Calculus for Life Sciences Students

Michael Allen Hall

Calculus for Life Sciences Students

Mathematics department

Michael Allen Hall

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Calculus for the Life Sciences (Looseleaf) (Txt+olcard)
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ISBN: 9781118988527
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 12, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

The person who posted directly below clearly does not understand the meaning of a curve.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

It was my first quarter as a freshman at UCLA, and I had no idea what to expect from this class. I'm going into my 2nd year and I can say without hesitation that this was by far the hardest class I have ever taken up to this point (I took 3B and 3C with different professors but nothing compared to how hard this one was). I got a C on the first midterm, a B on the 2nd midterm, and a D on the final, and it somehow ended up becoming an A-. To this day I still don't get how that happened, even with the curve, but apparently half the class failed the final. If any other professors are teaching, take the class with them. Anything but Hall. He's a nice guy, but his tests are just too difficult no matter how much you study. I'm a physiology major and could honestly care less about math.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 19, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Very Predictable professor. Easy class. Ended with an A+. Selling Neuhauser book with solutions manual needed for Math 3A,3B,3C for $95. Text/call me at 909-438-0213 if interested :)

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 11, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This professor is awesome. Cares very much for the subject and his students. Yes, this guy is hard for a 3A professor but don't freak out because it's all curved. Being in a hard class with a normalized curves just means that you will be rewarded more if your intelligent since you will be able to see through the tricks in his problem. I really liked his grading system because it was very flexible. You get to drop your lowest midterm. And yes, he is very adorable. His quirks helps make listening to lecture more entertaining.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 5, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

As an incoming freshman this year, I took Hall because no other teacher was available and heeeeeeee...is ok. But you will probably be stressed out all quarter if math is not your #1 strongest subject.

As a person, Hall is a really great guy! He's very approachable and receptive in his office hours and likes to make sure that people's questions are answered to their fullest. In class, he also has these quirks that I found very likeable. For example, his whole body bobs up and down when he writes on the board and he has this adorable stammer. His antics were strangely attractive to me...haha!

Anyway, I found that his teaching technique is very much based in formal definitions. If he gives you the definition of a theorem in class, I would recommend memorizing it word for word because some of his test questions are based off of them. A lot of people didn't like him for this, but it worked for me. If he gives a tricky example in class or on a practice midterm/final, it will most likely show up on the midterm/final. He usually goes over how to solve these in class, but if he doesn't, make sure to go to his office hours and review sessions.

If you took Calculus in high school, don't underestimate how difficult this class can be. I thought I would get at least a B on the first midterm and actually ended up with a D+! I got a B+ on the second one and a C on the final, but ended up with an A in the class. Overall, this class turned out well for me but the constant stress and uncertainty of knowing what your grade will be is not worth it.

He's a nice guy, but don't take him if you can. Out of all the math 3 series, I would consider math 3A to be the hardest.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 26, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Hardest professor I've had so far!!! Took him for 3A, during my first quarter at UCLA and man did I regret it. He made the class more difficult than it should be, wanting us to explain all parts of our problems. I mean it did help us to understand, but most of the people taking this class are Life Science majors and don't need to know too much. The midterms were pretty hard and the final was terrible. I literally thought I would end up with a C in the class but I ended up with an A- (apparently half the class failed the final and I got a D; thank god for the curve). I got a C on the first midterm and a B on the second, so I guess you really need to rely on the curve to get through this class. If there's any other teachers, I strongly suggest taking them instead.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 21, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This professor is one of the best. He is extremely enthusiastic about math. It's always a plus to have a professor who loves his subject and enjoys teaching it. There are some quirks about him that just make him very enjoyable. I took him for Math 3A in the fall so if there are any incoming freshmen reading this, you should definitely take him!

For his grading structure he offers 2 options.

HW 20%
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Final 40%

OR if you do badly on a midterm

HW 20%
Highest midterm score 25%
Final 55%

The opted for the second one because as an incoming freshman, I guess the pressure and unknowns of my first college midterm got to me. I didn't do as well as I wanted. The two midterms are all of the same difficulty, but the average is higher on the second because people become more prepared. The final is pretty dam hard lol. It's the same material that he teaches in class, but the concepts are applied uniquely in a way that's really just trying to make us think harder. It's not impossible. You just have to recall certain math concepts like formulas for surface area and volumes of different shape and apply the calculus concepts. Hall is definitely one of the harder math 3A professors but you should definitely take him. Why? Because in the end, difficulty doesn't matter. He gave A's and A-'s to 25% of the class which is in line with other math 3A professors except professor Greene. Professor Greene is the only math 3 series professor that hands out an absurd amount of A's. I think it was over 30% lol. I took Hall, got an A, and it really prepared me for my other math classes. It made other math classes seem easy and your not increasing risk on your GPA because he gives the same amount of A's as all, but one other math 3 series professor. Studying for his final is the kind of pain that makes you stronger. (House of Cards reference)

Recap: He has one of the best personalities. His midterms are easy, but final is hard, but it doesn't matter because he gives the same percentage of A's. His grading structure gives flexibility since you can drop a midterm. TAKE HIM!!!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 21, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This professor is one of the best. He is extremely enthusiastic about math. It's always a plus to have a professor who loves his subject and enjoys teaching it. There are some quirks about him that just make him very enjoyable. I took him for Math 3A in the fall so if there are any incoming freshmen reading this, you should definitely take him!

For his grading structure he offers 2 options.

HW 20%
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Final 40%

OR if you do badly on a midterm

HW 20%
Highest midterm score 25%
Final 55%

The opted for the second one because as an incoming freshman, I guess the pressure and unknowns of my first college midterm got to me. I didn't do as well as I wanted. The two midterms are all of the same difficulty, but the average is higher on the second because people become more prepared. The final is pretty dam hard lol. It's the same material that he teaches in class, but the concepts are applied uniquely in a way that's really just trying to make us think harder. It's not impossible. You just have to recall certain math concepts like formulas for surface area and volumes of different shape and apply the calculus concepts. Hall is definitely one of the harder math 3A professors but you should definitely take him. Why? Because in the end, difficulty doesn't matter. He gave A's and A-'s to 25% of the class which is in line with other math 3A professors except professor Greene. Professor Greene is the only math 3 series professor that hands out an absurd amount of A's. I think it was over 30% lol. I took Hall, got an A, and it really prepared me for my other math classes. It made other math classes seem easy and your not increasing risk on your GPA because he gives the same amount of A's as all, but one other math 3 series professor. Studying for his final is the kind of pain that makes you stronger. (House of Cards reference)

Recap: He has one of the best personalities. His midterms are easy, but final is hard, but it doesn't matter because he gives the same percentage of A's. His grading structure gives flexibility since you can drop a midterm. TAKE HIM!!!

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Calculus for the Life Sciences (Looseleaf) (Txt+olcard)
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ISBN: 9781118988527
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