Linear Algebra and Applications

Rowan Killip

Linear Algebra and Applications

Mathematics department

Rowan Killip

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Overall 2.9
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Easiness of class 2.3
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Workload 2.5
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Clarity of professor 2.6
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Helpfulness of professor 2.8
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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests

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Fall 2014
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17.6%
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 26, 2020
Grade Received: A

I took this class online during COVID 19. Although the material itself is not terrible (easier than the 32 series but harder than 33b), I highly recommend that you DO NOT take this class with Killip. His pre-recorded lectures were vague and hard to follow (although he did provide some comic relief by telling himself "concentrate!" as he lost his train of thought every 3 seconds), so much so that I decided to stop watching them altogether by the 2nd week and read the entire textbook instead. He regularly did not show up to his own office hours, and was often unresponsive to emails or posts on questionsly, so prepare yourself to be frustrated and have unanswered questions if you take this class. The midterms were 90 minutes long, which considering the circumstances I thought was pretty unfair, but the material on them was definitely doable if you studied. We had a 24 hour final (because the math department forced him to), and although it was noticeably more difficult content-wise than the midterms, we had more time so overall it was easier. The only good thing about this class was the notes the TAs posted from their discussion sections. That's literally it. I would absolutely not take this class with Killip due to his bad lectures and overall lack of interest in helping his students.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 23, 2020
Grade Received: A

*I took this course with the online format due to COVID-19
Professor Killip was a decent professor. I thought that his lectures were sometimes vague and a little confusing as he tends to ramble while he gathers his thoughts. The HW was sometimes a challenge but was not too overwhelming. The quizzes made up a large portion of your grade and were fairly easy. The midterms and final were also very easy as the median for them was around 90% and mostly required computational problems. I think if you watch and understand the general ideas behind each of his lectures, you should do well.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 22, 2020
Grade Received: A

I took this class in an online format due to COVID19. Killip posts prerecorded lectures and he is on zoom during the assigned lecture time to answer questions, which I thought was really nice of him. However, I feel like a lot of the material during lecture was quite complicated, sometimes he taught us proofs that I thought were unnecessary to know in this class. A lot of times I have to look into the textbook to understand the class material. I'd say that the midterms were not too bad, but the final was a little brutal. It was supposed to be a 24 hour final taken in 3 hours, but I ended up using 6+ hours, and I think most people did too. Grading consists of weekly quizzes, weekly homework, midterms, and final. For the quizzes and homework, sometimes they're easy, and sometimes they're hard. However, I don't think it's hard to get an A. As long as you understand the concepts well, do the homework, and go to office hours when you have questions, you will be fine. Shout out to my awesome TA Bon-Soon for explaining concepts clearly and making this class doable.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 9, 2020
Grade Received: A

This was taught during the quarantine so ill allow some room for improvement and try to not be too critical. I was initially told that this class was pretty easy and the other reviews of this professor made it seem like it would be easy, however, im assuming that because this was not in person like it normally would be that this class was much more difficult. I found the lecture recordings to feel unbearably long and overall unhelpful with the class material. It required much more individual reading and practice than i think a class of this kind should. I just feel that i have fallen behind others who took this class in person and had access to a better learning experience.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 2, 2020
Grade Received: A

Recorded lectures were not very useful. Ended up just learning all the material in discussion every week.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 27, 2020
Grade Received: B-

I took 33A with a different professor during winter quarter and didn't pass, then took this class with Killip this past quarter (covid/remote learning).
I think out of all profs you could pick for linear algebra, Killip is a pretty solid bet. He explained things much more clearly than the other professor I took. He had useful tricks/pneumonic devices and was pretty good at explaining the intuition behind otherwise complex topics.
Imo, the textbook for this course is no good so it's better to have a prof like Killip who will explain things clearly for you. He did seem to lean on the textbook more as the quarter went on, and concepts got more difficult, so I had a harder time. But overall Killip is solid.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 26, 2020
Grade Received: A

All of the lectures for this class were prerecorded and the often consisted of going over the proof for concepts and formulas that are used. The proofs are nice because understanding where a formula comes from can be useful, but often the proofs were very complex and confusing. I would highly recommend reading the textbook before/after the lectures. The quizzes were pretty easy overall but some were a lot harder than others. The midterms were very straightforward and the final was a lot harder. Everything in the class builds on itself so make sure to understand the content of the first couple weeks. Overall a pretty solid math professor.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted June 5, 2018 Grade Received: A

Killip was absolutely my favorite professor. He was engaging and interesting, and it was obvious that he loved what he was teaching. Most math professors here turn out to be as confusing as the material they teach, but Killip was straight-forward, well-organized, and effective at teaching multi-variable calculus. His homework was fairly difficult as he included problems of his own, but they were good preparations for the tests. Although the tests were difficult, they weren't impossible as they were the same level of complexity as the homework questions he wrote. I was glad to go to lecture since he made it fairly fun. Math is hard, but it can be fun when taught by people like Killip. I would recommend taking his classes, and I took him again for 32b.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 8, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Killip definitely knows what he's teaching. He only used his notes as reference, or in case he forgot some details, which was rare. However, he DOES have the problem of pacing. Some harder materials at the end were not explained as he had to finish the class on time. For more often times, he went over theorems and concepts without examples, making me feel like a note-taker. However, when he did go over examples, everything became clear. One thing I’ve noticed, as different from all the other math classes I have taken, was that students rarely askd questions. So Should I assume they all understand what was going on in the class? :)

His office hours, as far as I've heard, are really helpful. Weekly homework is assigned with one or two questions created by himself. Try to do those questions and learn the concepts behind. They are really good practices. 

His exams are fair. Definitely go to the test bank and check out the past tests. Though he may not test the exact same questions again, the concepts will appear on later midterm and final. (Hint hint hint: change of coordinates, least square approximation) If you lose points earlier and fail to grasp the idea in the end, you will suffer on final. 
 
For 33A itself, you should learn that this class isn't designed to challenge you - that's the job of 115A. I would suggest everyone to learn, seriously, LEARN the ideas and connections of all the concepts. Don't let them pile up in till the end. Kill them one by one, and you will do fine. 

My TA, Yehonatan Sella, really helped me a lot. His discussions summarized most of the materials for a week with examples. I learned most of the calculations from him. He also held extra hours before exams. ( He's cute by the way ^_^)

I would recommend his class. But be warned that people usually get close scores. 

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 20, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

I thought Killip was decent. Sometimes I really understood and followed along with what he was saying every step of the way, but other times he totally lost me a few minutes into lecture.

Someone mentioned it, and my main criticism is that he has a bit of a pacing problem: he pretty much covers the really easy stuff at the exact same speed as some of the harder stuff. And that doesn't mean that the harder stuff isn't important, either.

That said, in general I thought the class was very doable, and apparently he gave really good explanations in office hours, which admittedly is not something I ever took advantage of. Also, his homeworks did a good job of reinforcing concepts he tried to get across in class, which was nice.

Overall, I'd probably recommend him. Just know that to get a good grasp on the material, you'll have to study a little bit outside of lecture, which I don't think is unreasonable.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
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