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You should definitely take him if you have the chance. His class is hard, but you learn a lot and he's a fair grader. As long as you put in a lot of effort and try your best, he'll be concerned about you doing well in his class. Go to his office hours--he's very helpful. Dave is definitely a professor that goes above and beyond to make sure his students succeed. I had him for two quarters. When I took 33B, I got an F on the first midterm, but I asked him for help and I ended up getting a B in class. If you really want to learn math with a great teacher, I highly recommend taking this class.
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.
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.
The class was difficult for me in the beginning, but when I went to his office hours he really took the time to explain things to me. He is very concerned for students' grades and wants them to do well (he stays hours over the required office hours time). He drops little hints and information that will be on the midterms and final at office hours, so I highly recommend going.
On the other hand, his lectures are confusing and sometimes he confuses himself too. It happened several times where he wrote stuff, students had it in their notes, then the next lecture he would apologize for doing/saying the wrong thing. It happened way more times than it should have. Also, he did waste lecture time showing us how to calculate stuff and at the end say, "oh but you don't need to know that."
Overall, I'm glad I took his class because I received an A-, but he is not a very good professor in terms of explaining and lecturing. So if you are really interested in his class topic and want to learn and know the information, you probably don't want to take him, but if you just need to get through the math series, I'd go ahead and take him. Lastly, he does a grading system that picks the best overall grade for you..either summing up the HW, midterms and final, or counting the final exam as 100% of your grade.
I took Math3A during my Freshman year with him and I took Math3C with him Fall quarter of my 2nd year and all I can say is that He IS the BEST math professor I've ever had in my life. He cares about students doing well and continuously tries to go over materials to make sure students learn. His practice exams are very helpful and I suggest you go to his Office Hours because he'll answer all your questions and give you tips on what to study. In short, take HIM if he is teaching a math class that you need. He is by FAR the BEST and he wants you to do well.
To people who think he is a bad professor it's probably because they didn't do the work they were required (such as hw) and thought it was a easy class where they can study the night before of the exam...Well I did what was required, attended lecture, did my hw, went to office hours when I need to ask questions and I ended up with an A in 3A and an A in 3C. His grading system is very student friendly as well. He gives you the option to drop one of your midterms and have the final count for more or the final can count as your grade in the class.
Long story short, the best professor at UCLA's math department and this is coming from someone who didn't have the greatest or best math background but was able to succeed.
Got an A in the class with some work involved. Go to office hours, go over practice tests and hw thoroughly before exams and you'll do well. He's a good lecturer, a good guy, down to earth, speaks english well lol..i recommend him...i enjoyed this class maybe its b/c i've always loved math though : )