Calculus of Several Variables

James Ralston Jr

Calculus of Several Variables

Mathematics department

James Ralston Jr

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Overall 3.8
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Easiness of class 1.8
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Winter 2014
18.9%
15.8%
12.6%
9.5%
6.3%
3.2%
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Winter 2013
20.1%
16.7%
13.4%
10.0%
6.7%
3.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 5, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Ralston is a adorable guy. He has the energy should not appear in his age. Extreme easy midterm but hard final. Exams relevant to the book and you dont even go to the lecture. The grading policy is fine as long as you get 80+ overall, your are guarantee a A-. I did every single problem from the book and got A in the end.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 9, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Selling Multivariable Calculus for 32A/B for 30 dollars. Used two quarters with some notes. In good condition. Email at 378311458@qq.com

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 4, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

The quizzes are 20%, make sure you do well on them. Two midterms are 30% in total and the final is 50%. I did really well on the first two midterms but got average on the final. I ended up with a B+...So make sure you study a lot for the final. Granted, his lectures can be boring sometimes, but he really care about his students. Go to his office hour if you feel like to. I would recommend him.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 3, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Ralston is a pretty good professor overall. After having a horrible professor for 32A, you learn to deal with what you get. Ralston's class wasn't hard, really. His quizzes are pretty fair. The first one he said he made "too easy" and the second one was "too hard", so he tried balancing it, which I think he did after the third quiz. I got a B in his class, which isn't the best grade, but in his syllabus he says the average grade is a B-, so that's pretty awesome. His hour exams, or midterms, weren't too hard. The first one everyone did extremely well. I got a 48/50. The second one, he tried making it a bit harder, and I got a 38/50, which was the average. His final, though, was hard as f***. The average was a 59%, and I got a 55%.

Overall, I think he was a good professor. Easy quizzes and midterms, hard final. He does a few examples during class but mostly proofs, so it isn't absolutely necessary to go to lecture.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 17, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Ralston is okay. He understands the material, but his lectures are extremely boring. He derives the equations in the book so you'll fall asleep easily. He's very nice and understanding too.

When I took the class, the first midterm was way too easy (average grade was an A) so he made the second midterm very hard (the average was a D). The final was average difficulty.

You don't need to go to class to do well on the tests. Just read the book and do a lot of practice problems.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 26, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Ralston forgets things once in a while while teaching which will frustrate his students many times. However, he finds out his mistake right away or the students point it out for him and he corrects himself immediately. He is very concerned with his students and teaching. He's not the most effective teacher ever and students need to read the book themselves or go to office hours to completely understand the course -- but you basically need to do this for every teacher. So no biggy.

The first midterm averaged an 81% mean with 86% median (the highest he's had so far in his teaching career apparently). So, his second midterm was MUCH harder with 55% average. His final had a 64% average.

He's much better than most math teachers out there and is nice with his grading. If you get 80% of the possible points, then you are guaranteed an A or A-. Or 25% of the class will get A's. You have to do webwork, about 10 problems in one week and no problems in the textbook, altho he does give optional suggested problems if you want more practice. He sometimes pushes back webwork due dates if not that many people have finished it yet.

I suggest to take Ralston over Dearricott, Mess, Kozhan to name a few.

I took him for 32A and 32B and if he was teaching 33A, I woulda taken him again. :<

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