MATH 33A

Linear Algebra and Applications

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Francesc Castella See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 4.4 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.9

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To put it simply, Castella is a great math professor, and he is the best of the four I've had at UCLA. He does have a Spanish accent, but I thought he was still understandable. That aside, his notes are quite clear, and he focuses a lot on examples. He made linear algebra computational rather than focus on a lot of geometrical understanding and theorems (a huge contrast to my nightmare with Gilmore for Math 32B-good thing she's not teaching here anymore). He is fair in his exams although the midterms were time-constrained. I did well on the first midterm, but because I had an LS midterm on the day before the second midterm and due to stupid mistakes, I actually did really bad on the second exam even though it was fair in retrospect. However, his policy of dropping the lower midterm saved me, as I got 100% on the final (yes, it is doable for a math class) and I got an A+ in the class. For the exams, focus on his practice exams he gives you, as the textbook for the class was horrible. His excellent and clear notes were sufficient. On the first day of class, he seemed really serious and in a bad mood, but I learned that he just has a serious personality, so don't be scared to approach him during office hours, as he is helpful. He also assigns practice problems from the textbook, and although some were irrelevant to do looking back at the practice exams, I recommend to still do them if you have the time. His homework is not from the textbook, so my advice is to work on it with a group of friends/classmates-I did this and it helped us understand the material even more. Overall, I recommend Castella, as he is one of the most straightforward math professors you can get.

March 29, 2015
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Will Conley See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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A tad overrated. No doubt he is a great professor, however he is not for every student. Lectures are sometimes frustrating to get through because of the constant repetition, however he makes up for it with fairly easy and straight forward tests.

If you're the type of student who can pick up material quickly then Conley is not for you. This professor tends to move slowly to make sure every student understands even the most basic concepts. But if you're like me then you wish he wouldn't write short novels every lecture and gave more examples (some of us don't have the time to attend office hours.) I am not saying he is a bad professor, because that wouldn't be true it's just that some of us would rather move at a faster pace.

Feb. 10, 2015
Omprokash Das See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.5

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Das teaches incredibly slowly which is why he doesn't have a step by step breakdown of the syllabus according to weeks in the quarter. I would really advise against taking his class: you don't cover enough, his lessons are disorganised, and he too easily gets sidetracked by students asking stupid questions. Honestly, the TA could've taught the material better. What you should definitely keep in mind is that he tells you pretty much exactly what will be on tests so actually study those. His exams were all stupid easy this quarter so if u don't study exactly what he tells you to, the curve will destroy you.

Spring Quarter 2019
Rodolfo De Sapio Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
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Rodolfo De Sapio See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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March 11, 2011
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Hector Fattorini See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.7

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He is nice and easy. Must attend at all lecture(he solves homework during lecture), do and understand all homework ( except the mathematica). Midterm is easy and as same as homework. Final was a little more tricky but not crazy.

March 23, 2009
Martin Gallauer Alves De Souza See Full Profile

Overall 1.9 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.9 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness 1.8

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Professor Gallauer gives lecture with very low voice and his handwriting is small and not easy to read... Avoid his class if you rely heavily on the lectures to understand class materials. Also, his tests are kind of difficult...

Winter Quarter 2016
Nadja Hempel See Full Profile

Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.2 Workload 3.5 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.2

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This review is for MATH31A since she is not listed under that category. My first response to anyone taking her class, is don't. I like to believe she is somewhat knowledgeable in this subject but her teachings do not reflect it. Her lectures are confusing, her midterms are not similar to anything she gives. Overall I will most likely fail this course but I want to emphasize that if you are good at teaching yourself, you might be able to pass this class, but don't expect any help from the professor like I falsely did.

Fall Quarter 2018
Mikhail Hlushchanka See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.2

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If you are good at math this class will be fun, if not you will hate him. In lecture he does abstract proofs, but has awful handwriting and is hard to understand so many students get lost, however if you can follow him you learn a lot. Grading is weekly quizzes (easy, but you must go to discussion), 2 midterms, and a final. Nice dude will drop one of your midterms is you do poor one and just weight the final more. Although he does lots of proofs in class, the test are all computational. Get used to add/sub and mult/divide numbers in your head very fast. Best way to prepare for test is by doing lots of practice problems. Use the online bruin test bank. He doesn't pass back midterms or finals so you can't get a hold of old copies, but studying other professors midterms was very helpful. Test averages tend to be around 78% for midterms and final so little to no curve you need to do well on the test.

Spring Quarter 2019
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