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March's 32B is the easiest mathematics major course I've ever take, and this is definitely an easy A class.
He provides notes and sample exams of previous quarters which makes the midterms and final very very easy, as long as you go through and understand all the questions of those materials. Besides, his HWs are all optional, while his lecture is very clear and well structured. Overall, March is one of the best math professors I've ever met, and you absolutely wont regret taking his class if you want an easy A.
I didn't expect this class to be easy like this. Prof. Boedihardjo made the class so much simpler. The course materials, quizzes, and exams were all straightforward. Homework is optional too.
To be honest, this is an easy A, but at the end of the day, I don't feel that I have learned much.
The March way is to not make things more complicated and harder for yourself which is the best way...
Lectures were explained super concisely. Usually, I get confused from lectures and read the textbook, but I did not even touch the textbook this quarter. He has pre-typed out notes during lecture, which are great because there is no time wasted writing out and solving all the equations. Homework was optional, although I did all of them which was completely adequate preparation for quizzes and exams. He even includes full solutions to those homework questions, which is honestly just amazing. No surprises on exams, they reflect what is taught in class exactly.
TLDR March is so clear and will get rid of confusion in a confusing class
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.
**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.
Professor March has got down Multi-Variable Calculus to a science. His lectures are so thorough and comprehensive on the types of questions asked during tests, that I never even had to pick up the textbook all quarter. While his teaching style takes some getting used to, (simply talking over slides instead of working out problems with students) his slides cover everything needed for tests which. Homework is optional so your entire grade is built off of quizzes and tests, but I highly recommend doing the homework since it's basically the tests! Overall, I would highly recommend taking Math 32B with the math prodigy himself.
Best math professor ever! He's extremely easy and fair, although he's not the best if you want to get a deep understanding of the concepts. The averages on exams and quizzes were near 100% every time, as this was his first quarter teaching. There's optional homework, which is definitely worthwhile to do because the exams and quizzes are pulled directly from the homework with different numbers. He never turned his camera on, but he was a funny and helpful professor. Definitely take March!
March is a very straightforward professor. His homework was ungraded with answers provided. His tests are very similar to the homework. He always says what will be on the test and sometimes writes practice questions. This makes him a pretty easy and stress-free professor. He does not try to trick students.
At the same time, he would often gloss over what things were conceptually. He would often write things off as just some concept in physics and not give a very good answer to what things actually were. He also only scrolls through a pdf as his means of lecturing.
Overall, would take class again, especially since I had a large workload from other classes this quarter, but definitely would have liked more visualizations and better descriptions of what things were conceptually. Also, not sure if he will continue to be so easy in the future as the averages for tests were often close to 100% and I'm unsure if the department is fine with that.
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.
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