Calculus for Life Sciences Students

Paige Greene

Calculus for Life Sciences Students

Mathematics department

Paige Greene

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Overall 4.4
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 3.4
Easy
Heavy
Workload 3.4
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.4
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Tags

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

Grades

Spring 2020
62.8%
52.3%
41.9%
31.4%
20.9%
10.5%
0.0%
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A
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F

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

Spring 2019
40.5%
33.7%
27.0%
20.2%
13.5%
6.7%
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
42.4%
35.4%
28.3%
21.2%
14.1%
7.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

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

Spring 2017
27.1%
22.6%
18.1%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
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
29.6%
24.7%
19.8%
14.8%
9.9%
4.9%
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
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
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D
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F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 23, 2021
Grade Received: A+

Grading Distribution: 20% weekly written homework, 20% online MyLab Pearson homework, 20% midterm 1, 20% midterm 2, 20% final (second grading scheme: lowest midterm grade gets dropped and the final is 40% instead)
What I liked: The class is not extremely difficult, and if you’ve taken AP Calc in high school, a lot of the concepts are review. Having some background also helped with the pace of the class since we could spend anywhere from one to three lectures learning a concept. Lectures are not that engaging, but copying down the notes will help you with the homework. The problems on the midterms and final are extremely similar to assigned problems from the written homework so make sure you do the written homework and understand how to solve the problems (MyLab Pearson does not help at all with studying so don’t waste more time than it takes to complete all the problems). The midterms and final were open notes/open book and 48 hours long, but no more than a few hours total are needed to finish the tests. Attending discussion is optional, but Jerry would sometimes use homework problems as examples so it was a good way to make sure you understood the steps needed to complete a problem.
What I disliked: Based on the other reviews, this is an unpopular opinion but Professor Greene was not that helpful. She has office hours after each lecture, but if people do not stay, she’ll leave the zoom call instead of allowing us to just work on problems and unmute whenever we need help. Also, if your wifi cuts out after the lecture, you can’t re-enter the zoom and attend office hours. Sometimes, when asking about a concept, she’d respond with something along the lines of “we learned this in math 3A” even though there are a few people who skipped out of or didn’t take 3A. While she’ll still answer the question if you ask her to, I’d end up just searching the concept up online or asking the TA. Professor Greene also scheduled lectures during the two holidays, saying that since we’re all at home, we don’t have anything else to do, and if we were in person, she wouldn’t “dream of stealing our holiday.” While attending these lectures (and all) was optional, she often left problems half-solved at the end of one lecture and said she’d finish it in the next lecture, making watching the previous lecture before attending the next one necessary. Near the end of the quarter, she also started putting the Gradescope assignment up a day or two before it was due rather than how she used to put it up almost a week before the due date.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 19, 2021
Grade Received: A+

Professor Greene is probably the best professor for the entire Math 3 series. She is very engaging and clear and her exams are very doable. If you do all of your work and attend the lectures, you will probably do very well in this class.

As for the class, there are usually two assignments due every week: 1 written assignment turned into Gradescope and one MyLab assignment. The MyLab assignment takes an hour max, but the written assignments can be quite challenging sometimes. I would recommend starting on the written assignment earlier in the week so you can get help during office hours if needed.

Professor Greene always has her students' best interests at heart. I would 100% recommend taking the Math 3 series with her!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted July 9, 2020 Grade Received: A

From what I have heard, Professor Greene is the best professor for any course in the Math 3 Series. In my experience, she lives up to her reputation pretty well. She drops your lowest homework and quiz score, and also has two different grading schemes that give you even more opportunity to do well in the class. She also provides you with practice exams, which are very reflective of the material she puts on her actual tests. That being said, her tests don't give much room for failure (a loss of one point has a pretty substantial affect on your grade), and her office hours weren't well-structured, which made getting your questions answered difficult. As somebody who did well in AP Calculus, I found this class to be mostly of a review of high school material. My TA was Louis, and he was such a gem! Overall, I would definitely recommend Professor Greene to anyone needing to take this course.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted June 21, 2020 Grade Received: A+

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 10, 2020 Grade Received: A+

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Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Oct. 30, 2019 Grade Received: A

Paige is amazing! Definitely go to her office hours. They're like six hours a week, and you can just hang out and do hw with the LAs and she comes over to help you when you need it. She makes sure you understand. Her tests are almost exact replicas of the practice exams, but she does like to throw in little tricks to make you think (shouldn't be too hard though). Honestly an easier route than LS30, especially if you had AP in high school. Take this class!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Oct. 23, 2019 Grade Received: A

This class was very straightforward as it’s comprised of just two midterms and a final. She’s a very nice professor and provides study guides that ACTUALLY reflect the material covered in class. I’d recommend this class for sure.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: B

She gives out study materials like practice exams and practice tests that reflect exactly what she is testing you on. She makes herself available and goes above and beyond to explain the concepts. The LAs were pretty awesome and this is the first math TA (Alex) I have had who isn't completely useless.

You have online and paper homework but she makes sure to make them light and give you ample time to complete the online homework. She does two grading scales and picks automatically from the one that gives you the better grade.

Honestly, there's basically no way you won't get an A in the class. Just do the work study the material she gives you and focus on staying on top of your game and you'll ace this no problemo.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 29, 2017 Grade Received: A

Professor Greene is so passionate about teaching and it really shows in her lectures. She is such a quirky, fun person who really cares about her students. Her lectures are well paced and really help ingrain mathematical concepts. Not to mention, she is extremely generous with the grading scheme of both 3A and 3B. If you tank one of the midterms but do well on the final, she'll drop that midterm and just give the final more weight. The weight of the class is also evenly distributed with homework, Wiley Plus, and attendance in discussion. She will also drop your two lowest homeworks. Greene is not about tricking students either; what you see in class is what will be tested on. She even gives practice tests that are practically identical to the exams. Even with all of these resources, you can go to office hours and she will be more than happy to directly address any concerns or questions you may have. The TA's Jeremy, Sudesh, and Yacoub are all great! Just don't get Khang. But if you do get Khang and discussion is optional, don't go because it'll do more harm than you not being there LOL.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 27, 2017 Grade Received: A

I retook math 3B and compared to the one of the math prof for 3b in winter quarter she is literally the best. She explains the material in detail and is very approachable. She has tons of office hours and the TAs for the class are also really helpful too, so don't feel nervous or discouraged after a test to go and ask for help. The TAs hosted a couple of review sessions that were a little harder than what was on the actual exam but it'll make you know the material for sure. And she will always have extra practice problems or practice exams that are similar to the actual exam. She has two different grading schemes that will give you the higher grade and she curves pretty generously too. Overall, take Greene!!

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Tags

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