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Steven Trost
Professor (2007 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Economics
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3.6711***+
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Rated by 447 students
2.48
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5*****
ECON 2005 - Principles of Economics
Taking this as a required elective for engineering. Trost is a good teacher, and knows what he is talking about. He does a good job of relaying the material, and especially at relating back to things that are understandable in terms of real world s...
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Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on 5/9/09
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2**
ECON 2005 - Principles of Economics
class is an absolute joke dont take this mans
Pros: none
Cons: guys a clown
Professor rated by: Statistics Student on 11/2/16
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: none
Cons: guys a clown
class is an absolute joke dont take this mans
Professor rated by: Statistics Student on November 2, 2016
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Taking this as a required elective for engineering. Trost is a good teacher, and knows what he is talking about. He does a good job of relaying the material, and especially at relating back to things that are understandable in terms of real world scenarios. His tests are easy if you just go back over the lecture slides before the test and make sure you know the major concepts, plus he gives you a practice exam that usually has questions that will show up on the test. People complain about the iClicker questions, but 99% of the time he says the answer to the question 8 seconds before the question comes on the screen. I think the people that complain about this class being hard need to realize this is about as easy as a college class gets. I have a feeling most of them are the ones sitting chatting on AIM and facebook during the lectures or just straight up not showing up.
Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on May 9, 2009
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
3***
Pros: don't really have to show up for class. homework load isn't too bad
Cons: his tests are really hard. going to class doesn't really help because he's sorta hard to understand when he's teaching. hard to pay attention in his class.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on April 3, 2017
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: -He's a very knowledgeable teacher -He's the only english speaking econ 2005 professor
Cons: -Lectures are boring -He only curves a little bit on tests -All of his test questions are application questions and are extremely difficult -He puts 7 chapters on a test, so a lot of information to study -Aplia homework is time consuming and excessive -Grades i-clicker questions based on if you get it correct and if you attend class -Can only miss class 2 times or you lose your attendance grade
Do not take him as a teacher. I recommend to take Lee instead. You'll spend hours studying for Trost's tests and might only get a D. Plus Lee's tests are significantly easier! Also, Trost's final exam is cumulative and is worth the most out of all your grades, while Lee's final is not cumulative and only has three chapters on it! Take my advice and don't take him as a teacher! You will hate econ forever if you do!
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on June 4, 2010
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Pros: - Trost is a great professor who clearly relays the material effectively.

- Homework is useful to learning the material and moderately difficult, but gives several opportunities to get the right answers.

- Exams are multiple choice only, and there are no quizzes or projects

- Exams are given a curve depending on the class average, and the lowest of the three midterms is dropped.

- All material on the exams is directly from the Aplia homework and the chapters in the textbook, and Trost doesn't make it confusing by skipping sections or topics
Cons: - Lectures can be boring

- Do not be fooled by the fact that the exams are multiple choice, they are still VERY DIFFICULT and require plenty of preparation

- Trost teaches big lectures so it is hard to ask questions
I am a freshman engineering student who took this to fulfill an area requirement for mechanical engineering. At first, I was nervous about this class, given its size and also the fact that the average GPA is surprisingly low. After getting into the class, I found it to be interesting and very well-organized, and had an easy time getting A's on the exams as long as I kept up with the class and studied adequately before the exams. The homework is due at the same time every week, and the Aplia assignments correlate directly to what is being studied in class and give three tries to get the correct answers. The work load was light, but the exams are very challenging and do require a good amount of preparation. Overall, I enjoyed the class and the material, and Trost was a great professor.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on December 9, 2014
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Prof. Trost does a relatively good job of relaying the material. He has great real world experience in the field and grasps the subject matter well. The class is pretty straight forward. Do all of the homework, as it's pretty easy. Day to day lectures can be boring sometimes, but he does post all the slides on Blackboard. The Midterms are pretty easy if you study well (read book, review notes, understand concepts-especially graphs). He drops the lowest midterm grade. I would advise to study and attempt all three midterms, to prepare you well for the final. The final was harder than the midterms for me. It included a lot of information and had some tricky questions on it. I recommend attending class regularly. He curved our grades very very little. (A one time addition of 3 points to one midterm only). Also the final grades were not curved at all. One downside is that it takes a while for him to post grades. Expect to wait at least a week before you find out your grade for midterms, even though they are all multiple choice. I came out with a B+.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 9, 2008
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
3***
Pros: -He is very prepared and creates study guides which are helpful

-He tells us exactly how we should study

-He is one of the few econ professors without a thick accent

-iClickers to bump grade up a very little bit (only 4%)
Cons: -He is sometimes rude when asked a question and lied to us and said that he would curve exams, but he never did

-His tests are very difficult and long

-Cumulative final is worth too much (36%-40%)

He was an okay teacher. His lectures were boring and dry, but he did a good job of giving real world examples. He wasn't the worst, but he wasn't the best. The thing that I liked the least about his class was his tests. They are so overly difficult and cover a broad range of material. Also I'm screwed for the final. I will probably get a B+ for the end of the semester, but I put in countless hours studying independently for this class.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on May 10, 2016
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Pros: Great professor, does a great job of relaying the material and is very straightforward with the tests
Cons: Aplia can be time consuming, but its definitely helpful.
If you want to be successful in this class, I would DEFINITELY recommend Trost. Yes, econ can be tedious and confusing at times, but he does an awesome job in giving real world examples in order to better understand the material. Of course, there are weekly homeworks and iclickers that are both grade boosters in the class. He is a great guy, and does his best to make sure his students walk out the door with a great understanding of the principles of Econ. He is always there if you have any questions. Like any other class, you put in your share of the work. By far, my favorite professor at Tech so far!
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on October 3, 2012
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Pros: Knows what he's talking about.

Great professor.

Drops an exam

Homework assignments take on average 1 hour each week.
Cons: Final is cumulative, and a huge chunk of overall grade.

Exams are extremely hard even when you study for hours.

Professor rated by: Business Student on April 11, 2016
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Pros: Trost drops some of your lowest homework grades and 3 lowest iclicker grades. He usually curves his exams, but not by much. Our first exam was curved 1 point, the 2nd exam was curved 14 points, then the 3rd was curved 2 points. Also, your lowest exam grade is dropped.

Cons: You have aplia assignments every week that are sometimes difficult, but they really do help you understand the material. Trost has iclicker questions every class that are part of your grade (so attendance counts), but he won't let that grade hurt you if you have an A without it.
Trost is definitely one of the best teachers I have ever had. I'm definitely lucky for being able to be in his class, and would recommend it to anyone. He gives great examples for every topic that help you relate the concept to everyday life. He's always available to answer questions and I think he is a fair grader. You definitely have to work for an A, but this class ended up being my favorite one this past semester. People complain that the exams are super hard but as long as you make sure you understand the concepts and can apply them, you should be fine. I wish Trost taught other econ classes, because I would definitely take those!
Professor rated by: Management Student on January 11, 2013
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Pros: Great teacher. Tests are not easy but he will never try to trick you on an assesment. He gives you plenty of resources to study from. Even though he has had experience in the field, he is still a young guy and has a lot of enthusiasm.
Cons: Although I never attempted to seek help from him personally, I have heard he is not the easiest person to go to with questions. But if you ever need help, the Economics Tutoring Center is a great resource filled with knowledgable grad students.
I was fairly worried about taking economics because it seemed like such a complicated field of study, but Trost uses a lot of real-life examples and lectures are often sprinkled with facts about the beer industry or clips from the Colbert Report. After taking his course I added Economics as a double major.
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on January 22, 2011
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
He knows his stuff, but the class is boring. It's a giant lecture class, so of course it'll be boring and hard to get his attention, but if you listen to his powerpoints you'll get a lot out of them. The practice exams help a lot so remember to take those. Homework can be tedious but is ridiculously easy. It's all on Aplia, so even if you miss the lecture you can quickly catch a pattern and still get a decent grade on the assignment. Overall it's a pretty good class. Just stay awake and try not to skip too many. That'll come back to bite you.
Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on December 8, 2009
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
He is really passionate about Econ and it shows how he teaches it. His voice is enthusiastic in lecture, which keeps you listening. Also puts some humor into the slides and examples, which helps this overall boring subject. Only thing that was a problem is that he does iClicker every class for participation/attendance, so missing class is hard. Overall though I enjoyed the class and his teaching style, and would have chosen him to take Econ 2006 if he was teaching it.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 30, 2009
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Pros: Funny Teacher

Shows a lot of neat stuff every once and a while.
Cons: Sometimes makes the class hard to understand
If you understand graphs and like to interpret graphs, your life with Trost should be really easy. His tests... I considered them really hard but if you understand the graphs, it should be a really easy A. He's a nice guy and understandable of his students.
Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on December 15, 2013
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Pros: genuinely nice guy, tries to make you enjoy what he's teaching
Cons: exams are HARD
very thorough in his notes, study those and read in the textbook what you do not understand and you'll do well in the class. has iclicker questions so you cant skip class - wouldnt want to anyway, youll be extremely behind if you miss a day or two
Professor rated by: Apparel, Housing, & Resour Mgt Student on December 14, 2011
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
5*****
Prof. Trost is great. He makes a lot of dull material interesting by making a lot of real world examples and explaining material by talking about things college students do all the time. Class can be a drag at times but overall its not bad you learn quite a bit and realize you know more about economics than you thought.
Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on December 12, 2009
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: none. he is the worst and rudest teacher I've ever had.
Cons: He is unapproachable, not helpful in office hours, and full of himself.
If at all possible, take this with a different teacher, I mean it when I say he is extremely unpleasant and not a good teacher at all.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on December 6, 2016
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Good teacher. I took the class in GLCB so needless to say it was a HUGE class but he handled it well. Economics is a rather boring subject as it is but he made it fairly interesting with real world examples and occasionaly a clip from the Colbert Report!
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on December 18, 2008
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
4****
Pros: Not a lot of homework
Cons: Very hard exams.
This class is not really as bad as people say, it is challenging but Trost is a very good lecturer and teacher, and if you are willing to put in the work and study for the exams its not too hard to get an A.
Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on December 24, 2013
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ECON 2005
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: Very smart
Cons: Not a very helpful or pleasant teacher.
Definitely not approachable or helpful during office hours. Beware if you have ssd accommodations that you get what you need.
Professor rated by: Student on January 8, 2015
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