. He will go over specific problems if you ask.



Textbook: The text is good, the nice part is same book for calc 1,2,and 3(good $100 investment-if you buy used,find book that has cd with it).
Professor rated by: Student on April 24, 2003
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