Differential and Integral Calculus

Matthias Aschenbrenner

Differential and Integral Calculus

Mathematics department

Matthias Aschenbrenner

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Easiness of class 2.6
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Workload 2.9
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Clarity of professor 2.8
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Helpfulness of professor 2.4
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Winter 2017
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13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
18.2%
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12.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
15.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
21.4%
17.8%
14.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted May 21, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

I am currently selling the Calculus: Single Variable 3rd edition loose-leaf textbook by Rogawski/Adams (ISBN 9781319025397) for $30.

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Sept. 24, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Selling loose leaf textbook $35 (Rogawski/Adams, Calculus, 3rd Edition) 626-240-9385

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 21, 2017 Grade Received: B

He's a great professor a lot of people only say he sucks because his midterms and final are challenging but not impossible. There is a curve at the end of the class that does come in handy in helping your grade. Practice a lot of examples from the books and practice midterms and you'll do fine. He's a really great professor people only complain because they didn't get the grade they wanted in the class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 4, 2017 Grade Received: B-

Aschenbrenner was pretty awful. He was unclear, often got his own examples wrong, and could not answer questions. He would hold classes in past the ending time and get angry when people would leave. The class averages on the two midterms were a 42 and a 66 and I forget the final average, but it was around a 50-55. The curve ends up helping a lot (I had a Fail that curved to a B-) but people who have taken calculus before have an unfair advantage and skew the curve too. The homework and class quizzes are super easy but the midterms and final were insanely hard. He gives out the answer keys right after the tests, so you know what you got right away if you calculate it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 27, 2016 Grade Received: A-

That I'm taking two math classes this quarter helped me have a better view of him in retrospect. He is alright. His accent isn't at all bad unline what others say. He makes jokes that he thinks is funny. That's OK too. Go easy on the German guy.

Now, the lectures are as conceptual as they can get apart from some examples, so in order to have a good grasp of what's going on, you're recommended to read the lecture topics from the book in advance. Because in every lecture, you get to learn something that's not in the book that you can build on top of that, which gives you an edge and that epiphany you get when you (think that you) truly understand math. He's not always clear in what he says, not because of the accent, but sometimes he zones out and starts teaching to himself instead of the class. I had to ask questions where I didn't understand. So a bit low on clarity for that reason.

The exams are of understandable difficulty. Every midterm and the final will have that one question that'll screw you up, beside the majority plug-the-formula-and-get-the-answer questions. But turns out it was always my TA who came up with that one mothersucker question every midterm, so no blame on Aschenbrenner himself.

He invites you to ponder over the concepts that gives rise to other concepts, and provided you attend every lecture, you can see the flow.

Considering that you're going to take subsequent math classes such as 31B and 32A, be 31A a class that'll not give you an easy A but one that'll help you understand calculus. Because I'm taking both at the same time and they assume that you know how to derive and integrate like a piece of cake, and 31A is 80% derivatives in case you don't know.

If another professor is offered for this class, choose that professor only if you're lazy and that professor is clearer, or if you don't like professors with accents in general. Ensure the other professor is somewhat conceptual because calculator-like learning of calculus won't get you anywhere. So depending on your study habits and interest in the subject, choosing Aschenbrenner could be a gamble for you.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2015 Submitted Feb. 23, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Having never taken a calculus class before, I was totally and absolutely bewildered in this class. Lectures are incredibly boring, he spelled things wrong, and once even got so lost in the only example that he ever presented to us that he GAVE UP solving it on the board. Beyond that, he never gave any examples during class, only focused on theory that we never needed to prove. TAs were no better; also taught meaningless theories without ever clearly explaining the problems we were actually expected to do. Midterm averages were always about 50%, and a concerning amount of students failed this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 17, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Aschenbrenner is a very nice guy, always easygoing. However, I would not recommend his class if you are not good at calculus. If you've taken it already in high school and done well, you should be fine, but this class is not for people who are just beginning calculus. Aschenbrenner goes right along with the book, which is convenient, and his homework is reasonable, but the midterms and the final will screw you over if you don't know how to expand on what is taught. They are nothing like the material in lectures or the homework, but instead are more abstract and ask students to go beyond his lessons (too beyond). I will say that there is a generous curve which helps those who are struggling, but you must do decently on the final (which is extremely difficult) in order to pass.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Oct. 21, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Be prepared for a super nice guy, but not the greatest teacher. He has a heavy accent which makes some things pretty hard to understand. His lectures move pretty fast and are sometimes hard to keep up with, so make sure if you take this class you are able to attend office hours. I took calculus in high school and this class is still difficult. He is friendly and is happy to answer questions in class, but his teaching is not the best. The homework is manageable and due every friday, followed by a quiz every tuesday. The first midterm was definitely more difficult than the homework problems and seemed slightly unfair. Most students were unable to complete the exam. If you took calculus in high school, I would say you're safe to take this class, but if this is your first time with the material this professor is not the one for you.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 11, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

For me, Professor Aschenbrenner was sub-par. Going into the class with previous calculus experience, I failed the first midterm. Realizing his lectures were useless in terms of the tests, homework, and understanding, I never again attended a lecture aside from discussion, which was the only thing worthwhile. By going to the TAs office hours and discussion (highly recommend matt lane), I proceeded to get an A on the second midterm and the final. Traditionally professors are supposed to teach, but if you're looking for this don't take Aschenbrenner. I did get extra sleep though, so I guess in a way it wasn't so bad

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 2, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Aschenbrenner explains concepts very well; rather than throwing formulas up on the board, he guides students through the math by presenting a problem and then walking through how to solve it. His proofs were extremely helpful.

His tests are pretty difficult, but also generously curved, so I never really had a problem with them.

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