# 18.615

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 49 |

Hours/Week | 8.3 (13 responses) |

Instructors | Peter J. Kempthorne (Lecturer) |

# of Responses to Course 18 Underground Questions | 8/49 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

**18.600**was necessary and sufficient.

## Subject Matter

**Some students found the class very theoretical, while others found it very applied.**The course appealed to both theoretical and applied math students.- The material was theoretical, with examples drawn from applications.
- “The content was what you wanted it to be.”

## Course Staff

- The professor was
**very friendly, approachable, and considerate.**Students universally found that he cared a lot about them. - “Accomodating with things like switching presentation times.”
- “I cannot think of a single time this entire semester when he denied me an extension.”
- “I also really enjoyed the guest speakers he brought in.”

## Lectures

- Lectures received
**mostly negative reception.**Students relied more on the course materials (textbook, notes) to learn the material. - “I found the lectures to be mostly incomprehensible. I mostly relied on re-reading the lecture notes after class and sometimes reading the textbook.”
- “The lectures were very fast paced. The lecture slides were too dense for a lecture, but useful to refer back to during psets.”

## Problem Sets

- There were
**6 psets,**the due dates for which were interspersed with due dates for**projects (group project, final paper).** - The problem sets were taken directly from the textbook.
- Students’ opinions on difficulty ranged from straightforward to challenging. The split was roughly even.
- The lectures and textbook were adequate preparation for the problem sets.

## Exams

**No exams.**

## Resources

**The official textbook was***An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling*by Pinsky and Karlin.- Students found the textbook
**mediocre,**often opting for the**lecture notes.**

## Grading

- Students found the grading
**fair.** - “Seems to me that the expected grade distribution should be mostly A/B’s.”

## Advice to Future Students

“Basically a project test. You do 2 projects on cool things in stochastic processes that you’re interested in. Concrete material wise I did not learn a whole ton”