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Professor Forlano made me feel a lot better about my math skills after fall quarter. He explained things pretty clearly and really really aligned with what the textbook was teaching, so anything I wasn't super clear on I could look and find a similar problem in the textbook with a written out explanation. He talks pretty slow, but he has a cool British or Australian accent so it's understandable even at 1.5x speed. His midterms were the first that I felt like would've made sense to give in an in-person setting. They weren't insanely hard like the other exams that professors made for 24 hour midterms, but it still tested the material so it was great. He also provides a lot of practice problems, but we only have to turn in about five specific questions each week. The workload is really light compared to other professors. 10/10 would recommend.
For a new professor, Justin Forlano is a phenomenal lecturer! Even though I'd heard horror stories of the difficulties of Math 32B, imo he made the content really easy to understand and easier than 32A.
- Engaging Lecturer - he balances theory with examples, and I didn't feel too worn out after lectures. He also records and posts them on CCLE, which you can watch at 2x speed
- Clear Explanations - he's good at drawing figures and explaining the geometry behind the theorems and formulas that he goes through, making the class easier for you
- Test difficulty - the two 24-hour midterms and the three timed quizzes were all of low difficulty, and as long as you did the work and attended classes, it was easy! The final was a bit trickier and took me 5-6 hours, but still manageable
- Homework - while he gave a lot of homework problems, only 4-5 had to be submitted every week, which only took 2-3 hours. The other problems were given for practise, and some exam questions on the midterms were based on homework problems.
- Some of the topics he taught were slightly confusing, but the textbook was always there to assist! If you can't buy the textbook, just find a pdf online for reference.
Forlano was really helpful in Office Hours, and would 10/10 recommend him!
Out of all the professors in the math department I've taken classes with, I feel like professor Forlano is probably the lecturer that explains things clearly. He's really good at drawing geometric figures which really helps when trying to understand exactly what the math is trying to represent. Professor Forlano also goes through the trouble of proving essential formulas in a way that makes sense. His tests are of reasonable difficulty and the only thing you need to turn in every week is a few select problems from the homework (which you know beforehand). The workload is very light, but there's a big selection of homework questions you can work on if you feel like you need more practice. Decent class. The professor does talk a bit slow but at 2x speed it's pretty perfect so take advantage of these recorded lectures while they exist.
Because I had a time conflict with another class, I was never able to go to Forlano's lectures live, but I watched them in my own time and although they weren't the most interesting, Forlano was pretty good at explaining difficult concepts and giving examples accordingly. His class was very organized which I appreciated (lectures, homeworks, exams, and exam scores were all posted on time and quickly) and he is very patient in answering students' questions and making sure they understand concepts. Overall, I would take his class again!
Homeworks: 25%, 9 total, lowest 2 dropped, due every week. He would give us a set of 15-20 problems, but only about 5 were assigned and the rest were just for review. He would also post answers for these problems after the due date which was nice
Quizzes: 14.5%, 3 total, 90 minutes to complete on Gradescope. The quizzes each had three computational problems that were pretty similar to homework and weren't too challenging, but he did say that they were supposed to take about 30 minutes and I think most people used all 90 to complete it
Exams: 15% each midterm, 30% final, 24 hours to complete. The first midterm was pretty easy as it was exactly the stuff we practice in class, the second one was definitely harder but not too bad. The final was about twice as long as the midterms and felt pretty long and difficult, but still doable given the amount of time you get
Math 32B with Forlano was actually pretty good. I came into 32B reading online that this would be one of the worst/ hardest lower div math in the 30 series while also struggling a bit with 32A. Forlano explained things really clearly in my opinion and I often felt like I understood the topics. I never really had to rewatch lectures like I did in 32A and just going to lectures live + reviewing with the textbooks was enough to understand what was going on. His homework structure was pretty nice where he had a list of problems he would give every week but only about 5-6 problems were usually due (usually takes about 2-3 hours depending how well u knew the mateiral). Homework was a combination of textbook problems and his own problems. I never did/ looked at the extra homework problems and did okay in this class lol. I think the problems he gives are enough practice to grasp the topics. Exams wise, they were all very fair. The first midterm was super easy and the second one was definitely harder but still doable. The final was pretty straightforward though kinda long. All the exams related well to lecture material and homework problems so if you do the homework/ followed with lectures you should be fine. Quizzes were a bit more tricky since they were timed (supposed to take 30 min but he gave us 90 min to do+upload our work). He's also pretty chill and understanding. For our last quiz he forgot to put a timer and just let us have 24 hrs to take it. I'm honestly very glad I took 32b with Forlano as I learned the material well and exams were fair. 10/10 would recommend!!!
Dr. Forlano's lectures were a little on the dry side, but I felt like I really understood the concepts presented in this class. Every concept is explained to the fullest extent and Justin is always receptive to any questions regarding difficult topics in lecture. Examples are very helpful, and the exams greatly reflect these and the homework questions (which are not too lengthy but do a very good job at facilitating comprehension of the topics). Overall this class feels much better than Math 32A, and I would highly recommend this professor for any math class in general.
32B alone is already pretty hard, but Forlano doesn't really help because He tends to mumble in lectures, making them a lot less engaging and hard to follow. He talks in such a monotonous way that makes you dizzy after a few minutes. Anyways, I am not super good at math myself, and Forlano's class was far from being enjoyable for me.
A lot of us were complaining about Prof. Forlano early in the quarter because his midterms were much harder than the other Math 32B section's take home midterms with Prof. Gleizer. However, after finding out how Gleizer's class got screwed over by his hard final that was not curved, I think I can pretty confidently say that Forlano was the better instructor. I feel like I actually learned a lot about calculus and came out pretty confident with multivariable integration. His exams were hard, but they were related to the lectures, and there were a lot of practice problems. He was pretty helpful during office hours, and he was accommodating when I fell sick during an exam week. In short, he's actually a really good teacher (really don't take this for granted), so I would recommend him, but his exams are hard, and I have heard that there are easier Math 32B professors out there if that's what you're looking for.