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March is so derpy and eccentric, which made this class pretty funny and interesting at times, but other than that, his lectures are very straightforward and a bit monotonous at times, but it is never too roundabout or filled with fluff. If you're like most of the people in this class, this branch of math is probably something that you've never had experience with before, so there will be a lot of WTF moments in lecture where he teaches you a shitton of new things that you've literally never seen before, but the important thing is PRACTICE. If you complete all the homework and extra practice problems he gives you, you'll realize that the content isn't actually too difficult, it's just all about really knowing your notes well. If you don't know how to do problems on the homework or practice problems, go to office hours!! My TA was super super helpful and it really helps you because a lot of the times the test questions were pretty similar.
I'm writing this just as our final has been moved online due to corona virus. March, at the very last minute, decided to change his grading scheme to make the midterms worth 30% each. He did this because he does not care at all about student wellbeing or have any empathy. While most teacher took this opportunity to be lenient and show kindness he decided to bash us down even further. He is horrible at explaining, he talks to the board the whole time, and never gives examples like the test. He is mean and a horrible teacher, he should not be teaching. He is some child prodigy who has come here with the emotional intelligence of a rock to fuck over students in math who don't live and breathe math.
Overall, I do not recommend taking 3C with him because the material itself is not that hard, he is just unreasonable.
**This is a review from online classes during COVID**
Professor March Boedihardjo is leaving UCLA for UCI next year (those darn Anteaters :/) after which he intends to move to Switzerland, so this review may honestly not be relevant in the future. Nonetheless, I do have several positive things to say about this icon, and on the off chance he remains in the US, this may still be helpful.
I was scared coming into this class after my experiences in Math 32A, especially because 32B is widely regarded as the hardest in the Math 30 series. However, the way March sets up his class makes it surprisingly easy. Admittedly, he's not too deep or conceptual with a lot of his explanations, so if you're seeking substantial conceptual knowledge it may not be found here. That said, people seeking in-depth conceptual explanations and rigorous proofs of the mathematical concepts we learn really ought to be looking towards upper-division, proof-based courses anyway. The payoff of being able to say you learned from a former child prodigy is enough to make up for any grievances, even if he kept his camera off for the entirety of online learning.
Grading: 25% quizzes, 22.5% each for both midterms, 30% final
March's lectures generally follow the textbook, and he goes off of a pdf he types up himself in advance. This may be a slight deviation from what most people are used to as most other math professors did example problems live and wrote with iPads for online classes. However, March's trackpad skills made lectures quite enjoyable to witness, and honestly, I felt like I learned the material the same either way (the math department had originally promised him an iPad as well, but it never arrived). His explanations aren't super in-depth conceptually as I mentioned before, but the way he presents things is pretty straightforward, and he provides several examples for you to see what is happening computationally. He also has a lot of humorous quips about what the shapes out of the textbook represent and such, so I personally enjoyed his lectures quite a bit even if they were different.
You can see from the grading scheme that there's no homework in your grade, and that's because all the homework he assigns is optional and for your own practice. He writes his own homework and also posts the solutions on CCLE so you can pretty much practice and figure out how to do everything at your leisure, and if you don't understand something, you can ask him and he will clarify during office hours. He recommends you to keep up with all the homework and that's probably best. However, I got into the (bad) habit of only doing the homework before quizzes and exams, and I still ultimately scored relatively well on all of them. The quizzes and exams had questions that were VERY similar to the homework (as in nearly identical, with slightly different numbers and functions), and for the exams, he even posts previous quarters' exams with solutions. He was also very transparent about what would appear on the quizzes and exams, to the point of listing the exact topics and the number of questions we would have in an email the night before the quiz/exam. These factors honestly made it very easy to succeed in his class, especially with online learning.
I absolutely would take this class again. From March's legendary trackpad skills, to his iconic child prodigy status, to his hilarious tendency to cutoff zoom calls before everyone in the class even has the chance to thank him, the many features of his class have made Math 32B, a class that I was originally dreading, relatively stress-free and even enjoyable.
This class was much easier than I expected. This professor is amazing and students at UCI will be very lucky to have him this upcoming school year. I wish the professor nothing but the best as he will also be leaving for Switzerland shortly after teaching for a bit at UCI.
Homeworks are not collected in his class. So if you are a lazy person hardly writes homeworks, like me, you will find the exams super difficult. His slides were not perfect, but his lectures were very helpful. I think he has a certain teaching ability and unique insights into mathematics.
The class concepts can be difficult, but March teaches in like the simplest way possible and makes everything seem easy. He is super lenient and understanding, and his exams are mostly computational. As a bonus, he also made grades 90% and above a solid A which is super nice. Overall, you can't go wrong with March.
I really liked him! He's a pretty clear speaker, knows his stuff, doesn't mind questions, and does a lot of practice problems. He often points out common mistakes that students make, which is damn helpful. He also gives us review sheets for each test with a substantial number of problems (the final one had 55), and had extra office hours the day before each test (& let us stay past office hours, bless his heart). Quizzes were all straight from the homework except for one that everybody messed up on, but we could tell he felt bad for us on that one lol, so I doubt he'll do it again in future classes. And the grading scheme is generous enough to allow a solid A with a bombed quiz. The first midterm was a little tough but still fair, while the second midterm and final were straight from his review sheets. The second midterm time crunch was the tough part, but you have lots of time on the final. He gives you a lot of hints on what the tests/quizzes will be on, and for the final, he literally told us the topic of each question. He's receptive to feedback and took out some topics from the tests because he heard we didn't like them. He also said he'd make the final easy on purpose to help our grades, and he definitely followed through on that. He jokes around, too! But be sure you follow basic rules like bringing your ID (or a passport, lmao) to tests.
He did pull a couple minor stunts. His FRQ grading can be harsh, so if you're given a choice between FRQ and MC, run to the MC unless you're confident you can 100% solve the FRQ. Also, we didn't realize we would possibly be tested on a couple Taylor series tricks until we got the review sheet. This was a week before the actual test, though, and the tricks were easy to learn. They ended up not being on the tests anyways, hah!
Oh yeah, his grading is lightning fast for the midterms/final. You get your results in a couple days, including the exact distribution of how many students got what score, which was really helpful.
If you couldn't tell, I strongly recommend this guy!!
The last review isn't accurate, he does add pluses and minuses. I literally failed the first midterm with a 57%, got a 97% on the second midterm and an 82% on the final. I ended with a B+ which was a miracle to me. If you aren't good at probability, you will not do well on the first midterm at least. Even after days of studying, I was unable to understand it.
He is very clear about what he will test you on. He gives homework and optional exercises which will prepare you well for the tests. Midterms for our class were a little hard but Final was quite easy. For his class 90 is A. So class is not curved. Would definitely take it again!