MATH 61

Introduction to Discrete Structures

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Michael Bateman See Full Profile

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Well Bateman was actually a pretty good teacher. The main problem with this course is that if you miss a class or dont understand something the book really does not help that much at all. I had to ask the T.A. a lot for help. Also the homeworks are pretty hard but short, I needed to visit the T.A. a lot about those. The tests are actually really hard, except wasn't too bad but the average on all of them was around 50 so he curves them nicely. I would focus on getting as many questions fully right as possible instead of bullshitting as many answers as possible. So quality over volume kind of deal, not too much partial credit.

May 4, 2010
Nivedita Bhaskhar Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Steven Butler See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.9

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I took Math 61 with Professor Butler last quarter (Fall 08)--and I have to say, it was one of the best math classes I have ever taken at UCLA. Professor Butler is very organized in lectures, clearly knows the topic really well, and is really funny in lectures. Sure, sometimes the lectures could get a bit dry, but hey, it's math. If Professor Butler is teaching any of your required courses, I strongly recommend him as your top choice.

March 5, 2009
James Cameron See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.4

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Avoid this guy.

I think he does try to be a good professor, but he's just not good at explaining concepts at all, kinda annoying when he talks, and will often get things wrong while he's lecturing. His inability to explain such concepts really shines through during the longer proofs such as for Euler cycles/paths, Towers of Hanoi/Catalan Numbers, decision trees and especially for computational complexity. It seemed like he covered more material than most professors do too (i.e. the computation complexity bit), which I did not understand until now that I'm taking CS 180. Thankfully, it wasn't tested heavily on the final at all.

The exams are pretty difficult compared to many other Math 61 professors, especially the first midterm which gave some very complicated mappings to construct, and to determine equivalence relations on. He never taught us, or assigned homework that was anything like that. Second midterm was riddled with 4 or 5 errors throughout, and one of the questions was not possible making it unfair to those that spent a while working on that one, before the prof. made the correction. Final was also quite difficult, but nothing new there. Medians were like 64, 72 and 66. I was able to I think barely get an A in the class with a raw score of 84, so there is a curve I guess.

Would not recommend. Just take Manolescu in the spring lol, I hear he's quite good and makes the class pretty cool.

Winter Quarter 2019
Will Conley Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jens Eberhardt See Full Profile

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Eberhardt is so adorable. He really does try to teach and be helpful and his homework and exams were very reasonable. Ja?

Winter Quarter 2018
Herbert Enderton See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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Good class, he is very thorough at explaining the subject, the midterms are simple, the final a little tricky. He doesn't assign much homework but you should do them, helps a lot for the class. Overall the material is an easy concept to understand, so it shouldn't be too bad. goodluck

June 10, 2009
Martin Gallauer Alves De Souza Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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Allen Gehret See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.4

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Honestly, best online notes available I've had yet for a math course. You can take these notes and understand the material in a rather short amount of time because of how well-written they are. Homeworks are difficult, but going into tests after them makes the tests feel easy by comparison. He also has a VERY generous grading scheme for individual tests. Overall, this class was a good experience and very welcomed given my experience with past math professors.

Winter Quarter 2020
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