Ciprian Manolescu

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MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.7

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Manolescu was the most endearing professor I had all year. He's incredibly knowledgeable and will make you smile a lot in lecture with his little mannerisms and jokes. Super approachable. One thing I would recommend to incoming freshmen is to take this class very seriously, especially if you didn't take Calc BC in high school. I made the mistake of putting off any and all studying until the night before section every single week. Even though I got an A on all the quizzes, this was a really bad habit for math that I hadn't seen at all before coming here. The first midterm was a disaster, but the good thing is that he drops one of them if you do better on the other one. Just make sure not to make stupid little mistakes! That killed my grade without a doubt and I ended up getting a C+ on a test that I completely knew how to do. For the final, memorize the shit out of the power series! Know what they look like! I only memorized how to derive them, which was a huge waste of time on the final. You will need all three hours and you will probably walk out of there feeling like you were assaulted. I managed a B- in the class, but the moral is TAKE THIS CLASS SERIOUSLY. It's very doable if you're willing to put in work. Don't think you can get away with high school habits, because 31B is honestly one of the hardest classes you can take here.

(June 25, 2013)
MATH 31BX
Workshop in Integral Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity N/A Helpfulness 4.7

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He did not work for me as a math teacher at all. He teaches like he's talking to himself and the class was too hard to understand. He is a cute and nice person overall, but definitely not the best math professor.

(March 21, 2013)
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MATH 33AH
Linear Algebra and Applications See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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The honor class is small and there is a lot of personal attention, but you are competing with some of the smartest people at UCLA for a good grade. He is generous with the grading but everyone in the class probably got A's in their prior math classes. Only take if you can challenge the best students at UCLA. There are a lot of proofs on the homework, but thats expected of an honors class.

(June 3, 2011)
MATH 61
Introduction to Discrete Structures See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Manolescu is an extremely smart professor, and he teaches his students well. I think he's moving to Stanford next quarter to teach, which sucks, but I still felt I should write this review. His lectures are comprehensive (although I skipped many of them), his homework is hard but not busy work, and the 61 textbook is a very good resource to use along with his lectures.

The tests are hard. Although the topics are generally straightforward, the 1st midterm and final especially tend to destroy the class (averages ~D range), since the questions are much harder than the basic textbook problems. Definitely try to look at the test bank and other professors' tests to prepare for his. Our year, the final had 2 insane proofs that seemed intuitively easy, but in fact were really hard to prove, so the averages for the final was around the D range. I got a C- on the final, but an A on the second midterm, which somehow rounded my grade to an A-. Overall, I'm happy I took this class, and probably would take it with Manolescu again, since he really cares about his students and his lectures are pretty good. However, I just wish the final had less proofs on it, and that Manolescu gave harder homework problems / used gradescope to better prepare his students for the tests.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
MATH 100
Problem Solving See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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Awesome professor. Very organized lectures and materials.

(Fall Quarter 2015)
MATH 101
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MATH 115AH
Linear Algebra Full Profile > 4.4 Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness
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MATH 115AH
Linear Algebra See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.3 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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MATH 131BH
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MATH 131BH
Analysis See Full Profile

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MATH 226B
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MATH 226B
Differential Geometry See Full Profile

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MATH 290F
Seminar: Current Literature in Topology See Full Profile

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