Algebra

Richard S Elman

Algebra

Mathematics department

Richard S Elman

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Ratings

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Overall 4.2
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 1.6
Easy
Heavy
Workload 1.8
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.4
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Tags

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

Grades

Fall 2017
47.7%
39.8%
31.8%
23.9%
15.9%
8.0%
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 2014
44.0%
36.7%
29.3%
22.0%
14.7%
7.3%
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 2012
32.4%
27.0%
21.6%
16.2%
10.8%
5.4%
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
52.9%
44.1%
35.3%
26.5%
17.6%
8.8%
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.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2014 Submitted Oct. 5, 2016 Grade Received: A

One of the best teachers in the department. And I'm judging that relative to a department with some of the best teaching at UCLA, in my opinion (in upper-division, that is). Kind and friendly, and cares a lot about students, with great personal interaction in office hours. Cares a lot about the class material as well. Again, he's one of the best.

His upper division honors courses, let me just say, are not for casuals. A LOT is covered, and it goes by extremely fast. If you take the time to digest it as you go, you won't even be able to copy down all the notes, and if you copy down all the notes as you go, you won't even be able to digest it. You have to consistently put in the time at home to review and wrestle with the material. I said consistently. Consistently. Not cramming. Put in the effort, and you'll learn so much, it'll change the way you think, and you won't regret it one bit. Remember, there's a huge difference between good and easy; only one of them is what you should optimize for. Bottom line: if you care at all about, you know, learning math, take his class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020 Submitted Aug. 10, 2020 Grade Received: A

One would think that with so many positive reviews on bruinwalk, Elman would actually be a good professor. Well, said person would be absolutely right! Elman is far and away the best professor I've had at ucla. He is approachable, easy to talk to, quite kind, and his passion for mathematics is palpable. Taking his class will really inspire you to learn, and not just memorize definitions for the sake of getting through a class. It is true that he covers an ungodly amount of material in each quarter, but that's part of the fun. His class will be a grind at times (end of winter quarter specifically), but ultimately it will help you grow as a person and a mathematician. Suffice to say, if you have the opportunity to take Elman, do it!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 25, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Absolutely wonderful professor. Very clear lectures, his lecture notes are freely available (it's pretty much a textbook). Extremely generous curve, messed up a bit on the final so ended up with an A-. You have to work consistently every week to stay on track. I constantly found myself a little behind, but doing the homework (including all the optional problems) really helps.

Homework: Does take time every week, but you can resubmit homework the next week for full credit. Extremely helpful to complete all the homework.
Midterm/Final: Learn all the proofs done in class and make sure you understand everything properly.
Take Home Midterm: Pretty hard, takes a lot of time. Make sure you start it early.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted Feb. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A

It’s definitly one of the hardest undergraduate math classes one can take. A lot of materials are covered and the exams/homework are difficult. However, if you are willing to put in the work and really want to learn, it’s the best option. Professor Elman is by far one of the best professors at UCLA

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Tags

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