MATH 170A

Probability Theory

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Evan Randles Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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I enjoyed the class and I think the professor did a good job. I would take classes with her in the future.

Spring Quarter 2020
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David Renfrew See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.4

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Pretty good professor, very different from those negative comments. He did give us a very hard second midterm, but he lowered the total points from 55 to 50, and he assigned very few points for the hard problems. The final was super easy. I spent 40 minutes and handed in my paper without double-checking, and I still got an A.

Jan. 2, 2016
Thomas Richthammer See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.2

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Professor Richthammer is a really good professor. He really understands what he's lecturing, and does a good job balancing theory with examples. For lower-division classes, I could imagine him putting in more theory than is necessary, but once you hit upper-division classes, you should expect to get theory no matter what. His homework and tests are difficult, but he is a very generous grader. I struggled through the class, and still managed a B-, which I personally thought was higher than I should have received. He is also extremely approachable, encourages you to ask questions, and can be reached at office hours or via email very easily. Overall, he's a good teacher that will push you to understand the material, while not grading too harshly at the same time. Highly recommended.

March 23, 2009
Pierre Rodriguez See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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He is a good lecturer. He has clear and thorough lecture, and a beautiful handwriting!
The homework problems are hard, but that's not made by him. That's the problem set commonly used by the department. His exams look quite similar to homework problem, and there is no surprise in the exam. Try to understand the homework problem thoroughly and it should be sufficient to deal with exams.

One of the drawback is that I think he only gives 20% A and A-.

Winter Quarter 2016
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Wenpin Tang See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.9 Workload 4.3 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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I literally made a bruinwalk profile just to set the record straight on this professor because he does NOT deserve a high rating. He is the least helpful, most ambiguous and downright the worst lecturer I’ve had at UCLA. It’s true, his tests are similar to the homework and yes it’s also true that the material for this class isn’t hard, or at least it wouldn’t be if you actually had a professor who could explain it. This class felt a lot like fumbling through a dark room, completely blind, trying to find a needle in a haystack, aka nearly impossible. Lectures were unclear and the textbook was equally unhelpful. The professor wouldn’t show up to office hours, but he was so arrogant in explaining things he probably wouldn’t have helped anyway. MANY times during lecture he would explain something with “because it is so” or “let’s move on because I think this makes sense” even if he entire class was staring blankly at the board. That being said, some people did do well in this class so maybe having a background in probability/statistics was assumed (I had none). Either way, you’ve been warned.

Fall Quarter 2018
Martin Tassy See Full Profile

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I took his class this fall and he's very fair in terms of the difficulty of midterms and finals (Very comprehensive and not out of the blue). Study his notes and do the homework and really don't stress out too much about this class.

I think his curve is very generous in terms of getting B's I didn't perform well on the final and THE MIDTERMS and only did somewhat well on the hw and I got a B-. However, I do believe from listening to others getting in the A range is very tough. You must be meticulous with every point. Maybe this is true for all upper division math classes?

The professor cares about your learning a lot. In office hours, he doesn't mind answering any question you have and he tries to elaborate to teach you what you need to know. His notes are also very thought out and he doesn't go too quickly at all in comparison to some other professors. I recommend him a lot! (Just be careful if you're trying to get an A)

Dec. 16, 2015
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