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MATH 31A
Differential and Integral Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Brown is a really nice guy and very helpful during office hours, but his lectures are pretty boring. I usually wanted to fall asleep in his class. If you don't want to go to class or can't stay awake, make sure to do the homework since there is a weekly quiz during discussion on one of the homework problems. Overall, I liked Professor Brown and I'm glad he gave us a 3x5 index card to use on the midterm and two cards for the final. If you take the time to learn the material and the theory behind it, then you'll do fine on the midterms and final. Like every other class, connect theories to one another because you will need to know how one is connected to the other for certain problems on the exams.

(Dec. 16, 2008)
MATH 31AX
Workshop in Differential Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Selling Rogawaski Looseleaf textbook for 31A/31B. Great condition.
Email: missael.vasquez.isaac@gmail.com

(Sept. 23, 2014)
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MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.0

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Math 31A and Math 31B with him.

I got at least 3 or 4 past Brown midterms or finals before each midterm and final in this class and the ones I took with Brown this year (10F 11W) have been much much harder. He does recycle the type of problems but just makes them a lot harder or puts them together somehow. It isnt impossible though, I studied for 3 weeks straight for the final and got a B on it. I rarely went to lecture because he would spend most of the time doing proofs, and would end his lectures halfway through sections and also he would teach you the material with the hardest example of that problem he could come up with instead of showing us easier ones and progressing from there. I used the site patrickjmt to teach me all about series and other info I wasnt sure about and I was familiar with the material from taking AP Calc BC in high school. Also study your ass off for the final because its 50 percent and by far the hardest test. I learned that the hard way by going from a solid A to a C+ from the final in 31A.

(March 30, 2011)
MATH 31BX
Workshop in Integral Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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I took Professor Brown's 31B in Winter.

About lectures

He closely follows the book and does tons of examples in class. However, he goes over definitions very fast, so it would really be helpful to do previews. He will sometimes post challenging problems, some of which may appear in the final, so be sure to understand those challenging problems!

About availability

Professor Brown is really kind and available. You can not only reach him by email but also additional office hours. He will add extra office hours right before the test, so it may be a good way to boost your exam scores.

About homework and quizzes

Professor Brown has quizzes every week, but all the quiz problems come from your homework. If you do the homework and check the answers, you will be fine. He does this to make his students keep up with the course.

About exams

I know people say his tests are hard, but in my opinion his tests are not "hard" but "awkward." His first 31B exam has a problem of 31A concept. If you didn't take his 31A course, you probably won't even think about doing that problem with 31A concept.

I have to say all his tests are very, very easy, but the median scores are around 65-75.

About grades

Professor Brown said he will give the first 50% students a grade B- or better, so we thought he would curve the class as other Professors do: 25% As and 25% Bs. However, to get an A, you have to get 94% or higher for the total score. Keep in mind the median is around 65-75.

You can tell from the grade distribution above.

About topics

Professor Brown does not cover trigonometric substitution, which you will eventually use in 32B. Everything else is fine since he mostly follows the syllabus in department's website.

(April 14, 2015)
MATH 98XA
PEERS Collaborative Learning Workshops for Life Sciences Majors See Full Profile

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MATH 121
Introduction to Topology Full Profile > 4.8 Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness
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MATH 121
Introduction to Topology See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.6

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MATH 131A
Analysis See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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R.F.B's class is very clear in terms of structure and pace. He numbered definition and theorem the same as Ross did on the textbook. Thus, it's easy to follow the book along with the lectures. His office hour is very useful, and it's like an additional lecture session every week.

Generally, MATH 131A is not easy class. However, the trick is that, before every test, you need understand definitions of every concepts and the proof of every theorem. To be honest, if, before every test, you can derive this whole class from the first definition to the last theorem on your own without looking notes, I don't see why you cannot get an A+ in his class.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
MATH 131AX
Analysis Techniques See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.7

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Brown is an awesome professor! I am taking his math 131A this quarter. I know this is one of the hardest math classes for undergraduates, but he really did very well. Effective lectures, clear hand writing (not like some other professors....). The grading system is: The quizzes count 10 percent, each midterm counts 20 percent and the final counts 50 percent of the grade. usually there are 5Qs each midterm, 2 from book (def,theorem pf,etc.) 2 from HWs (exactly same, and his HW is not very hard, you can always find the solution from the book via internet...)
quiz is one of you hw questions, exactly same..
take him! this could be one of your best classes in UCLA

(March 5, 2013)
MATH 164
Optimization See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Brown is a very nice guy. He's patient and super helpful when you come to his office hour. He made the material very understandable so the class itself was not very hard. We had weekly quizzes which came straight from the textbook questions and you can literally get full points for all the quizzes as long as you do his weekly assignments( we didn't collect them ). The midterm and final were fairly easy. Overall, super chill class. I took it along with math 131B and I would say this class is a lot easier.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
MATH 167
Mathematical Game Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.4

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Extremely fair professor, very nice and really wise person. Take this class, you would love to know this professor in Math Department.

(June 8, 2011)
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