MATH 33B

Differential Equations

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Nickolas Andersen Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Christopher Anderson See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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This is the a review for his 151B class. It is the easiest math class that I have ever taken in my life. I have already taken Vese's 151A, 155, the two classes that are well known for easy A, but this class is even easier. I would rank them as follow Vese's 151A > Vese's 155 > Chris Anderson's 151B.

Winter Quarter 2019
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Tonci Antunovic Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Erkao Bao See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.6

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Bao is a perfect reason why the math department here is awful. Too many damn fobs who can't speak in ENGLISH!! Class is pretty much useless, so just study on your own.

Winter Quarter 2016
Omer Ben Neria See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.1

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Professor Ben Neria always wrote everything on the whiteboard - literally everything. He wanted you to have the clearest view of class contents...however that may not be a fascinating way. Also, he might only cover things not covered in the textbook...which means you need refer to a complete notebook when you are preparing for tests.

Ok, here's the breakdown of grades (from syllabus):
"Your final numerical score will be computed according to the following scheme. S = 10% homework + 20% midterm 1 + 20% midterm 2 + 50% Final exam."

BTW, the tests are not so intimidating, as long as you really put your heart into this course.

Great professor. A bit accent.

Winter Quarter 2018
Will Conley See Full Profile

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I've never seen a professor try to help everyone in the class understand the material more than Conley. He has 4 and a half hour review sessions for midterms and finals. Had him for 33a and taking him for 33b. I got a B in 33A but I made errors on the final. If I didn't screw up I could have gotten an A-. And his lectures are always recorded. Take him as much as possible.

April 26, 2015
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Shouxin Dai See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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**Disclaimer**
I'm assuming that this is the same professor as Shouxin Dai, a math teacher at UCLA. If I am wrong, disregard this.
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Professor Dai is one of the fairest teachers I've ever had. His lectures cover exactly what is on the midterms and finals, which were pretty straightforward. He really does not try to trick students; instead he tests our ability to use methods and concepts taught in class.

He does have an accent and says some things a little different than what most people are probably used to (like x^3 is "x cubic"). But it's kind of funny and really not an issue. His examples are pretty clear and he ALWAYS takes his time in lectures--never rushed sections, never pinned extra material on us, completely fair in my opinion.

He is also very willing to spend more time on examples or explanations if something is unclear. He really is a nice man and a great professor and I highly recommend taking him if you get the chance. Even if he is the earlier lecturer, it's worth it.

Dec. 22, 2009
Karthik Elamvazhuthi See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.3 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.8

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In short: DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR

The long story:

First of all, the class is graded on a straight scale which is pretty dumb for a math class that is not 31A or 31B. His lectures are very boring. He usually speaks very fast and is usually not in sync with what he writes on the board (he used slides after week 5 or so) and what he speaks which makes it difficult for students to follow the class. He is a very picky and annoying person - his homework often have one or two really weird problems that are pretty hard to solve. He initially asked for students to submit HW at 7am on Friday during thanksgiving week, so you can imagine how annoying he is. He later changed the deadline of course.

He is also very picky about the idea of using "Change of Variables" instead of u-substitution which honestly makes no sense. He sends out at least five emails each week (half of these emails would be him fixing his typos in previously written emails). Even in his lectures, he usually makes a lot of mistakes and the class stands confused.

Moving on to his exams, I would say that they would be fair if the class was curved. The first midterm was pretty easy; however, things started getting a little tricky towards the end, and this is coming from someone who has done MATH 33A. You will be able to do well in this class if this is your only hard class. If you are taking multiple hard classes, then do not take a class with this dude, you will end up being a jack of all trades and master of none.

Fall Quarter 2019
Haofei Fan See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 4.8 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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This class was very enjoyable. Dr. Fan's lectures were amazing, and everything made sense. Homework was doable, and exams were fair.

Fall Quarter 2019
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