All Ratings and Reviews for Mau-Chung Frank Chang
Proff Chang is a nice person and very understanding, his examples are true life things
but your gpa will definately have an accident.There is no doubt about that, for his curve or grading system is like the one used in Brazil in 10 century. a word is enough for the wise. Good luck
His lectures are not that bad. The tests are nothing like the lectures. It's very difficult. Overall, not recommended at all.
Chang is seriously funny. I was wide awake in every class thanks to his jokes. His teaching style is pretty good but it requires you to really get an intuitive feeling for the material on your own. The tests weren't that bad but the 2nd midterm was very long. The TA was nice enough to tell us what was on the midterms ahead of time. The course reader was riddled with errors. Learning from it was a pain sometimes since the examples were either done wrong or too basic that the procedures wouldn't work on chang's test. Overall the class wasn't that bad and the final turned out to be the easiest one I took this spriing.
a funny guy who never goes to class on time expect the lecture before final. his jokes are hilarious which makes the class extremely funny, high recommend this class if you want to take EE class for fun.
Overall, the professor is not a bad guy. He makes his lectures interesting, his exams aren't that bad, and his grading policy is fair. You should attend lecture, especially the lectures leading up to a test, because he often gives hints as to what to study for, and some of his examples show up directly on the test. He is funny, always makes jokes at the expense of Cal and Stanford, and makes some analagies to help us understand that cracks everyone up. The material is somewhat difficult, but just as long as you keep up with the other students, you should do fine.
Not a bad professor. Had him for ee115A. His lecturing is not bad. Occasionally some explanations are not too clear, but that is also the result of the subject matter. He really wants you to learn the stuff, so thats encouraging. Also, he is freaking hilarious!!! Just his whole manner and some of his crazy analogies... classic.
A brief summary of the course (EE115a) as I took it: The first midterm was insanely hard, the average was about 20%. The professor spends a lecture telling the class how dumb they are compared to his previous classes. The prof then makes the last midterm and final much easier, and most of the class manages to pass.
This class was probably one of my most painful to date at UCLA. I recommend taking the class with Kaiser, as my experiences with him are much better (in fact, I learned most of the material for this class from his old lecture notes). The only good thing about the class is the jokes Chang makes in class, but don't expect to learn much from him. And if you do take him, make sure it's not at 8am, and you have good TAs (which is what my class really suffered from).
And one last thing, the curve is pretty crappy. To give an example, I was in the top 6 (out of 60) with a near perfect on the final, and I only got an A-. Not that I'm complaining, just pointing out that it's damn near impossible to get an A.
QUICK VERDICT: DON'T TAKE CHANG FOR 115A !
If I wasn't strangely in love with amplifiers, I would've dropped this class after the 1st week and gone to Bus-Econ. Honestly speaking...he is the MOST HILARIOUS professor in the entire school. He could have his own standup comedy show, yet at the same time, he is the WORST PROFESSOR in the school at the same time. Why did I not drop the class, and why did I do pretty well on both midterms? Because I had the most amazing TA who could explain 5 hours of Chang's useless babbling in 30 min of discussions time while cramming in good practice problems in the other 20 min remaining. Our TA was completely abused this quarter and we had 100000 people at his office hours every day. If you aren't as lucky to get a TA like this...honestly don't take this guy. If you care at all about learning circuits, you should 1) take someone else, 2) live off the course reader (it's amazing), OR 3) go to bus-econ. But I wish I had some of his lectures on recording...they are honestly once in a lifetime experiences. I still hope to get an A-/B+ in this class.
PEOPLE SHOULD REALIZE THERES ALREADY A PAGE FOR CHANG ON BRUINWALK!!!
That being said, anyone wandering to this page shouldn't get the wrong impression. Chang is a funny guy and an interesting lecturer. His homeword is definitely harder than the book's (razavi's hw's). His tests are written ENTIRELY BY THE TA for the course. So your grade will depend solely on the TA for that particular quarter. Chang will tell the TA what kind of questions to ask thats it. The TA grades most of the exams also. Chang is very hands off on the grading except for the final overall grading. If you get a bad TA, be prepared for a lot of work. If you get a good TA, then the class is pretty easy. Most of the time Chang will tell his TA to require small signal analysis. So the previous poster lucked out, Chang usually makes them dock points for the right answer but the wrong small signal steps. Take Chang if you have a chance because he's funny and Razavi's 115B is so much easier having taken Chang's 115A.
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Chang is a hilarious professor who is easy to follow. He posts lecture notes ahead of time, and it matches the book very well. The course load is reasonable, with about 6 problems per hw set, and it's not that difficult (helps to have a great TA - Erica - like ours). I thought I learned more from the book than the lecture, but it's still worth attending because Chang throws in these funky analogies: to explain impedance matching, he said that when looking for a wife in India, you drive through the neighborhoods looking for a house exactly like yours, with the same kind of front gate, etc, to find somebody at the same status as you. Beware - he picks on people a lot in class, whether they are asleep or not, especially the girls. Oh, and there are two midterms, which aren't so bad. The only bad thing are his "bonus" questions; nobody can figure out just what those are, because the class is curved. So prepare for bonuses anyway, and expect 5-6 problems on the exams. I would recommend him for any EE class.
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