Quarter Taken:
Fall 2018
Submitted Dec. 17, 2018
Grade Received:
B+
In all honesty, Calc I isn't too difficult of a subject, but with Brizolis... it's another story. I took calc BC in high school and did really well, but this class was an eye opener because of the insane amount of accuracy you need with the algebra to get a solid grade. His tests use really ugly numbers (with stuff like cubed roots) that you're expected to plug back into equations, and problems more than often took up nearly the whole page, so I felt like this class was more of an advanced algebra class than a calculus class. So if you're clean, organized, FAST, and ORGANIZED with computations, you won't have a problem with this class. Since basically everyone taking this class is a freshman, I can definitely assure you that it IS super fast paced like people say with the quarter system, and if you didn't take calculus back in high school, you will probably be screwed. I mean I guess his first midterm was pretty easy, but then it gets progressively harder, and by the final, you'll wanna cry low key.

On the other hand, Brizolis teaches you all the concepts you need to know to succeed, it's just that you need to be solid with algebra on top of those calc concepts to actually succeed. Also don't get discouraged by the delta epsilon proof in the first lecture, that's like the only different thing you'll learn that's different from AP calculus. And I will say that his related rates and optimization problems on his tests are WAY easier than the ones from AP, since he narrows it down to like 3 different types. But with that being said, the main reason why this quarter's students got screwed over was because we had an ellipse for a cross section volume question AND optimization question , which he never showed as examples in class.

So yea, as a math major, this was ideally supposed to be an ez A, but after the insanity of this class, i am beyond grateful I pulled off a B+. Thank you father Brizolis and ucla for teaching me to stop being obsessed with perfection, papa bless