Differential and Integral Calculus

Demetri Brizolis

Differential and Integral Calculus

Mathematics department

Demetri Brizolis

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Overall 3.2
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Easiness of class 2.5
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Workload 2.8
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Clarity of professor 3.1
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Helpfulness of professor 3.2
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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

Grades

Fall 2018
20.8%
17.3%
13.9%
10.4%
6.9%
3.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
19.3%
16.1%
12.9%
9.7%
6.4%
3.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
18.4%
15.3%
12.3%
9.2%
6.1%
3.1%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
16.4%
13.6%
10.9%
8.2%
5.5%
2.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
17.4%
14.5%
11.6%
8.7%
5.8%
2.9%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 7, 2019 Grade Received: D+

Listen to everything else that every person who has taken this class with Brizolis in Fall 2018 has to say. As someone who got their GPA destroyed by the final, make sure that your midterm grades are up to par as Brizolis will laugh at your face if you ask him anything about curving in the course. It doesn't help that he doesn't understand how to use the microphone, making the back half of the lecture hall disabled because they can't hear what he says during lecture. He focuses on proofs which are never tested, but his tests are similar in format to the practice ones he provides students. However, it is difficult to predict how complex the problems on the actual exam will be, and often times people will find themselves struggling to finish tests on time. He gives homework every week and occasionally has quizzes in discussion.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 16, 2019 Grade Received: B+

As much as the fall 2018 reviews for Brizolis are warranted terrible, I will give you a voice of reason here. Brizolis is genuinely a better professor than my 31B professor is now, and I feel like I genuinely learned a lot about calculus (and algebra, for that matter) from his class. If you are at UCLA to learn (what are you, a nerd?), then this class is a fantastic choice. That said, if you care about your grade, even a little bit, do not take 31A with Brizolis. I would imagine that he learned his lesson by giving the world's most hellish and curveball final to students that did not even remotely see it coming, considering the godawful reviews he received for this quarter. Nonetheless, you need to be warned, that unless your other two classes are an absolute joke, this class will put you into the soil. You will need to work like you've never worked before, but by god, if you have that ethic, you will emerge a deity of calculus.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted May 21, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 7, 2020 Grade Received: D

I took this class with Brizolis, didn't pass, and then retook it with a different professor and got an A. Granted, I was retaking the class so obviously I had an advantage, but the second time around my tests were SIGNIFICANTLY easier than the ones Brizolis gave. The majority of what he does in class is proofs and theories with limited examples, and then the exams are more of a test of your high school algebra skills than anything.

Listen to the rest of the reviews, and DO NOT take this class with him if you have the chance. If it's your only option, do the homework thoroughly every time it's assigned (which is every class), and study HARD for the midterms and final.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Oct. 16, 2019 Grade Received: NR

Brizolis is a very straightforward lecturer who explains concepts very throughly and well. As someone who took AP Calc AB in high school, I found his midterms to be doable. Overall, the concepts in 31A are pretty simple but Brizolis likes to make his exam questions unnecessarily long-winded. Luckily if you do the practice tests, you should be good for the midterms. The final on the other hand...he managed to destroy everyone's grades and everyone looked shell-shocked coming out of the exam. I was barely able to finish the exam within the 3 hours time slot so be warned!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Sept. 24, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Selling loose leaf textbook $35 (Rogawski/Adams, Calculus, 3rd Edition) 626-240-9385

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 10, 2019 Grade Received: B

like everyone else, i too got dicked by the final. despite that, i think taking the class with brizzy helped me establish a solid foundation for math here. i found both 31b and 32a to be easier than 31a. if u care more about learning than ur gpa, id suggest taking this class over easier alternatives.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted May 7, 2019 Grade Received: B

As a student who took Calculus AB, I have to say that his class is significantly more challenging. His first midterm was pretty cake, but the final was on some other level. He gave us his previous final exams to prepare, but the final he gave us was far more difficult. If you're more concerned about learning the material well, Brizolis is a fantastic professor. He explains the concepts clearly and effectively. I would recommend this professor for his effectiveness.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 15, 2019 Grade Received: C-

Brizolis's lectures are extremely fast-paced and often unclear. He mostly teaches through doing proofs which he outright tells you you don't need for exams and are completely unhelpful in learning the fundamentals of calculus concepts. While some kids may be interested in proofs, the majority of us are there to pass a pre-req for other classes and it would be more meaningful to actually learn the material at hand rather than wasting the short amount of class time we have on irrelevant proofs. His first midterm is not overly challenging, but there is a time crunch for all his exams. The second midterm is much harder, but definitely doable. As for the final, brace yourself. It was horrible, mainly because 3/10 questions (approx. 30 pts) were on concepts he did not even COVER in class or on homework assignments, and the rest of it was frankly just really hard too, filled with random algebraic concepts that have nothing to do with calculus. The class average was extremely low, and he refused to curve. Many people had to retake the class the following quarter, which is unfair because it wasn't a fair reflection of their calculus knowledge, rather just a reflection of a poor professor.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 14, 2019 Grade Received: B+

He gives you all the resources to study for his tests and quizzes, he just uses a lot of proofs in lectures which aren't helpful. But his course makes sense.

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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
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