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Professor Greene was a very unique professor, to say the least. I came in having never taken Calculus before, and suffice to say, it was very challenging. He's not the traditional teacher where he explains concepts and gives examples, he dives straight into proofs, and like what everyone else said, he does expect you to know alot of basic Calculus. Most of my class was composed of students who had already taken Calculus before, so it was probably a cinch for them. He doesn't teach in the same order as his colleagues does, some of the stuff he taught I learned again in 31B. His class is broken down into 10% quizzes, which is one problem taken straight from the last week's homework, 20% each for the two midterms and a 50% final.
The homework, and therefore the quizzes, were fairly easy. They were challenging problems, most of them proofs, but he gives you the solutions beforehand, so if worse comes to worse you can always memorize the solutions.
First midterm was alright, again it was mostly proofs, and he gives you sample midterm problems. Only problem is that the sample problems were composed of ~30 problems/proofs, and he picked some of the hardest ones. The average was a 74%. Second midterm was a bit harder, again he gave sample problems but this time he switched up the numbers a bit. Average was a 68%. The final was composed of 10 problems, plus an extra credit problem. Each problem was multiple parts and contained a proof of some sort. This time he gave us a list of topics to study, and some of those were on the final word for word. The average was a 57% if I remember correctly.
Overall, his lectures were pretty boring, he tries to do the proofs in class but sometimes he goes on tangents trying to explain them. I recommend getting a calculus book of some sort (probably the one used by the school) and just watching the MIT lectures. You'll probably get more out of it.
Conclusion: If you've taken Calculus before, this class should be a piece of cake. Even if you haven't, as long as you have decent memorization skills, you should scrape at least a B. However, if you're trying to learn the material (for people who haven't taken Calculus), I recommend taking another professor.
God this guy is an absolute joke of a professor.
Lectures are so haphazard and unclear it's almost amusing. Might as well be lecturing to himself.
Homework was stupid hard as the quarter progressed, and basically culminated in memorizing and regurgitating for the weekly quizzes.
Midterms were also regurgitations, almost exclusively from the reviews he provided (making his tests easier).
Final was basically a longer midterm. Study for it like you would the midterms.
Office hours involved him curtly addressing questions about his confusing lectures with more confusing answers, all the while pretending to check his email so he wouldn't have to look at you.
Putting aside the fact that he is terrible at his job, him and his wife are adorable.
So here's the deal, I didn't even take this class but my girlfriend did. Seriously, professor Greene was so bad that I was even feeling the stress. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CLASS UNLESS YOU WANT TO ENDURE PERPETUAL STRESS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.
You should also tell your boyfriends/girlfriends to stay away unless you want to feel just as stressed. This class is like a girl on her period, moody and out of control.
I am here writing a few days before I take the final that will decide my overall fate in life. This is my second time taking this class because the first professor I had for this class was horrible. So, when I decided to enroll for classes this quarter I saw the name Greene and I thought: hey, I took Mrs. Greene and she was an amazing teacher! So her husband must be just as great! Man, was I wrong! This class has been a living hell! He has been the worst teacher I have ever had in my life. Judging by previous evaluations I can tell that he is a math genius that is an excellent teacher in higher division math classes, but he is not right for lower division courses. This class had no book, no hw, and we were taught advanced concepts that I know should not have been taught in this class. (He even told us that this class has been an experiment)
His 2 midterms are computational and his final is conceptual.
Anyways, that's all I have to say. He's a good, smart guy that occasionally made me laugh with him going off talking about his love for dogs and his unique ability of drawing perfect circles. (haha, one time he drew a perfect circle, stepped back, looked at it and looked at this class and was like: beautiful :D)
So don't take this class unless you are either Isaac Newton or God.
Also, get Jukka as a TA! That fool is a beast!
Math 31A with this teacher is a big NO. He is horrible at teaching in detail and avoids conceptual information until the last minute. I have been very devoted to math since elementary school and no one but him got me to dislike math and now I'm not sure whether I should continue to stay in this major (math for teaching). He does not explain the steps he makes on examples which confuses the shit out of me. He's a genius because he works out everything in his head but he's a horrible teacher because he gives no explanation, leaving the class confused. There is no textbook to go to when you are lost so all your are left with is half-assed examples done by him. He may be a good upper division course teacher but he sure is not a good lower division course teacher.
Greene is possibly the WORST professor I have encountered at UCLA. As the first calculus class in the Engineering series, Greene made this class hell with lectures no one could understand, skipping several steps, and teaching subjects in no particular order, glossing over basic principles of integration, and not sticking to the department syllabus. During office hours, Greene confused me even more with his difficult, handwritten homewrok problems. He sticks to no textbook which is awful given how poor of a lecturer he is. Avoid him at all costs. My one positive: you can tell he is a genius at math.