I took Math 3A. he is very caring about a students understanding if you have questions about the homework or the lecture he will answer them during lecture. He had overall two midterms and a final, homework on a weekly basis. he also gives out practice midterms and final that are similar to the test. I would take this teacher again if I could
Winter 2015 grade distribution: 25% midterm 25% quizzes 50% final OR 100% final Professor Weisbart: The professor was very strangely in love with math. It was cool to see he was so passionate about it, but it was still kind of creepy. Haha for me personally, I didn't like his teaching style. He kind of freestyles lecture, and I'd rather a professor who had a set plan for teaching. It was really hard to understand the concepts he was teaching because of how abstract he made things seem. TA: My TA was Cassidy Mentus, and he was actually really helpful in going over examples. He basically went over problems by himself on the board, and he went pretty fast. But it was still easy to follow him, and he would answer any questions you had while breezing through a ton of examples. I thought attending discussion was really helpful. Midterm grade: 39/50 78% He sent out a practice midterm and solutions for those problems that had more questions (8) than were going to be on the midterm. I think they would have been helpful if I reviewed it more. It was 4 questions with multiple parts. Quizzes grade: 48/80 60% There was no homework, only suggested problems (and I suggest you do them). I did really bad on the 8 quizzes he sporadically did. He would let you know at least two days before that there were quizzes. You needed to print out your own quiz form, and in the beginning of class he'd give you a bit of time to do two problems. I hated those quizzes. Final grade: 62/80 77.5% He also sent out a practice final with 8 questions and solutions. The actual final was a less than 8 questions though. It was really weird because during the final he made us stop, look up, and he'd take a big camera and take a picture of all of us. And when we turned in our final he'd make us hold them up with our BruinCard and he'd take a picture. He says it protects people in case they lose their exam, but it also helped against cheating. The final was similarly formatted to the midterm. Overall grade: B Thank goodness the class was curved. I did so well in 3A that I was really discouraged with this class. I didn't like his teaching style, but if I worked harder at learning on my own, I feel like I would have done better in the class.
I really wish Professor Weisbart would answer his emails. I've emailed him numerous times, and have yet wait to receive an answer about my final grade in the class. I worked really hard to receive the grade I deserved, but I'm not sure if that will happen =(. He's a gr8 professor though and ALWAYS had his office hours open to his students.
David is probably one of the best math professors that will ever be. He teaches very well in class. He emphasizes not remembering formulas, but actually understanding concepts. His tests are straightforward, and he gives you practice exams that are almost identical to the exams you will take. He also doesn't curve down. He truly wants as many students to get As as possible. For our class, it is 20% for each midterm, 20% for quizzes, and 40% for the final. (Or the 100% final option if your score is that good.) Easy first midterm, semi-harder second midterm, and pretty fair final. Plus, there's an extra credit project that can boost your grade even more.
Math 31B *If you're looking at David to teach you math your first quarter at ucla. DONT. I made that mistake* David is a nice enough guy and he really does care about his students. I would NOT venture to say he is a great professor, though. His lectures are unorganized and he does not manage his class time well; i.e. he says he has 3 topics planned for the day but only gets through one. This sucks when the exams come up and he crams a bunch of topics into 2 days. That being said, his class is bearable. He gives out practice midterms which are identical to the actual midterms. However, you have to do extra problems outside class to do well on the final.
Dave is a very knowledgeable professor and is very concerned with his students doing well. It is sometimes hard to follow him in class, but the notes make much more sense once you've learned everything. He gives helpful practice tests and will hold review sessions if the class asks for it. He's a fair grader, but if you don't put a lot of effort, he won't like you. Going to office hours is helpful and he'll work with you to help you bring up your scores. Very good overall.
David is an excellent instructor. He presents information in a way that is maximally useful to the student. Instead of repeatedly pulling examples from the book as many math professors do, David presents the most general forms of a problem, and then outlines the core tools you have at your disposal to solve specific instances of the general form. He happily answers questions that students have during class, and is consistent in connecting concepts to how they might be applied in the field.