Richard S Elman
Department of Mathematics
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5.0
Overall Rating
Based on 5 User s
Easiness 3.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 5.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

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

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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38.7%
31.0%
23.2%
15.5%
7.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

41.9%
34.9%
28.0%
21.0%
14.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

30.4%
25.4%
20.3%
15.2%
10.1%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
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B+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Feb. 9, 2017

Professor Elman is the best math professor I have had here at UCLA. For the honors 115AH class, he explains the techniques of proofs and repeatedly reiterate key points in proofs. The homework assignments are also very doable. The take home midterm was challenging but not impossible especially with the amount of time that was given. He also gives extra hours for the midterms and finals. This is definitely the honors math upper div to take.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
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Dec. 24, 2020

Probably the hardest I've ever worked on a class. Online, Elman is quite fast in lecture since he doesn't have to write anything and just follows his prepared lecture notes which dissuaded a lot of people from attending the lecture live. Elman from what it seems usually gives ample time on tests so if you couldn't solve something, you usually feel it was fair. Otherwise, Elman is very understanding, makes good tests and homework, and is super willing to help with tons of office hours. Also kinda crazy to talk to him about famous colleagues of his. Hard but good class overall.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 14, 2019

Professor Elman is definitely an amazing professor. His lectures are fast paced and it was hard to follow everything during class, but if you take down everything he writes and go through it before you do the homework, you should be fine.
He is helpful during office hours, has very flexible grading policies and is quite friendly. He definitely teaches math the way it is meant to be taught, with rigorous proofs, applications, motivations and a heavy emphasis on abstraction. Midterms and finals are highly dependent on his lectures, so I would recommend taking down everything he says right from Week 1. If you do this, the tests should not be too difficult. Discussion sections were extremely helpful. I really liked my TA (Yudong Qiu).
It is definitely not an easy class. If you do not understand the material, the homework is quite challenging. However, once you study the material, it is quite doable. I actually liked this system, because it ensured you were caught up with the material every week. While the workload is high, his curve is quite generous as well.
Highly recommend this class.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 21, 2019

He is an amazing professor! He gives extra time on tests and is very passionate about the subject and a great explainer.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Feb. 9, 2017

Professor Elman is the best math professor I have had here at UCLA. For the honors 115AH class, he explains the techniques of proofs and repeatedly reiterate key points in proofs. The homework assignments are also very doable. The take home midterm was challenging but not impossible especially with the amount of time that was given. He also gives extra hours for the midterms and finals. This is definitely the honors math upper div to take.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 24, 2020

Probably the hardest I've ever worked on a class. Online, Elman is quite fast in lecture since he doesn't have to write anything and just follows his prepared lecture notes which dissuaded a lot of people from attending the lecture live. Elman from what it seems usually gives ample time on tests so if you couldn't solve something, you usually feel it was fair. Otherwise, Elman is very understanding, makes good tests and homework, and is super willing to help with tons of office hours. Also kinda crazy to talk to him about famous colleagues of his. Hard but good class overall.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 14, 2019

Professor Elman is definitely an amazing professor. His lectures are fast paced and it was hard to follow everything during class, but if you take down everything he writes and go through it before you do the homework, you should be fine.
He is helpful during office hours, has very flexible grading policies and is quite friendly. He definitely teaches math the way it is meant to be taught, with rigorous proofs, applications, motivations and a heavy emphasis on abstraction. Midterms and finals are highly dependent on his lectures, so I would recommend taking down everything he says right from Week 1. If you do this, the tests should not be too difficult. Discussion sections were extremely helpful. I really liked my TA (Yudong Qiu).
It is definitely not an easy class. If you do not understand the material, the homework is quite challenging. However, once you study the material, it is quite doable. I actually liked this system, because it ensured you were caught up with the material every week. While the workload is high, his curve is quite generous as well.
Highly recommend this class.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 21, 2019

He is an amazing professor! He gives extra time on tests and is very passionate about the subject and a great explainer.

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5.0
Overall Rating
Based on 5 Users
Easiness 3.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 5.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (3)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (5)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (2)
  • Often Funny
    (4)
  • Would Take Again
    (5)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (2)
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