MATH 110AH

Algebra

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Nivedita Bhaskhar Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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Richard Elman See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.4

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One of the best teachers in the department. And I'm judging that relative to a department with some of the best teaching at UCLA, in my opinion (in upper-division, that is). Kind and friendly, and cares a lot about students, with great personal interaction in office hours. Cares a lot about the class material as well. Again, he's one of the best.

His upper division honors courses, let me just say, are not for casuals. A LOT is covered, and it goes by extremely fast. If you take the time to digest it as you go, you won't even be able to copy down all the notes, and if you copy down all the notes as you go, you won't even be able to digest it. You have to consistently put in the time at home to review and wrestle with the material. I said consistently. Consistently. Not cramming. Put in the effort, and you'll learn so much, it'll change the way you think, and you won't regret it one bit. Remember, there's a huge difference between good and easy; only one of them is what you should optimize for. Bottom line: if you care at all about, you know, learning math, take his class.

Fall Quarter 2014
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David Gieseker See Full Profile

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MATH 110AH is a really fun course. The first week or two is spamming division algorithm and GCD and the remaining eight weeks is group theory. Having a strong linear algebra background really helps with this course. Now, independent of the course we have DAG. I have no idea how to feel about DAG. On one hand, his lectures are hard to follow and pulls random stuff out like dropping the takehome midterm on a brisk saturday afternoon without warning. On the other hand, he has to be one of the nicest profs I have ever have and really wants everyone to succeed. I ended up just reading Pinter's Abstract Algebra text and Elman's notes (which in itself i found a bit hard to read). There was a midterm, take home midterm and a final. The midterm was not too hard but the average was probably like 100+. The take home midterm is 19 problems (only 8 of which are graded) and its essentially one really big proof which has a REALLY satisfying end result. The final was 5 questions and 6 EC questions. The 5 regular questions were pretty easy but those 6 EC questions were pretty difficult. The graded homework was like 1 question per week. Unless you keep practicing the material with questions not assigned to you, its really easy to slip and fall behind. However, our TA, Ben, is one of the best TAs I've ever had and would answer my dumb questions a bunch.

Fall Quarter 2020
Christian Haesemeyer See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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Awesome professor! Finished the class three weeks early, which was good practice for grad school pace. Very helpful in office hours and good sense of humor. Spent most of lecture proving the major theorems. Homework is insanely hard and the mid term was fair. You will learn a lot from this guy.

Nov. 15, 2011
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Alexander Merkurjev See Full Profile

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Tough Course. Really learned something though. If you want to go to grad school, take math from this guy.

Dec. 11, 2010
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