MATH 33B

Differential Equations

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James Freitag Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Hongwei Gao Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Edward Gao See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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This class reminded me of high school math classes. The material and workload aren't too bad, but it's really important that you're consistent with all the computations you're making and don't make mistakes. His lectures can be dry and based off the textbook, but I personally found going to lecture worth it. Definitely the most straightforward math class I've taken at UCLA.

Fall Quarter 2017
Allen Gehret See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 5.0

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Allen is the BEST math professor I've had at UCLA. His lectures are super straight forward once you get used to the material, and those combined with the homework is everything you need to do well on his tests. His homework is super helpful but can be a bit tricky doing the problems for the first time. People did super well on his tests this quarter (he also gave us a very extended amount of time) with the average being in the high A range. That being said, I feel like even during a regular quarter his tests would be super reasonable and test you exactly on what he has taught you. Allen is so dedicated and offers a bunch of office hours, and will go so far as to schedule an extra OH on the weekend if he gets a lot of questions. He also responds to your questions super quickly via email or piazza. I would 100% retake this class with him, it has been my favorite math class. Also shout out to Jeremy Brightbill, the best TA with the most life-saving review sessions who will hold office hours until every person has asked every single one of their questions, even if it means logging out of zoom at 11pm.

Spring Quarter 2020
Isaac Goldbring See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.9 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.0

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Goldbring is an unfair and unjust professor who has a binary grading scheme and doesn't curve the class. I missed two negatives and that took me from a B+ to a D- on the first midterm. ON the second midterm i ran out of time but described what i would have done which was correct and i ended up getting a 53 on that test. This guy is a jerk and pretty much reads verbatim from the book and uses those examples too. If you go to office hours he just repeats what he says in lecture and says nothing of use and nothing new. He is not helpful and doesnt care whether you know the material or not just if you come out with the right answer.

May 23, 2010
Nathaniel Grossman See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.7 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.7

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Dr. Grossman is rather difficult but it is matched by his willingness to help. I took two courses with him and throughout both quarters he would stay well after office hours to help me (sometimes 3 hours over and this was not an isolated event). The homework questions that he writes are difficult and I almost always had to ask him how to do it but they make you think and you get a good grasp of the material after that. So, he is difficult but take the initiative to ask for help and you will be okay. Good luck.

Sept. 16, 2009
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Michael Hall Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Nadja Hempel See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.0

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I don’t know why there are so many bad reviews for Hempel. Sure she isn't the best prof, but she's definitely not bad. She goes over everything you need to know for exams and if you look over that then you should be fine. Her exams were really easy, both midterms and final.

Winter Quarter 2019
Mikhail Hlushchanka See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I would wait with excitement to hear Prof. Hlushchanka's intro to every lecture: "'ellao evrybdy and welcome to the wrld of differenshul equashuns."

Okay, jokes aside, this course as a whole isn't that difficult as a whole, especially considering I took Math 32B the quarter before this one. Prof. Hlushchanka (whose name I definitely misspelled at least once and I never really knew how to pronounce, sorry prof!) explains things very clearly and plainly with very little room for misinterpretation. He understands how to present the material in a way that helps the students learn. He's also just genuinely a nice guy. He was very accommodating to my needs as a student. For context, this was during the COVID-19 quarantine, when we were doing everything remotely. Some of you may also remember that many online classes during this time were prone to "Zoom bombing," where random people would invade meetings to spew racial slurs and abusive language for the sake of internet trolling. We were the constant victim of that for the first two weeks of the course. In response, Prof. Hlushchanka took an hour out of his busy schedule to redo the lecture and bent over backward to make sure the lectures were safe and had adequate security to prevent that from happening. He also sent out emails apologizing to the students who felt threatened and that he would take suggestions on how to improve the security of the meetings, which was a pretty heartwarming move on his part.

Great professor, would take again. :)

Spring Quarter 2020
Christina Kim Full Profile > 2.1 Overall 1.9 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
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Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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