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Even though he seems really helpful but most of the time he tries to twist the explanation. His lecture notes are copy-paste from the book so is pointless to attend the lecture unless you have spare time to waste. Hw load is massive so be prepared to do 35-45 problems a week. Exams are pretty much same version of hw problems but he takes so many point off for small mistake even if you have the right answers (imagine you did everything right, exactly like solution manual but you gonna end up with high C) and there are typos in every exam. The only good thing about this class was the super helpful TA and the fact that final exam worths same weight as other exams so it doesn't really effect your grade at end
I loved 170E with Professor Tyler – he was a really good teacher, taught a lot, and was really helpful during office hours. There's a good amount of homework, but since we were virtual the midterms and final weren't bad. Class seems to be one of the easier math classes, but also one that's pretty interesting as well, and Tyler is a great teacher for this class.
The class itself I found super dense. It is extremely theoretical and proof based, but if you take the time to memorize the proofs and the application, you will do fine. The professor was extremely helpful and clear, one of the best math professors I've had at UCLA.
I took 2 classes this summer with Arant back to back and by the end, I was tired of his voice and unnecessary explanation. He's very knowledgable for his age but sometimes he gets confused on small stuff and calculation. His lecture notes are very well organized but the lectures itself is not engaging. Be prepare for the time consuming hws which sometimes takes few days to be done and only worths 20% of your grade. From my experience his midterms are much harder than his final exam but it doest change anything since they all worths equally. Overall I would recommend him since there are no better instructors for this class.
Lectures are complicated but he's verbose so you can scribble down his lectures and study it later. He tends to make things theoretical but he's not complicated and he doesn't go on tangents.
Homework is incredibly hard so go to OH for sure.
Tests are definitely fair. Not easy but the questions aren't designed to trick you.
Definitely take his class unless the alternative is some 5/5 math professor like Keranen or Conley.
I’ve taken 2 classes now with Professor Arant (142 in Winter 2020 and 135 in Spring 2020), and spent more time in his office hours than in lecture by this point probably, so I feel qualified to review him.
Because he’s young, he was also really approachable and easy to ask for help in Office Hours. However, this is where my one issue with this professor comes up. When someone asked him for help with a problem, a good amount of the time he seemed to not want to actually go over the problem very often, and just talk a bunch of math at you, and when he’s done, you’re just kind of pressured into saying “yeah that makes sense” but when you’re actually doing the homework, you still have no idea what to do. In that case you should just ask a friend (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or the TA (if you have one that’s helpful). I think this really just stems from the ever common symptom many really smart math professors here have, where they are so smart that they kind of just leave you in the dust and don’t really slow down in the explanations. Other than that though, his office hours are really helpful and fun simply because he’s easier to approach and talk to than older and more Boomer professors; I know my jokes will actually land with him.
If you have strong feelings about this kind of thing, you might want to steer away from this course if he ever teaches it again, but something else I noticed is the fact that there was no MatLAB used at all in this course. Now I don’t really care because I’m a math major just because I like math, I don’t really care that I didn’t learn those skills of doing things like pandemic modeling with a computer simulation or other programming methods. However, I know those definitely are the skills that many applied math majors are expecting to get out of this course. The root of this stems from the fact that Professor Arant is a VERY pure mathematician, studying computability theory and logic stuff, so he approaches modeling from a very theoretical and, well, pure perspective. If you’re like me and don’t really care, then this is a completely fine class to take. If you’re not, then you might wanna steer clear.
Other than that, I guess I can just end with the fact that exams are very fair and well written, so that isn’t something to worry about. All in all, it’s very clear that he really does care about his students' learning, and puts a lot of thought into his teaching because of it. Just for that I can definitely recommend this professor in this class.
Different teaching styles work for different students... I personally didn't love the way this professor structured the class, but I think he is actually a good teacher. You have the security of knowing that if you go to all lectures, do all the work, and stay on top of everything you will do well in his class. I prefer a class that is less structured, with less homework, and more of a work independently to learn the material environment. I think I may be the rarity in this sense, so I do think many students would enjoy having him as a professor. Be prepared for a lot of homework, but you likely also won't need to do much extra studying aside from the homework, which he grades on completion. He also had a quiz once a week and I found that the quizzes were not easy, while they do account for a large part of your grade, so be sure to study for those. He is helpful at explaining the material and especially I give him kudos for being so organized. It was very easy to navigate back through his lecture notes to find what you were looking for, which is much appreciated in the remote learning environment.
The professor is very organized. I mostly relied on the class notes to help with studying for quizzes and tests. The class is very theoretical and proof-based. I recommend you attend class at the scheduled time in order to not fall behind, but relying on the lecture recordings does not make a difference.
The homework was worth 10% of your grade and it is based on completion. It was very long, but the TA's helped with solving some of the problems. The professor provides partial solutions to the homework after the due date. The homework was the best source of practicing the material and studying for the quizzes and tests.
The weekly quizzes were difficult, but if you fully understood the homework, then they were doable. (some of the questions on the homework were difficult though).
I felt the Midterms were much easier than the Final. Personally, the Midterms and the Final took a while to complete.
Overall, the class is very organized. He is willing to answer any questions you have and the class requires you to critically think.
I took this course during COVID-19. Professor Arant is nice in general. The first midterm is easy; the second midterm is kind of hard; the final is fine. The workload for this class comes from homework. Although the homework is graded upon completion, it still takes several hours to finish. Weekly quizzes are tricky, but if you fully understand his lecture notes, you are gonna be fine.