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James was incredibly understanding this past quarter and really worked with the students to make sure our needs were met. If we were struggling, he would add additionally office hours and he even made adjustments to the grading scheme. Overall, even though this class was challenging and unclear at times, it was a great experience and James is a good professor. If you are willing to engage, you will get a lot out of his class.
Don't get me wrong, Professor Cameron is a nice person but steer away from him if you want to avoid reading the textbook to learn the slightly complex 32B syllabus. Professor Cameron is an extremely nice guy who genuinely seems to care about his students. Given the coronavirus circumstances, he was also very lenient about his syllabus and ended up changing it slightly (he allowed us to drop 3 quizzes instead of 2 and let us drop a HW grade). The online format of the class also made it extremely easy since almost everything assigned was 24+ hours and the final was 72 hours which made it extremely doable. The professor uses Piazza for questions and answers which I found rather dull and Campuswire is a better option (Professor White used this). There is one huge issue about Professor Cameron though, he is really not a good professor. His explanation is based on textbook definitions with very little conceptual emphasis and his terrible handwriting makes it hard to understand his already unclear explanations. Furthermore, his quizzes were terribly hard for the given timeframe on Gradescope and made up 30% of our grade. Since it was his first time teaching the class, he essentially ripped off Noah White's content and attempted to use his lecturing techniques but terribly failed. I got so sick of his lectures that I stopped attending them and instead asked a friend for Professor White's lecture links. Overall, I enjoyed the class purely due to the content and not due to Professor Cameron's teaching so it is hard for me to give him a high grade. He is a very helpful and nice person though so props to him for that!
Holy cow I hated this guy so much. He made the class 10x more stressful than it needed to be. The online quizzes were death traps, you're never given enough time and the questions are extremely difficult, completely unrelated to anything you see in class or in the textbook. They're impossible to study for. The exams were fairer, but they were also 24 hours so time wasn't really an issue. Overall I would avoid him if at all possible. I felt that he made the online class experience even worse than it already was. Way too stressful and to be clear, not a good enough teacher to justify that.
A lot of people seemed to have problems with this professor, but I personally thought he was pretty decent. He was very helpful and kind in regards to accommodating for COVID and BLM, as he dropped more three quiz grades as opposed to the two that were originally in the syllabus. He also dropped one homework assignment. A couple of the homework assignments were quite difficult and time-consuming and graded on correctness. However, I found the tests to be very fair and manageable, especially since we had 24 hours for each midterm and 72 hours for the final. He did seem to regurgitate his notes from the textbook, but I didn't have any major problems with his teaching style. Overall, I would take this class with him again.
So ngl, I didn't go to lecture because I went to the other prof that didn't conflict with my schedule, but sometimes when I did watch the recorded lectures over, he definitely improved over the quarter. I liked that he definitely changed his class to account for these unprecedented times and changed the grading of his class and how the midterms and finals were administered. He was a very nice guy also and was super nice about extending due dates of the homework. Also the homework was hard, but ask the TA's and go to the prof's office hours because they really help and will do a lot of the work for you. The midterms were very fair, first one being a lot easier than the second, but that was expected because you learn harder stuff as the quarter goes on. We had a 72 hour final lol so that was really nice and it was written as a 2 hour final. You have to put in work for the homework and outside of class sometimes to understand the content by doing practice problems, otherwise I really liked him for 32B. 32B can be challenging at times but I actually thought it wasn't that bad and I'm an engineering major, definitely not the best at math at all, but this class was very manageable and would recommend taking it with him. He also had a thing called Piazza where you could ask him questions which I found helpful as well. We also had discussion points, super easy with my TA, you just had to show up basically lol, but the LA's were actually helpful. I also really liked my TA, he made memes for us too about what we were learning, so wholesome and it always made my day. Also, he used some of the problems from the discussion worksheet on tests so those were helpful to do.
James was very understanding of the unique circumstances that we were going through in this quarter with the pandemic and the protests. He dropped 3 of our 7 quizzes, 1 of our participation grades, and he gave us 72 hours for the final. He also offered 12 extra credit points on the final out of a 50 point final. While this might be different during in person classes, James was a decent lecturer (not the best but not horrible) and his office hours were incredibly helpful. He is a nice person who truly tries his best. Would take a class with him again
Even though I did well in this class, the amount of work it required was astronomical. Though Professor Cameron tried to be as accommodating as possible due to COVID and BLM, his lectures were pretty hard to follow at times, we weren't given enough time for the quizzes on many occasions, and the class began to deviate into complex analysis topics (which, given the fact that we are all first or second year undergraduates, was beyond the scope of this class). The class breakdown for virtual classes was as follows:
1) Participation: 5%
2) Homework: 20%
3) Quizzes: 30%
4) Midterm 1: 12.5%
5) Midterm 2: 12.5%
6) Final: 20%
I thought the class was pretty chill and actually easier than 32A, probably contrary to a lot of people. While the professor's handwriting was a little hard to read sometimes, I thought he was a solid lecturer, but I devoted 99% of my study time to doing the practice problems he sent out every week, which really helped to nail the material. While the lectures were a good supplement, I barely reviewed the lecture notes, so I think the best advice (for 32B w/ any professor) is to commit to doing as many problems as you can and don't rely on the lectures too much. Overall, I thought the content was super interesting and enjoyed visualizing 3D shapes/surfaces and all that stuff.