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Comments:Great Texts 2302 - Dr. Ryden is a really entertaining Great Texts professor, probably because that's not actually his area of expertise so he's still entertained by the books we read and he's not judgy about students' interpretations or questions about the material. We had a midterm and a final as well as two papers. We also had quizzes every week or so that are basically just to make sure you read the assigned chapters. We read Beowulf, the Divine Comedy, The Tempest, The Decisive Treatise, On the Revolutions, and some smaller plays and essays. The books are actually really good, but they're packed with theology and take some time to read thoroughly. He gives you guided reading questions that you're not required to answer but are really helpful for figuring out what's going on and preparing for quizzes, essays, and tests. He's definitely not lenient on essay just because he's a math professor, so take the time to prewrite, gather evidence, and proofread.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-11-12

Comments:GTX 2302 - After I found out Dr. Ryden is a math professor teaching a Great Texts course, I knew it would be an experience. Dr. Ryden is an amazing person and math professor, but his Great Texts teaching skills are not as good. The biggest reason for this is his speed in grading. We had our first paper due a month in to the semester, and he did not return it to us for 11 weeks, having to push the deadline for the second paper to the last day of class in order to give himself time to grade the first papers. We had a pop quiz every week or two, and while he would go over the answers after we turned it in, he never gave us back the grades or posted them in Canvas, so we never really knew what our grades were in the class. He did offer good in-class discussion over the books during most lectures, but he showed up late everyday, occasionally sending emails saying he was on his way when he knew he would be more than 15 minutes late. There were two exam and the final, and while they were not incredibly difficult, you did have to have read the books and know what different passages meant in order to do well. If you take Dr. Ryden for Great Texts, you will learn plenty, but you will be left in a state of flux about what your grade is at any point in the semester.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-07-06

Comments:2321 - Ryden is a very nice guy and a good teacher but is very disorganized and forgetful. It was incredibly rare that he came to class on time and he would often forget to do things he'd tell us he would do (i.e. tell us he'll send an email on what the quiz will be on and forget about it). He's tough to get in contact with outside of his scheduled office hours- I wouldn't rely on email to get in touch with him. Other than these things he's great and i'd highly recommend him. He is an incredibly straightforward teacher. His quizzes are almost always the same as homework problems and I don't think there was ever a quiz or test question harder than a homework problem. If you just do the non-required homework and know how to do those problems you'll get an A on the tests. The downside is he's sometimes a little harsh with his grading but thats made up for in that the questions are easy and all things you've done before. Friendly guy, definitely suggest him for cal 3  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-05-14

Comments:1322/2321 - Perhaps one of my favorite professors at Baylor. I would recommend taking him. Calc II/III were so easy to understand because of the way he explains stuff. The only bad thing is the exams are kinda hard but nothing too intense. I would recommend doing the homework (although he doesn't ask for it) and start studying early for exams. Overall, he is a very smart professor, he is funny and enjoys teaching calc.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2015-05-11

Comments:MTH 2311- Linear Algebra - Amazing professor! He is focused, knows the material, and is very kind. Yes, his lectures are dry, but if you can focus they are helpful. His explanations mirror the book pretty well, but they're just a little bit better. He had a good TA who graded our quizzes & he personally graded our tests. The grades were always fair or generous, & you could always ask questions about your grade if you didn't understand or if you disagreed- he always listened & took students words into consideration. He always responded kindly & fairly sometimes giving points back & sometimes further clarifying. The book has great explanations at the beginning of each section (which you should pretty much memorize for the T/F portion of the tests & quizzes). However, the answers to the odds are not always in the back. Sometimes it will simply say, "Giving you the answer to this question would ruin the purpose of the question. If you're really struggling check the study manual for guidance on how to begin thinking about how to answer this question." Unfortunately, we had no such study manual, but if you visit Dr. Ryden in his office hours he will help you. While his homework is never for a grade, the conceptual T/F questions (which will likely not have solutions in the back) often show up on quizzes and tests. We always had plenty of time for the quizzes, but the tests were more difficult to complete in time. They have computational & T/F questions as well as proofs. The T/F questions deal solely with definitions, thereoms, & proofs from the beginning of the sections in the book. The proofs either utilize thereoms in the book or they are proofs of the theorems in the book. (Proofs for theorems are also provided in the book.) In summary, memorize the definitions, thereoms, & proofs thereof from the book, and also know how to do computational questions. Essentially, this course is not to confusing, but you do need to study regularly, as there is a lot of memorization. The reason I received a poor grade has nothing to do with Dr. Ryden. I've always been great at math. (I made an A in Calculus II). This is because I'm a creative thinker. When I approach a math problem many says of solving it jump out at me, most of which I have never been taught but instinctively know. Hence, I've always been the one who could find the solution but half the time my professor could not even understand how & the amount of time it would take me was anybody's guess. However, THIS CLASS IS NOT MEANT FOR CREATIVE THINKING. IT'S ABOUT MEMORIZING SOMEONE ELSE'S WAY OF THINKING THROUGH CONCEPTS AND WHY THEY ARE TRUE. THIS IS NOT BECAUSE OF DR. RYDEN; IT'S SIMPLY HOW THE COURSE IS STRUCTURED. If I had known this in advance, I could have done better. At the same time, if I had known how much I hate proofs, & that proofs are such a huge part of this course, I never would have taken Linear Algebra. I'm not a math major, so I don't need it. Also, I went through a lot of personal things during this semester, & the emotional stress really hurt my grade- NOT DR. RYDEN. Basically, Dr. Ryden is a great professor, but this course was not meant for me.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2014-06-04

Comments:MTH 1321 - Overall a good teacher. Teaches concepts well. Do your un-required homework.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2013-12-05

Comments:Calculus 1 - Dr. Ryden reminded me of a hamster. He was kind of frazzled during class and would be a bit scatter brained, but he got the message across. Overall, I think his lectures were very helpful and the class was very reasonable. I'd give him an A.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-12-14

Comments:4326 - Dr. Ryden is very fair, and an all-around fantastic professor. His lectures are entertaining and straightforward, even for extremely difficult classes like complex variables. Homework is "required" for quizzes, but he never takes it up so you can get away with not doing it. His tests are very fair, such that if you studied hard and know the material well, you will do well. His only downside is that he is late to class almost every day, and he sometimes runs over time. He is also hard to catch in his office, because he has three kids to take care of along with teaching. Overall, great professor!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2012-06-06

Comments:1321 - Great teacher. No homework. Dr. Ryden's about as old school as they get; doesn't use BlackBoard, only uses his email when he has to, and teaches with the good ol' chalk and blackboard. However, his teaching skill makes it very easy to understand every concept you learn in the course. The biggest downside to the course is the tests: they're tough. The (optional) homework problems he gives and examples he does in class are very simple compared to test questions. If willpower isn't an issue for you and you can make yourself do homework when it isn't required, you should have no problem with Ryden.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-12-15

Comments:4326 - Dr. Ryden is great. He can get a little flustered when he is lecturing, but I think that's mainly because its a really difficult class. Very fair with grading.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-11-02

Comments:1321 - Dr. Ryden is a great calculus teacher. If you don't understand a concept he will try to explain it until you do. No matter what, calculus is going to be a hard class but I definitely recommend taking Dr. Ryden. There are 4 tests and weekly quizzes (he will tell you when he plans to give a quiz and what sections it will be over).   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-01-07

Comments:1322 - The first test was a pain for me, but he was helpful throughtout the semester and did what he could. I'd recommend for anyone taking a math course.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2010-05-08

Comments:MTH 1309 - I am not very strong in math, but Dr. Ryden wasn't bad. He makes a lot of corny jokes and laughs at them himself, but it keeps the class entertaining for a math class. The quizzes help to keep up with the work, and the tests were fair. The only test that was totally different and I didn't think was fair was the final. It was multiple choice, which actually wasn't helpful, and he formatted things differently than he taught in class which was confusing. The semester I took him was his first time to teach business calc so he was learning how to teach it, but he is a good math teacher. I would recommend him based on what I have heard about other business cal professors.   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2010-02-22

Comments:pre-cal - Amazing teacher! always willing to help you if you need it and he will answer any questions you have. hes an overall really nice guy too.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-08-19

Comments:1304 - Best math professor ever, I have taken 4 math classes and this remains my best  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-06-07

Comments:3323 - Part of my problem is that Intro to Analysis is a very difficult math class. Also, I rarely grasped what Dr. Ryden was saying. For some reason, my way of learning didn't match up with his method of teaching. Other people had no problem with him but I just felt lost the whole semester.  - Grade In Class:F

Date: 2008-11-19

Comments:pre-cal - class is a little boring, but he is very helpful! will answer any questions you ask. he may not seem like a good teacher at the time, but if you pay attention in class, you should do well on the tests & quizzes. hes a little weird, but kinda funny. really nice teacher!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2007-04-15

Comments:Analysis - Intro to Analysis is HARD, no matter who the teacher, but since Dr. Ryden is laid back and really loves math, it was a wicked awesome class. The class is mainly tests, but doing well on hw is a major plus. Dont think your test grade is on a 90-A, 80-B scale because he doesnt believe the class is possible to be on that scale (in other words, he curves at the end). I think i had a 85 test average and made A. GO INTO OFFICE HOURS AND HE WILL HELP YOU WITH ANYTHING< SERIOUSLY!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-03-02

Comments:1322 - Calc II is just a hard class, but Dr. Ryden is ALWAYS available outside of class for extra help. He teaches the information very well and his quizzes are just problems from the homework. Really nice guy.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2006-04-26

Comments:1321 - Whoever said he is great is lying. Yes he is very nice and he makes himself available, but the questions in the book and the examples he gives in class have little or nothing to do with the tests. I once asked for help with the materials on the tests and he told me not to worry about studying a certain section. When I got the test, it was full of questions he told me not to study. When I asked him about it, he had a sudden attack of amnesia. He teaches the basics and tests you over harder questions that he has never addressed.  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2005-12-15

Comments:1321 - I believe that Dr. Ryden is probably one of the best teachers I have ever had. I took him in the summer because I failed Cal I the first time I took it and I was really scared of doing again. Dr. Ryden thought the material extremely well and I was able to completely understand it. He's really good about helping you if you have problems and will sit down with you for as long as it takes to understand the material. His tests are really fair and he does not put any really tricky or very difficult questions. As long as you do your part and do the homework. I ended up with an A in the class which I would never have believed possible and it was mostly because of Dr. Ryden's great job as a professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2005-08-11

Comments:1321 - Very understanding professor. He is always open to questions and comments during office hours, but sometimes not in class because class is so short. He is really nice about setting up a specific time with you if you can't come during offic hours. Make an effort to come to his office. If you can study from a book, briefly look over hw questions and do the ones that seem a bit difficult, and come to office hours to ask about everything you don't get....you will do just fine. He doesn't make you turn in hw, so it saves you some time. Sometimes I just did all the harder problems a day or two before tests. Show him you're serious about getting that A by coming to visit him often, he'll see your hard work and be real compromising. Although his notes are good, organized, and concise, I recommend you reading the book throughly and comparing it to his notes; it gives you a better understanding of the material...and sometimes even helps you argue for points on your tests. One last tip: he is picky about notation...be sure to understand exactly how he wants you to show your work. Overall, he is a great teacher and I really recommend him.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2005-05-17

Comments:1321 - Very nice man yet not the best teacher. He really seems to expect you to already know everything about Calculus and he goes really fast. His first two tests and not that bad but later in the semester as time is running out he speeds up majorly. The quizzes are so random, awful! Don't take him if you don't have to   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2005-05-05

Comments:1321 - Ryden tries really hard to make his lectures understandable... doesn't always work, but he makes a good effort. If you do all the homework and go to his office hours for help on the problems you don't understand, you should do fine. I think the only reason I got an A in this class is because I took Calculus in high school, 'cause I never did much of the homework.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2005-04-07

Comments:Calc I - This guy is incredibly nice. He's always nice during class and works hard to help you understand. He's been out of his office a little bit lately but that's because his wife just had a baby. I've been having a little trouble but that's just b/c I haven't been doing my work and is my own fault. I would highly recommend this guy, I even recommended him to my roommate.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2004-11-20

Comments:1321 - I'm really terrible at math....I got a C+ in his class, I probably could have pulled off a B, but it's not lack of his teaching ability, it was me being lazy. His office hours were kind of inconvient, but he was willing to schedule other times to meet if I had problems. I would recommend him.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2004-03-09

Comments:Cal 2 - I took this guy because he had good ratings on here, but this was my worst class ever. I really don't know if it is him or just the subject material, but I got a 5 on the AP Calculus test, yet my worst grade came from his Calculus 2 class. You can know all the concepts and formulas, but the questions on the test would just be weird. Plus, his lectures are some of the most boring I've ever heard, so it's impossible to pay attention. Don't take Ryden.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2003-12-03

Comments:Cal I - He is a great teacher. He adds humor into his lectures. He gives great notes to follow along with and he wants to make sure that you understand the material well. His quizzes are pretty average, but his tests are hard and tricky. His tests can either make you or break you. I thought I knew a lot of cal until I took his tests. They are only about 10 questions, but they are hard and thought provoking. I do recommend him as a professor, but I also recommend that you do some practice problems on your own.   - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2003-12-01

Comments:Professor Ryden is the best math teacher I've had. I had him for Cal I in the summer, and although we had to go to class for almost 2 hours everyday, he made it enjoyable and prepared me well for Cal II.

Comments:He is a nice man who is willing to help you out but his test are way to hard and tricky. He one time had to give a make up test becasue almost 90% of the class failed. He helps you but his exams can kill you

Comments:This guy is great. He is very smart and outgoing. His tests can be a little tricky, but then again it is calculus. He writes the notes and examples along with you so it is easy to keep up. He also helps as much as possible outside of class.

Comments:By far the best calculus teacher you can get. He truly cares about making sure you know what is going on. He is extremely well organized. He will not leave you behind like some of the other teachers. A very fun and friendly guy as well. Get him if you can!

Comments:Dr. Ryden is everything you could wish for in a calculus prof.

Comments:A little goofy but very stuctured curriculum and system of notes.

Comments:Young and very well-mannered teacher. If you stop by his office for help, he will sit there and help you with anything and everything you need. Excellent, funny, teacher. In his class notes, he writes out everything for you to where you understand it.

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