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Ezra Brown

Professor (2000 – 2015)

Virginia Tech (VT)

Mathematics

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Virginia Tech (VT)

Mathematics

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Rated by 34 students

2.64

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across 25 classesFall 2015 Schedule

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5

MATH 1224H - Vector Geometry

Excellent professor, best teacher I have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Very interesting and always made lessons on complex math entertaining. Lessons were mostly based on the proofs of subject matter while homework focused on app...

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Excellent professor, best teacher I have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Very interesting and always made lessons on complex math entertaining. Lessons were mostly based on the proofs of subject matter while homework focused on applying formulas on topics of the course. Help was always available. Tests were incredibly difficult but manageable with a lot of studying. Not a class to take to boost your grade but definitely worth the experience of learning from a great professor.

Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 12/6/09

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MATH 1224H - Vector Geometry

I thought he was a bit crazy. He tries to be funny during class, but often isn't. A quote from him: "It ain't all beer and skittles."

Pros:
Offers extra credit on some homework assignments. Accessible office hours. Tests are hard, but graded fairly.

Cons:
If you like seeing the formula before the proof, don't take him. Spends most of class on proofs; need to teach self some material. Tests always seem to have a question designed to trick you. Very specific about the homework format, it will be time consuming. He can be unclear in office hours.

Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on 10/30/11

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MATH 4175

Cryptography

4

Bud Brown knows three topics really well: making biscuits, cryptography, and the art of making his students pull their hair out over any assignment he gives.

Brown is a tough teacher, but he knows the material. His corny jokes and witty personality make going to class a joy, but be prepared to work.

Brown is a tough teacher, but he knows the material. His corny jokes and witty personality make going to class a joy, but be prepared to work.

Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on November 9, 2007

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MATH 5454

Graph Theory

5

Pros: Easy course with a good professor. Homework was fair. We also had the option of doing problems marked with a (+) in the textbook for extra credit. Tests were three hours at night to give us time to think about the problems, and the final was take home (timed, closed book, closed note).

Dr. Brown was a great professor. My one complaint was that the course moved quite slowly for a graduate course. Much of the material was duplicated in the Math 3134 Applied Combinatorics course. However, Dr. Brown's course was more theoretical and proof-driven than Math 3134. The material covered included the handshake lemma, cycles, paths, digraphs, multigraphs, trees, algorithms, flows and cuts, matchings, planarity, and some geometric graph theory. Aside from the geometric graph theory, all of the material is standard for an intro to graph theory course.

Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on May 31, 2014

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MATH 4134

Number Theory

4

Pros: Some extra credit problems on homework. Programming problems included on homework.

Cons: Especially towards the end, Dr. Brown focuses mostly on theory and proofs, which are found in the book. The homework requires us to apply the logic of the proofs to the homework. More examples would have been nice.

The tests make you think, but are a lot easier than the homework. Towards the end, the homework takes a lot longer. The beginning of the course is a lot easier. Overall, I would recommend Dr. Brown for this course.

Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on May 24, 2013

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

5

Excellent professor, best teacher I have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Very interesting and always made lessons on complex math entertaining. Lessons were mostly based on the proofs of subject matter while homework focused on applying formulas on topics of the course. Help was always available. Tests were incredibly difficult but manageable with a lot of studying. Not a class to take to boost your grade but definitely worth the experience of learning from a great professor.

Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 6, 2009

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MATH 4175

Cryptography

4

B^2 is a great professor, and a very enjoyable lecturer. He is extremely knowledgeable, and genuinally cares about his students.

That being said, MATH4175 is extremely work intensive. His homeworks take hours, and he is a strict grader. If you have the work ethic to make it through this class though, you will really enjoy it.

That being said, MATH4175 is extremely work intensive. His homeworks take hours, and he is a strict grader. If you have the work ethic to make it through this class though, you will really enjoy it.

Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on December 7, 2007

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MATH 4134

Number Theory

4

Pros: He's a great, enthusiastic teacher

Cons: He schedules homeworks back to back, sometimes multiple in one week. They tend to consist of a relatively small number of problems, but take quite a long time for most students to solve. There are also programming problems, which I found to be easier than the general problems.

Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on April 28, 2010

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MATH 4134

Number Theory

4

Pros: Very engaging, witty

Cons: Homework sets are long, involved, and border on tedious

Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on May 20, 2010

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

5

Pros: Great professor, loves what he teaches. Interesting class. Occasional extra credit.

Cons: Tough class. If you're not willing to work hard, this probably isn't the teacher for you.

He loves what he teaches, so he's really enthusiastic and tries to make it fun. In class, he likes to show why the formulas work the way they do, so it's mainly proofs. He sometimes gets onto tangents, but usually ties it back to the main lecture. He also cracks jokes fairly often. The homework isn't awful, but can be time consuming. Only select problems are graded. The tests are pretty hard - the material isn't bad if you've studied beforehand, but there's a lot of time pressure. If you have trouble with time pressure, he is willing to give you tips on how to make it easier, though.

Professor rated by: Engineering Science and Mechanics Student on November 29, 2011

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

2

Pros: Offers extra credit on some homework assignments. Accessible office hours. Tests are hard, but graded fairly.

Cons: If you like seeing the formula before the proof, don't take him. Spends most of class on proofs; need to teach self some material. Tests always seem to have a question designed to trick you. Very specific about the homework format, it will be time consuming. He can be unclear in office hours.

I thought he was a bit crazy. He tries to be funny during class, but often isn't. A quote from him: "It ain't all beer and skittles."

Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on October 30, 2011

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

4

Pros: He's hilarious, awesome, supportive, entertaining, cultured, interesting

Cons: he's a friend, not a teacher

Honestly, if you take 1224H you will hate yourself for probably about 8 weeks. He doesn't teach, and gives ridiculous homework. However, he really forces you to learn the material yourself and understand it.

I took this class, worked my butt off, and got an A. If you want an A, you'll have to work. Like I said, it will suck for a while, but overall the class is immensely satisfying.

I took this class, worked my butt off, and got an A. If you want an A, you'll have to work. Like I said, it will suck for a while, but overall the class is immensely satisfying.

Professor rated by: Engineering Student on December 15, 2011

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MATH 4175

Cryptography

4

Pros: The homework taught us the material and prepared us for the test.

Cons: The homework took probably 10 hours per week to do.

The material was interesting and Dr. Brown is a fun lecturer. However, this was my second most work intensive class. By the time I got to the tests though, I knew the material and they were much easier. The first unit is by far the most work intensive. Once he gets past the cryptanalysis in the first few weeks, the homework becomes more straight-forward.

Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on December 23, 2013

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MATH 4175

Cryptography

4

Pros: He's an excellent teacher who teaches well. He's also a really great guy and makes great biscuits.

Cons: He gives a lot of homework and his homeworks are generally pretty hard. He also grades moderately harshly, but his tests aren't too bad.

His class is more math based than coding based, just something people should know.

Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on December 9, 2016

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

4

Pros: He's enthusiastic and he'll answer any questions you have

Cons: Tests were real hard and he went too off topic during lectures. He also assigned lots of homework

Unless you really want honors credit and think you're up to it, it's probably easier to just take vector without honors

Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on March 23, 2010

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MATH 4175

Cryptography

5

Pros: Everything about this guy

Cons: ... he likes to teach the 9 MWF class

Dr. Brown is an excellent instructor. I have had him for bunches of classes and hard work always pays off. The homeworks can be tough, but make up a huge portion of the grade.

Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on December 6, 2012

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

2

He treated it like a 3 credit hour class. The test problems are a lot harder than homework problems and in class examples. Teach yourself a lot because he think people already know a lot about vectors.

Professor rated by: Biological Systems Engineering Student on January 5, 2012

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ME 3134

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

3

Pros: Very helpful in office hours. Will curve, and I did not have to take the final exam.

Cons: Very longwinded, confusing lectures. Do not always make sense. Too theoretical in class, not enough examples.

Professor rated by: Engineering Science and Mechanics Student on December 12, 2010

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ME 3134

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

2

Cons: You have to teach yourself this class.

Not alot of work and he never collects or grades homework. However, be prepared to teach yourself the course. Not fun to teach yourself

Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on December 12, 2010

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MATH 3034

Introduction to Proofs

4

He is very energetic and quirky, he loves to make the class enjoyable.

Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on February 23, 2009

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

5

Pros: Easy

Cons: Not Hard

He is so awesome. So easy. Best vector teacher ever!

Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on November 28, 2011

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MATH 1224H

Vector Geometry

3

Pros: awesome guy

Cons: hard class. so so hard. regret taking it.

Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on May 8, 2012

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