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This class was alright only because I had taken AP Calc AB before. Had I not taken calculus in high school, I would have failed this class, no cap.
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This man gives you insight.
I won't deny that his lectures are next to useless, his teaching style erratic, or his handwriting giving me a mini-heart attack every single time I open a homework file. Yes, he'll give you living hell if you know nothing about calculus and expect a gentle introduction. This man doesn't care about problem solving, and he'll give you tons of proofs and tricks to remember.
However, I got away with an A with zero knowledge of calculus before entering the university, and now I'm more than ready to tackle the remainder of my calc classes. You either get a whole lot of stuff out of the class or nothing but hatred for the subject. If you're willing to take 20 or more hours a week in the cold, miserable corner of the library doing extra problems, then this class is certainly doable. Get "Calculus with Analytical Geometry" by Simmons, which is a superb and beautifully written textbook on this subject. All the basic proofs needed for the class are in there, along with more than enough problems to work on your mathematical muscles.
His lecture was the first one I ever had in UCLA. The goal of the course, as he said, was to train the students to think like mathematicians. He'll assume that students already know what he's talking about (roughly 95% of the class took AP Calc), and he'll give proofs straight away. It'll be painful at first trying desperately to follow this tempo, but as he suggested, the key to success was to repeat those proofs and tricks again and again until they become part of yourself. And it's absolutely essential to work on problems yourself since Greene won't give a damn about those trivial matters. Without effectively using those theorems in quantity, knowing the proofs alone will not do. In the second half of the course, I just stopped going to lectures and watched the MIT lectures and Khan Academy videos on my own, which offer much better explanations on matters Greene is trying to cover.
So, why am I defending Greene? Because he was the first person to force me into taking proofs seriously. I had the habit of looking forward to solving problems straight away without looking at my tools. Yes, I could solve problems with tremendous speed, but I was nothing more than an organic calculator. Greene's philosophy, not his teaching, will force you into looking closely to the basic theorems of calculus, especially how differentiation relates to integration, and why these things work. It's a glimpse into the marvelous world of mathematics. You'll get a very solid starting point in calculus after this course, because you'll know exactly why the fundamental theorems of calculus hold, and how you may be able to derive theorems and proofs from the ones already established from all these tricks you remembered.
Greene is also an extraordinary person.He's a mathematician, classical musician and audiophile. Check out his website: http://www.math.ucla.edu/~greene/ His eccentricity is adorable, and it's such a pleasure talking to a genius mind like his. If you're tired of the traditional problems-centered math training, and willing to take the challenge, Greene will be the guru illuminating your way to being an individual with an extensive understanding of mathematics.
He is a professor suitable to those who have talent on math.
He pushes the progress of the class very fast and the scope of that very broad; students can learn some stuff of 31B or 32A from his class. It's an advantage to me.
The order of his lectures are different that of others, so taking notes is pretty necessary, though he distributes notes of some difficult topics.
The homework is inspiring, though some feel it's hard. During previewing the following courses, I have got sense of familiar because Dr. Greene has more or less included some necessary content in the continuing study. Most importantly, he gives answer to his homework though his manualscript is a bit hard to recognize.
The exams are easy, if you are serious to the course. After all, it's all about the most basic concepts of mathematical analysis.
Seeing back now, he concentrated on buiiding the connection of differentiation and integration by the fundamental theorem of calculus, which is also the core purpose of the course. He did that well.
Great Professor. Lectures are super clear.
Grading : 50% Final Exam, 20% x 2 Midterms, 10% Quizzes based on HW
No book needed for class - Lectures are based on online MIT material. Professor provides answer to all Homework Problems and also gives sample problems for the midterms. He also holds review sessions (within the lecture hours) for all exams.
TA was good.
Professor was funny, made the class interesting by cracking jokes in between. He loves his dogs and is always ready to help. Also, he writes everything on the board.
Both Midterms were based on HW and sample problems. Final was conceptual and required thorough understanding of the course material.
In both midterms the highest was a 100 and in the final the highest was a 199/200 . There was an extra credit problem # 11 that could help you score an A+.
Awful teacher, can't teach, uses no textbook, hard homework and average midterm difficulty. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. TA's can't even follow his messy work, but take advantage of TA's if you have the misfortune of having this professor.
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