MATH 31A

Differential and Integral Calculus

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Preparation: at least three and one half years of high school mathematics (including some coordinate geometry and trigonometry). Requisite: successful completion of Mathematics Diagnostic Test or course 1 with grade of C- or better. Differential calculus and applications; introduction to integration. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 2.7
Easiness 2.3/ 5
Clarity 2.6/ 5
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Helpfulness 3.2/ 5
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Fall 2021 - A lot of people have been flaming Prof. Chapouto and honestly after my first midterm grade, I probably would've agreed with everything here. But I don't anymore. The one thing that's special about this professor, that I haven't seen with many lower-div profs, is that she cares about her students — and when there's 200+ of them, that's incredibly hard to do but important. She's super approachable and committed to helping us out, not just in her office hours but beyond that. I literally couldn't submit FOUR WEEKS worth of homework in my classes, and when no other professor would care to even listen to why, she was kind enough to give me a makeup assignment and a generous deadline to complete it so my grade wouldn't be affected. Let's talk about her grading. After looking at the fact that her 1st midterm had a T/F section where everyone did badly, she dropped the entire section from our grade because she noticed it hurt our scores. Her grading in the 2nd midterm was INFINITELY more lenient (like to the point where I was even like "should I REALLY be getting credit for that?") and the 2nd midterm even had a 5-point extra credit question which was supposed to bump up our score. She also gives us the option to pick our best midterm and drop our 2 worst HW grades which is more than fair. What's more: she also just gave us an extra credit homework assignment to do that can add *7%* to our final grade — I mean SEVEN PERCENT? Who does that unless they really care about how their students are performing?? I also need to say Prof. Chapouto marked 200+ midterms in ONE NIGHT and had them back to us with quality feedback the next day during her office hours — just so the midterm would be fresh in our minds and we could learn from our mistakes immediately. All I can say is, if you want a professor who's super dedicated to her class, learning from students' feedback, and giving them chance after chance to bounce back, you won't go wrong with this class.
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Overall Rating 3.3
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Clarity 3.3/ 5
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Easiness 2.6/ 5
Clarity 2.1/ 5
Workload 1.7/ 5
Helpfulness 2.4/ 5
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Winter 2021 - I had mixed feelings about this class. Gleizer was clearly passionate about mathematics, but this class's lack of organization made 31A my most stressful course this quarter. Grade breakdown was initially: 50% homework (6 homeworks, lowest score dropped), 10% midterm 1, 10% midterm 2, 30% final. It was eventually changed to: 50% homework (5 homeworks, lowest score dropped), 16.6% midterm 1, 16.6% midterm 2, 16.6% final. We were initially supposed to cover 6 chapters, but by Week 4, we were still on Chapter 1. In the end, we only covered 5 chapters, and this ended up changing how final grades would be broken down. To compensate for our falling behind, Gleizer decided to post 2 one-hour-long lectures every Friday. On top of somewhat rushed, very long homework assignments, I found the content of this class very overwhelming. Gleizer actually managed to lose one entire lecture and part of another, and he didn't rerecord the content. He told us that some of the lost content wouldn't be on any exams, but it ended up being on the midterm. For the first midterm, he actually gave us less than a week's notice regarding when the exam would be, which I found inconsiderate. I guess while Gleizer is a very witty, passionate instructor, I can't help but admit I was disappointed with this class. Neither Gleizer nor his students could have known we would fall behind, but the rushed nature of this course, on top of the addition of extra lectures, made me feel I was forced to commit more time to this course than initially described. I unfortunately don't feel prepared for MATH 31B.
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