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James Hamblin
(Mathematics)


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Positive Comments (24)

Subject: Good teacher but watch out!  (Feb 25 2010, 08:08AM)
Student: Topaz (Applied Mathematics)
Class:Euclid/NonEuclid Geometry (B+)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is very good at presenting the subject matter to the class. He gives very good, very detailed examples and even provides tangibles to aid in understanding and try to make the class more interesting. His test questions were all fair, but the first test required about 20 minutes more to do than we had in the 50 minute class, so work fast. He did not tell us that he was looking for proofs in the homework until after I got a few back with a lot of points taken off. The questions only asked for the answer, but he was also looking for a proof. That little tidbit would have been nice to know. The group project was the worst part of the class. The project was very difficult, but the rest of the class was alright.
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Subject: Great guy  (Mar 26 2009, 08:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Math for Liberal Studies (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Funny and very effective professor. This guy explains everything perfectly with detail. He will make sure you get it and if you don't, he will help you. He has three exams and a whole bunch of quizzes. As long as you go to class, you will get an good grade. He also has funny jokes sometimes that make you laugh. Great guy. Take him.
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Subject: great prof  (Dec 16 2008, 11:02PM)
Student: Anonymous (chem)
Class:calculus II (B)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is an extremely effective professor. He does not take the "do your work and I'll tell you what you did wrong" approach that many math teachers do. Hamblin explains everything thoroughly and takes it step-by-step. Granted, this may be different in another class, but he was extremely effective at getting students to learn the material. The mathematical labs he gives out are good grade boosters, plus he basically gives you the answers if you take it to him with questions. Overall it was a great experience.
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Subject: Very Effective Professor  (Oct 21 2008, 09:21PM)
Student: Kevin (English Secondary Ed.)
Class:Math for Liberal Studies (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is a very effective professor. He makes sure everyone in the class understands even the simplest of concepts before moving on. He has a quiz every week which are open note and if you attend class and take the notes, you should ace them all. He gives out "cheat sheets" with formulas on them for exams. He truly wants everyone to ace his class. Plus, he is a very nice guy and almost always available. Non-Math majors who need some math credits should definitely take him. Just go to class and you should get an A or B.
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Subject: Effective Professor  (Jan 13 2008, 09:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (CRJ)
Class:Math for Liberal Studies (A-)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin was very effective at teaching this course. I definitely did not need the book largely due to the fact that I find it hard to teach myself math and I am terrible at most math. This is a fun and practical math class and Dr. Hamblin is one of the few professors who knows how to teach. Take this professor.
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Subject: good for people bad with math  (Oct 31 2006, 03:47PM)
Student: Erin Muldowney (Political Science)
Class:Calculus I (C+)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 I am incredibly bad with math and I was able to pass this class. Dr. Hamblin basically taught like it was calculus for dumbies. He offers SI sessions for people that are struggling and he is always available for further help. He gives a quiz every week that you can use your notebook for, with 3 easy problems and most of the time, 2 of them are directly from the homework. You'll fail his tests if you don't go to class, study or do your homework. So as long as you do what you're supposed to do, you will definitely pass.
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Subject: Great Prof  (Mar 26 2006, 02:27PM)
Student: Anonymous (Finance)
Class:Finite Math (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Hamblin was awesome. He took forever to explain the subject, but he made sure you understood it. As long as you do your homework you'll do fine on the tests. He was good at explaining the math so you could apply it to the word problems.
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Subject: Awesome Prof  (Dec 16 2005, 09:24AM)
Student: Anonymous (Mathematics)
Class:Discrete Mathematics (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 First, I had this man at 8 in the morning and I WANTED to go to class each day! He's absolutely hilarious and makes class fun! His class isn't hard if you make the effort. He gives quizzes every friday, but you can use your notes so its an easy grade. His exams aren't too bad, and the final is cumulative but wasn't hard at all. I'd definitely recommend this professor to anyone! One of my favorites!
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Subject: Awesome  (May 20 2005, 01:14AM)
Student: Anonymous (Math)
Class:Discrete (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Great prof! Gave tons of examples, always available to answer questions, and had open note quizzes. His exams were difficult so find someone to study with and go to the SI sessions. Be ready to read the book and teach yourself some of the material that you don't figure out on first glance in class. Above all- do the homework! Come to class for the notes because otherwise you will be stuck reading the book which may not have some examples that you need to know. Funny guy with a strange sense of humor. Take him esp if youre a math major or comp sci.
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Subject: Fantastic  (May 14 2005, 01:13PM)
Student: Anonymous (Computer Science)
Class:Non-Euchlidean Geometry (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I remember, taking Geometry back in high school, how incredibly hard it was. I remember spending hours trying to memorize the theorums and hours figuring out how to solve proofs. But while taking Hamblin's class, it was a breeze. The detailed and careful way he goes over various proofs in class makes you develop such a familiarity with the subject that it makes studying almost unnecessary. The homework he assigns is pretty easy and as long as you've paid attention in class and done the homework, the tests are a breeze...not because they are easy but because you've learnt and you understand the material. Take this guy every chance you get!
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Subject: Good  (May 09 2005, 06:19PM)
Student: Anonymous (math)
Class:discrete (B)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 Dr.hamblin was a good prof. Subject matter was confusing and he could explain some parts a little better, but the quizes and tests werent too bad, extra credit for SI sessions, what more do u need?
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Subject: May the Force be with you  (Apr 29 2005, 03:45PM)
Student: Jedi Knight (Physics/Math)
Class:Discrete (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr.Hamblin was a great professor. He has quizzes every Friday and 3 tests and a final. The good part about his class is that the homework is not graded. Also, we had SI sessions that were very useful and he gave extra credit for attending them. I would recommend him for this class.
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Subject: Nice Guy  (Feb 17 2005, 08:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (MIS)
Class:Applied Calc (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Found him to be one of the most "professional" profs I've had. He was always on time for class, was very patient with questions in class, etc. If you're struggling with the material, go see him - he's a really nice guy who wants you to do well. However, don't blow off the homework if you want to get a decent grade on his quizzes and exams. Take him if you can - you won't regret it!
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Subject: good prof..  (Jan 11 2005, 10:19AM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:basic math models (C)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I liked Hamblin.. although there were some problems with him. I'd definitly say take him for a math teacher though. He gives you quizzes every week which are a good grade builder!
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Subject: Terrific  (Nov 18 2004, 10:03PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:Applied Calculus (--)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is definitely a solid professor. This coming from a person who is not talented in math says a lot. He is extremely thorough and involves the ENTIRE class in his lectures. By frequently pausing and asking for questions, Dr. Hamblin ensures that everyone understands the subject material. He does go a bit fast at times, but he has no problem slowing down if asked. Also, take advantage of his office hours, he will spend as much time as needed with you. Be warned though, you must do your outside work to be successful in his class. If you put the effort forth, you cannot go wrong with Dr. Hamblin. In fact, I am willing to say that he is the best math professor I have had in a very, very long time. I wish him the best of luck here at Ship and hope that his other students understand how much of an asset he is to the math department and university as a whole.
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Subject: Awesome Teacher  (Nov 11 2004, 02:58PM)
Student: Holly (Supply Chain)
Class:Applied Calculus (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is always there if you need any help. He is an easy-going teacher. He gives quizzes every Friday but they usually only involve two questions and are very easy. His tests usually only consist of 7 problems and are pretty easy. Dr. Hamblin is able to explain concepts so you can easily understand them. You're def. missing out if you don't take him as a teacher.
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Subject: good guy  (Apr 26 2004, 09:45AM)
Student: Anonymous (math (ed))
Class:calc II (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 very effective professor teaches you how to do the work. quizes on friday but easy quizes. allows notecard for exam so you don't have to memorize formulas. very good guy also easy to talk to. will give you imput on the exams and quizes. goes quick sometimes but slows down if anyone needs more time
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Subject: Always willing to help...  (Jan 16 2004, 01:56PM)
Student: Ryan Muldowney (Computer Science/Math)
Class:Intro to Abstract Algebra (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is a laid back guy who's always willing to lend a hand. No, his exams aren't easy, but if you study and do your work you'll do well with Hamblin.
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Subject: always around  (Jan 16 2004, 11:48AM)
Student: Anonymous (Math)
Class:Calc 1 and 2 (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is always around and willing to answer questions. He will get to know you, he wants to be able to call everybody by their name. I have him this semester again for the thrid time in two years. He makes class interesting, you work in groups, not just continuously by yourself.
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Subject: Good Prof  (Dec 10 2003, 12:54PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:Math Models (B)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is a really good teacher. His class involves a lot of group work, which helps. I felt comfortable asking him questions about anything. He does not make you feel stupid like some math professors would. He was always available during his office hours and always willing to help you. I will take him again if I get the chance.
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Subject: Great new prof  (Apr 20 2003, 09:46PM)
Student: Josh W. (Mathematics)
Class:Calculus II (A-)
 11 of 36 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin represents all that a professor should be. He is a superb lecturer, a kind-hearted person, and a brilliant mathematician. I was struggling with the course early on, and I approached Dr. Hamblin for help. He had the patience of Job, and he really stuck with me until I figured it all out. In fact, he was so helpful that I ended up pulling an A minus in the course! I hope that Dr. Hamblin will stick around this school and will end up with tenure. It is his excellence that allowed me to grasp my own future in math. Thank you so much, Dr. Hamblin! Best of luck for a long, successful future here at Ship!
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Subject: VERY helpful  (Apr 05 2003, 11:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geoenvironmental)
Class:Calculus (B)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin has the patience of a saint. I wasn't doing that great in his class, so I was constantly in his office getting help. And he was more than willing to help me and I wound up with a B. I could see him getting a little frustrated with me, but he has more patience and I really apreciated that.
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Subject: Good class  (Apr 02 2003, 10:31AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:applied calc (B)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 hamblin is funny and a lil crazy - haha - he is a good professor who teaches the math course well...all this is coming from me, who sucks ass at math and i managed to pull a B with ease.
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Subject: Tough Class, Great Prof  (Apr 01 2003, 12:29PM)
Student: Anonymous (Chemistry)
Class:Calc II (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin is an outstanding professor. He is only in his first year of teaching at Ship and he already has a knack for it. He is VERY thorough, and always checks to be sure the whole class is understanding the material. Calc II is not an easy course, but Dr. Hamblin does everything he can to make it understandable. His tests are hard, but he lets you bring in one index card with formulas. He's kind of nerdy, but he cracks a lot of jokes and makes calculus as interesting as it can be. Sometimes he tends to rush, but as long as you let him know he's going too fast he'll slow down and give everyone a chance to catch up. He's always available for help and even offers a little extra credit now and then. If you're serious about math, take this prof!
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Subject: DO NOT TAKE HIM  (Jan 13 2006, 03:09PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Finite Math (--)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 I strongly suggest finding a different professor. Dr. Hamblin goes very fast. You have a quiz once a week and you're allowed to use your notes, but the notes don't help at all. I dreaded going to this class.
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Subject: confusing  (Nov 20 2003, 04:08PM)
Student: Scott (Business)
Class:Basic Math Models (D)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Hamblin makes the Basic math models class look like calculus. His way of explaining these simple problems is ass back wards, he makes it much harder to realize the "basic" lay out of a simple problem. This isn't Rocket science and shouldn't be tought like it.
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Subject: generally good  (Dec 19 2007, 08:01PM)
Student: Anonymous (biology)
Class:Calculus I (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hamblin was generally a good professor. Although I can't say I was entirely motivated to go to his class every morning, I did learn what I needed to learn from it. I feel as though he spent too much time on simplistic examples rather than really getting into the nitty gritty of it all. The tests were moderately hard, but he made sure to cover all information that was going to be on it. So as long as you pay attention and do your HW, you'll do well enough in his class. Great guy, he definitely wants to help you understand it and enjoy it.
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Subject: Hard and boring  (Sep 27 2004, 10:25PM)
Student: Anonymous (accounting)
Class:Applied Calc (B)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Well this class was by far hard to stay awake in. However we did learn a lot but the tests were not easy. I had to bust my ass to get a B. Most people failed at least one test but if you go to the study sessions you get extra credit. So it is a doable class but not as easy as Jones.
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