Differential Geometry

Michael Willis

Differential Geometry

Mathematics department

Michael Willis

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Ratings

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Overall 4.2
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 3.6
Easy
Heavy
Workload 3.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.2
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.4
Helpful
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Spring 2020
51.3%
42.7%
34.2%
25.6%
17.1%
8.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
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D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2019
25.9%
21.6%
17.3%
13.0%
8.6%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
30.3%
25.3%
20.2%
15.2%
10.1%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
15.6%
13.0%
10.4%
7.8%
5.2%
2.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 15, 2020
Grade Received: A

I thought the course material was fairly straightforward, and Prof. Willis certainly helps make it even more so. He's a clear lecturer and he's always willing to take questions during lecture, help out during office hours, and take suggestions from students about the course structure, which was key since Spring 2020 was remote/online.

The overall grade is: weekly homework (20%), two midterms (20% each), and the final (40%). Exams were fair, possibly even more so than the homework assignments, each of which always seemed to have one really tough problem.

In general, I'd definitely recommend taking 120A with Willis.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 14, 2020
Grade Received: A-

He was decent! (I took the class last year for four weeks with Petersen, and Willis is much better at teaching this course IMO). The dude's notes are insanely well written, but the homework can be pretty rough in some weeks and we don't really get solutions afterward from the TA so the learning experience from that is cut a bit short. I also say his explanations of class concepts were definitely not as good in the later half of the course, but then again the material is significantly more difficult at that point.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 4, 2020
Grade Received: N/A

Tough class, but Mike is a solid prof. The lecture notes are gold. My only complaint is that we got some really tough homework problems and there were sometimes mistakes in assignments or misleading hints.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 23, 2019 Grade Received: A

Math 120A by nature is a very painful class (just imagine all the tedious derivatives and cross products) as well as having a lot of things to memorized. Dr. Willis midterms always have about 20-30% just based on reciting theorems/definition and maybe 10% on conceptual understanding through true false. The homework assignments were not easy but with the help of TA and his class notes, they were manageable. The exams focus heavily on conceptual understanding and the calculation/algebra required were not terrible on the exam. On the final a brief formula sheet was provided, but for the midterm, need to memorize formulas.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Oct. 14, 2019 Grade Received: A

Professor Willis loves to focus on conceptual understanding of the materials. That is to say, his lecture and exams incorporate a lot of these kinds of materials. It's overall a not difficult course, but the curve is also not very good.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
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