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- wonderful prepare for upper division proof-based class: you'll learn how to write rigorous and fluent proofs, and you'll get in touch with some comparatively advanced theories
- much less tedious practices than regular lower division classes
- each homework only consists of <=6 pretty easy problems and is graded on completion
- if you're not good at taking exams, then take this class! Midterms only count 12% each, and the final exam only counts 22% -- all graded leniently. Our TA, Nicholas, is a strict grader on quizzes, but the exams and challenge reports raise the final grade significantly.
Dr. Wong and our TA are super patient, supportive, and caring. They really hope you can understand all concepts. Also, the classmates are all smart and interesting people to study together and ace this course.
After all, this class is amazing. Don't miss it if you're interested in math.
Dr. Wong is amazing! He was amazing this quarter and our whole class adored him. I'm not sure why his Fall 2021 reviews are a bit lower for both this class and 32A - it might be because was his first quarter teaching. Here are a few highlights:
- Dr. Wong is extremely helpful and makes himself very available for questions. He took questions for 45 minutes after every class on top of office hours. He was also very good at CampusWire questions and emails (he normally gets back to you in a few hours).
- He's very kind - he is not judgmental at all, and you never feel stupid asking him questions. He also does his best to understand the essence of the question and increase understanding rather than just quickly doing the homework question like some other professors do.
- He's extremely organized and provides tons of resources. He uploads his lecture slides (which are very organized and beautiful) a few days before class, then uploads the annotated lecture slides and the class recording very shortly after class. He also provides these "class notes" on GitHub which is essentially a textbook he wrote for the class, which also has a ton of extra practice problems he's willing to go over in office hours. He uploads all of the canvas assignments and resources for the entire quarter before the first class even happens.
- He works really hard. Before the TA strike happened, the grades for all assignments/reports/test were released within a week. When the TA strike happened, he didn't change the class at all and just took over and graded all the assignments himself.
Overall, the material is difficult but Dr. Wong works really hard to create a nice and accepting learning environment and genuinely wants us to get a lot out of the class. If you enjoy problem-solving in math, DEFINITELY take this course. I would note that you should be prepared to self-study beyond the homework if you want to take this course - it is fast-paced and conceptually challenging, and as Dr. Wong says, you shouldn't expect to understand everything the first time you hear it. We got thrown in the deep end for the first few weeks and covered 75% of the math 33A syllabus, and we all doubted our confidence to succeed in the class. The first few weeks were definitely the hardest though, and once you get used to writing proofs, it's not too bad at all. I would definitely recommend this class - Dr. Wong is great, the class atmosphere is a lot of fun, and you'll learn so much!
PS: Dr. Wong told us that everyone last year ended up with an A, and I'm pretty sure it was the same this year. If you do the work, you'll definitely get the grade you want! He's a super generous grader on tests.
I took this class as an incoming freshman, not really knowing what to expect. Professor Wong's lectures can sometimes be pretty unengaging, but he is super helpful and the exams were very fair. The grades mainly consisted of Challenge Problem Sets (4 decently constructed assignments throughout the quarter), two midterms, and the final. Everything about this class was consistent and as long as you put in the effort (as it is an honors course), you will be fine.
It has been a while since I took Wong's 32AH, and I have to say that his math classes constructed my unique experience as a freshman. He is friendly and willing to help, though to some extent unclear in the lecture(and he may confuse us in the proof); his exams are fair as an honored class, not easy nor difficult. In general a professor who is willing to teach classes well, but as a student in this class, you need to rely on yourself for 90%. Do more self studies, and practice your proof skills for upper division math classes.