MATH 31AX

Workshop in Differential Calculus

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Tonci Antunovic See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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This class was really rough. Antunovic's lectures seemed to go around in circles and he only went through proofs without explaining any of the problems that we would encounter on the homework. I taught myself all of the material with the help of the book and Khan Academy. His midterms and final were also incredibly difficult.

I do have to say that he made himself very accessible. I really appreciated the amount of office hours that he had and he also held review sessions before the final. I've never worked harder in a class and ended up with a B-, which I was incredibly thankful for.

Bottom line: If you're good at teaching yourself the material, this is a good class for you.

April 1, 2014
Matthias Aschenbrenner See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.3

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took him for 31A. Absolute bs, have taken calculus before and without prior knowledge I would've known absolutely nothing. Avoid him if you can, he is a good guy but a terrible lecturer.

Dec. 15, 2015
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Marek Biskup See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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course: Math31A, Fall 2010

He's clear in class, neat, & polite when it comes to answering Q's in lecture.

HW: will take up most of your week(going to TA OHs). NONE of the problems are from the textbook (textbook probs are too easy compared to Biskup's. even the TAs struggle with explaining them)
MIDTERMS: failed the first one? DROP the class -- you need to brush up on precalc. aced it? You must've taken APCalc & passed well -- it'll hurt after the 2nd midterm. You've been warned so don't brag & slack like everyone else after the first one.
FINAL: He takes a bunch of Q's from past HWs & switches up the numbers & small stuff. That shouldn't be a problem right?! NO!!!! You won't have time to finish if you did NOT memorize the annoyingly intricate math tricks for the problems; they're not about understanding the overall concepts. If you have a photographic memory, good for you.
Curve: Do you know how many desperate freshmen in Math31A winter quarter are from Biskup's class? A LOT

I thought he was a good prof even though he gave me my first F during freshman year, fall quarter (chem major). That MEANS something. I failed because the last time I took math was in junior year (precalc & college-level stats).

Best way to judge that you're READY for this class?
-- Don't just pass the math benchmark exam like I did. Ace it with 90% & brush up on trig before taking the class.
-- You got a 3 on APCalc AB.
Want to PASS it?
-- Go to OHs. Do all the HW.
-- Try to take 2-3 other easy classes with only this one math course. (good recommendations: GEs, a GE cluster with light reading, EngComp2, EngComp3). If you can handle it, just don't overboard by taking this along with Chem & Physics.

Hope that helps.

Nov. 10, 2011
Demetri Brizolis See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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Jan. 3, 2016
Robert Brown See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Selling Rogawaski Looseleaf textbook for 31A/31B. Great condition.
Email: missael.vasquez.isaac@gmail.com

Sept. 23, 2014
Will Conley See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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His notes and lectures are clear and very in depth! You don't need to read the textbook at all because his lectures teach the concepts very well. Do the homework because the weekly quizzes are almost identical to the homework problems. He definitely cares for his students because before every exam he has a review session and it lasts for as long as students need. We would ask a bunch of questions and he didn't even mind that the review session went to three hours. Calculus will never be completely easy, but his exams were fair and really tested your understanding of the material. If I could have him as a professor every quarter, I would! Definitely one of the best professors here on campus!

June 13, 2013
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Robert Greene See Full Profile

Overall 1.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 1.2

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the worst professor. he is just a idiot. nobody can understand what he said even the TA. by the way, he never answers questions in class and just ignores the seas of raising hands.

Nov. 21, 2012
Sungjin Kim See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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Professor Kim's class is very organized and clear. Even though he is not the best and most interesting math professor out there, his classes are easy to follow and he does a lot of practices and recaps. He writes all his explanations on the board (in a way that I think is even better than the textbook), so you actually only need the textbook for his homework problems. His homework problems can be a little challenging, but they are still reasonable. The two midterms were very easy for me, while the final is a lot more challenging, but overall, if you do all his practices and review your homework and what he normally goes through in class (and keep a cool head during the exams), the class is not hard at all. He has a bit of an accent, but he can answer questions very well. I also went for office hours two days before the final and it was super helpful. I will recommend this professor to anybody.

Jan. 2, 2015
Christina Kim See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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Math 31A

I took Calc BC in high school, so i thought this was gonna be my chill class... it's not!!!
Professor Kim tries to teach, but unfortunately her accent gets in the way. She often makes mistakes on the board. Not the best teacher.
She knows how to write really hard exams though...

If possible, do NOT sign up for this class

Jan. 31, 2014
Thomas Liggett See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.2

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His lectures are disgustingly boring, there's no point in going to them. His exams are unnecessarily difficult since he makes an effort to keep average test scores at around 60%. After the class got an average of 76% on the first midterm, he told us that normally they're about 60%, so the next midterm and final were. I don't think he's a good professor at all, he doesn't provide any knowledge that you can't obtain yourself from a book. If I were you, I'd avoid him.

March 24, 2009
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