David Gieseker

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MATH 61
Introduction to Discrete Structures See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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Gieseker was not a bad professor, but not a great one either. The material was taught in a semi-straightforward (if boring) way. The midterm and final mirrored the homework material and the stuff we learned in class well (no surprises). My TA was incredible and basically made the class easy (Duncan). He is accessible, there was a grading mistake on one of my tests and he quickly corrected it. There's a little confusion on whether your homework counts towards the final grade, during my class, it didn't, but it was still helpful for the tests. If you have to take Math 61, your experience will be fine with this guy

(Nov. 20, 2012)
MATH 98XA
PEERS Collaborative Learning Workshops for Life Sciences Majors See Full Profile

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MATH 98XB
PEERS Collaborative Learning Workshops for Physical Sciences and Engineering Majors See Full Profile

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MATH 110A
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MATH 110A
Algebra See Full Profile

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MATH 110AH
Algebra See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.1 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.4

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MATH 110AH is a really fun course. The first week or two is spamming division algorithm and GCD and the remaining eight weeks is group theory. Having a strong linear algebra background really helps with this course. Now, independent of the course we have DAG. I have no idea how to feel about DAG. On one hand, his lectures are hard to follow and pulls random stuff out like dropping the takehome midterm on a brisk saturday afternoon without warning. On the other hand, he has to be one of the nicest profs I have ever have and really wants everyone to succeed. I ended up just reading Pinter's Abstract Algebra text and Elman's notes (which in itself i found a bit hard to read). There was a midterm, take home midterm and a final. The midterm was not too hard but the average was probably like 100+. The take home midterm is 19 problems (only 8 of which are graded) and its essentially one really big proof which has a REALLY satisfying end result. The final was 5 questions and 6 EC questions. The 5 regular questions were pretty easy but those 6 EC questions were pretty difficult. The graded homework was like 1 question per week. Unless you keep practicing the material with questions not assigned to you, its really easy to slip and fall behind. However, our TA, Ben, is one of the best TAs I've ever had and would answer my dumb questions a bunch.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
MATH 110BH
Algebra Full Profile > 2.8 Overall 2.9 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Note to self: DAG classes hard (Winter Quarter 2021)
MATH 110BH
Algebra See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.9 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.8

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Note to self: DAG classes hard

(Winter Quarter 2021)
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MATH 110BH
Algebra (Honors) See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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This is a weird class. I think the difficulty spike from 110AH to 110BH is pretty hefty. It was relatively easy to get an A (because we had a take home final and take home midterm) but I was confused for about 90% of the quarter. Our TA Khang was really nice. Although I wasn't the biggest fan, he did help us a lot. If you had DAG before, you probably know what to expect. If you haven't, go read some reviews on 115AH and 110AH cuz its probably all the same. Nice man but awful lectures that get side tracked.

(Winter Quarter 2021)
MATH 110C
Algebra See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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If you're taking this class, you probably had DAG for 110AH/BH. Otherwise, read some of his 110AH/BH, 115AH reviews as the general style is applicable. I've had this mans for four quarters now at UCLA and he continues to be one of my poorer lecturers but one of the nicest professors I've had. The class is simply "here is 50 problems - get 40 of them right and here's the A". I found field theory/galois theory to be tedious and very unmotivating (though some of problems are pretty cool). He will give you "recommended due dates" but at about week 9 and 10, will say the rest of the problems are due. At that point, only about 25 were assigned. I think I spent about 3 all nighters trying to catch up on material and do some of these problems. I will also note I was part of the not as smart people in the class as you can tell by the grading distribution. I wanted to drop this class not because of DAG but because of the difficulty of the grading which leads me to our TA Tim. He's pretty nice. I have very mixed opinions on him. On one hand, he has a bit of a condescending attitude which made me feel the dumbest person and his grading made this course a lot more stressful than 110AH/BH. On the other hand, if you ask for help, he will be there and support you. I think because of the Covid/online environment, I personally got burnt out and found it harder to ask for help because it seemed like everyone already knew what was going on besides me. However, all in all, if you want to go into pure math for grad school or really want to learn about Field/Galois Theory, take this course. You will learn a lot. If you have any other ambitions, I suggest avoiding it. There's a lot more other things you could be doing with your time.

(Spring Quarter 2021)
MATH 113
Combinatorics Full Profile > 2.5 Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
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MATH 113
Combinatorics See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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MATH 115A
Linear Algebra See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 3.4

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A really nice guy with a sense of humor. But at the same time, frankly, I learned nothing from him.

(Nov. 26, 2012)
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