Calculus of Several Variables

Olga Radko

Calculus of Several Variables

Mathematics department

Olga Radko

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Overall 4.0
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 1.9
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures

Grades

Fall 2018
19.4%
16.2%
13.0%
9.7%
6.5%
3.2%
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 2017
19.4%
16.2%
13.0%
9.7%
6.5%
3.2%
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.

Summer 2016
19.0%
15.8%
12.6%
9.5%
6.3%
3.2%
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.

Winter 2016
15.7%
13.1%
10.5%
7.9%
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.

Spring 2014
22.6%
18.9%
15.1%
11.3%
7.5%
3.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2013
22.2%
18.5%
14.8%
11.1%
7.4%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
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 2006
20.7%
17.2%
13.8%
10.3%
6.9%
3.4%
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: Winter 2016 Submitted June 12, 2016 Grade Received: A

Radko was my favorite professor from the lower division math series. Unlike the other math professors I've encountered, she cares about students' learning and is actually good at explaining the concepts. She is particularly good at teaching and testing a good mix of conceptual and computational material, which is pretty important for 32B (and 32A, which she also teaches).

Her exams weren't easy, but the biggest difficulty for the midterms was the time rather than the material on the test. Fortunately it's not nearly as much of as an issue for the final, since it's the length of two midterms in thrice the time. However, don't become overconfident if you do really well on the midterms, because the final is somewhat different since it really emphasizes the theorems from the last 2 weeks of the course. This is because the theorems tie together pretty much everything you do in the class, and recognizing when to (and sometimes when not to) use them is key to doing a lot of the problems in a decent amount of time. Her homework assignments are on the longer side, but if you use Wolfram Alpha sparingly (some of the computations are kind of absurd) they can be good indications of how well you know the material. I would definitely recommend her.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted June 7, 2016 Grade Received: A

Radko is probably one of the best lower-division math professors around at UCLA. Her lectures are very clear, and explain the concepts well while also giving relevant examples to aid in the understanding of the material. The homework was challenging, and rather harshly graded, but was fair and gave substantial practice. The midterms were more than reasonable and the majority of questions were straightforward calculation questions, but the calculations could be slightly tedious. The final was more conceptual, but still rather straightforward and very doable if you know the material and did/understood all the homework problems. Overall, I would definitely recommend Radko for 32B.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 30, 2016 Grade Received: A

Professor Radko is nice and respectful. Her lectures are generally ok so one can understand most parts with some efforts.
Her exams in 32B are a bit difficult, but doable (just calculations).
She also gives extensive preparation materials for exams, including homework. Homework problems were drawn from textbook so you can look up for solutions and that's quite convenient since 32B is difficult.
I would surely take her class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 28, 2016 Grade Received: A

I found Professor Radko to be an excellent calculus teacher. She explained the material very methodically and clearly, and I found the lectures to be very helpful. I would recommend going to office hours if you are having trouble understanding the material, as she is very willing to help.

I found that the midterms and final were very representative of the homework and more than reasonable. Some of the homework assignments can take a while to do, so I would recommend getting started earlier rather than later.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 28, 2016 Grade Received: A-

She is amazing! Definitely take her class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 23, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Homework: Weekly graded problem sets. These are pretty difficult, so make sure to start on Monday or Tuesday. I found myself staying up really late some Thursday nights to get it done, which was terrible.

Tests: The two midterms are not difficult at all. The class doesn't get difficult until like week 9 when you cover Stoke's and Green's Theorem. Then it gets absurdly difficult. I was totally relaxing after doing well on both midterms then ended up failing the final miserably. She really should devote more time to Stoke's and Green's Theorems. I never ended up understanding these and my peers had to teach it to themselves.

Lectures: Coming from Chayes for 32A, these lectures were a godsend. Radko goes slowly and methodically, making sure to show examples for each concept. She can be somewhat difficult to understand sometimes and a little boring, but it's calculus... I don't think there's any way to make it fun.

Discussion: My TA was no good, I never went.

Overall: Very difficult class, but a good teacher. If you can understand the final two weeks of the class, you'll do well because the midterms are easy. Go to office hours with Radko. She is very helpful.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 17, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

She is an excellent professor. The final kind of fucked everyone, but up until then, the class is good. And she's kind of hot. For a math professor.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 16, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

She is a very nice teacher and she cares about the student's learning. The midterms were soooo easy. The average for the first midterm was 80 and the second was about 68. However, do not be fooled by the easiness of the midterms. The final is extremely hard. The midterms only concentrated on if you knew how to do the problems in the book. But in the final, you had to know the theorems. The best advice for math 32b is to learn the theorems as best as you can for the final. LEARN THE THEOREMS!! By the way, the average for the final was 57

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 23, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I took 32B with Radko. She was the most worthless professor ever... She taught by examples, which is what TAs are supposed to do in discussions. So while she didn't do the theorems, the TAs were left with proving the theorems in discussions which would utterly confuse everyone. The quizzes were also pointless because they were too easy. If you can, avoid her at all costs.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 9, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Radko is easy to understand if you listen carefully and pay attention. overall this class was fair however it was graded a wee bit hard especially the homework. missing a minus sign doesnt mean you should get two points marked off out of 12. other than that her tests and quizzes were fair and you got to drop youre two lowest homework scores and your lowest quiz score. 4 quizzes 2 midterms and a final. the final was easy except one problem where she presented the form of the divergence theorem in a tricky way. my only issue was the midterms were out of 50 points making perfection essential to get a good grade in the class. you dont need to study much if you pay attention to class. she is helpful in office hours but comes off a little cocky and condescending if you get confused over what she is telling you.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
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