Richard L.  Oberlin
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Richard L. Oberlin

Assistant Adjunct Professor

oberlin@math.ucla.edu

Rating

Not Effective
5.27
Very Effective
Very Hard
4.13
Very Easy
Not Concerned
4.20
Very Concerned
Not Available
5.40
Very Available
Not Good Overall
5.73
Very Good Overall

Grade history

Probability for Life Sciences Students

Mathematics: 3C - Spring 2010

A+
0.0%
A
16.5%
A-
9.0%
B+
12.0%
B
10.0%
B-
10.0%
C+
6.5%
C
11.5%
C-
8.0%
D+
6.0%
D
8.0%
D-
1.0%
F
1.5%

Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Analysis

Mathematics: 131A - Winter 2010

A+
2.9%
A
8.8%
A-
2.9%
B+
8.8%
B
23.5%
B-
5.9%
C+
5.9%
C
11.8%
C-
17.6%
D+
0.0%
D
8.8%
D-
0.0%
F
2.9%

Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Calculus for Life Sciences Students

Mathematics: 3B - Fall 2009

A+
0.5%
A
33.0%
A-
13.7%
B+
11.0%
B
12.6%
B-
7.7%
C+
3.8%
C
5.5%
C-
3.3%
D+
2.7%
D
1.6%
D-
0.5%
F
3.8%

Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Evaluations

Posted 06/30/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3C

Professor Oberlin does not really care whether or not his students master the material. He is not willing to accept your work if it is not the way he understands doing it. For instance, on one of my tests, I had showed my work in a different way than the other students, but got the correct answer, while many other students got a wrong answer, so he told me to consult his T.A. When i did so, the T.A. acknowledged that I was indeed correct in my calculation, but he did not want to go through the trouble of looking over everyones tests again, so he did not give me the points. He was too lazy to re grade the tests even though he was the one who made the mistake. When I asked Oberlin about this, he was extremely unhelpful and said he could not do anything about it. I ended up with an A-, but I definitely deserved a higher grade. Do all the homework, and do well on his midterms (they are very easy), because his final was extremely difficult, and the average was very low. Avoid him if possible, but I believe the other 3B professor is not much better. It's a class you may have to take, but I would highly suggest taking it another quarter with a more helpful professor.

Posted 06/15/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3C

I thought Oberlin was a fine professor, especially for a math class. He's laid back, knows his stuff, and his tests are very fair, if not the easiest I've taken in my first year at UCLA. I did the homework twice through when the midterms came around I got 70 and 69 out of 70, and then for the final I went through the homework and read my notes over and came out with an A. However, he lectures straight from the textbook so it is not as necessary to take good notes as it is to learn the concepts behind the notes. Probability is all about the little useful tricks, so go to discussion to learn those tricks. Nikki is a very efficient TA, I could barely find a seat and I was actually enrolled in her discussion.

It begins as a very simple class, permutations and combinations and whatnot, but don't let that lull you into a false sense of security because after the second midterm the class gets complicated quickly. As for Oberlin himself, yeah he wears the same outfit to class everyday, but it gives him a very modest and approachable vibe, and he tries to answer every question. The class complained about the mark/recapture concept, and he just wiped it off the midterm. Overall, I liked him as a professor, and the class was much easier than any calculus class. Take Oberlin if you're given the chance, and avoid Barbaro. I've heard bad things about her..

Posted 05/15/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3C

In response to the person below me:

Oberlin's midterms are very straightforward. As long as you know how to do all the book problems, you can easily get a perfect score on the midterm. Just look at the explanation in the back of the book and put those explanations on the test. This class is a joke. Know how to do the homework, Get covel tutoring, and you are GUARANTEED AN 'A' grade. Oberlin is WAAY EASIER COMPARED TO BARBARO. That lady is over the top difficult, makes her kids memorize pages of proofs, tests definitions, AND ON TOP gives much harder problems. She is a total bitch from what I've heard. We should be content with Oberlin. Sure he doesn't care, but he's easy and he gives you an easy grade if you put in the effort. And lol no south campus teacher here at UCLA cares about teaching, they care about research only. UCLA will never hire teachers based on how well it thinks that person will teach. UCLA will hire a teacher based on how much money in research the person can bring in to the university. UCLA DOES NOT GIVE A JACK SHIT ABOUT LEARNING AND/OR ITS STUDENTS.

Posted 05/14/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3C

Professor Oberlin pretty much sucks at explaining. Not only does he wear the same clothes to lecture, but he messes up on the board and students ALWAYS correct his mistakes. Although his tests are straightforward and similar to the homework, he is not that great of a person either. When he grades your tests, he gives you the least amount of points possible regardless if your work is correct. He basically refused to understand how I approached a problem, when I actually did it right, and he only gave me less than half the points! However, the TAs are pretty good--get Nikki Meshkat if you can. She's awesome. I think this is Oberlin's first time teaching 3C, and I hope UCLA hires better math professors who truly care about student learning.

Posted 04/07/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 131A

This was the hardest and worst class I have taken at UCLA. The pace of the class is very fast, and the professor showed little concern with the difficulty of the material. The professor was very vague on what he wanted you to know, and then impossible questions would show up on the exams. I would take the course again, but I have no vested interest in the material and I couldn't put myself through the torture of a class like that again.

Posted 03/31/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

After AP Calc AB, this class was fine. Easy first midterm (basic integration), and then got a little tougher, but most people stayed in the A range. Chill guy, but he knows his stuff

Posted 03/10/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

Worst math professor I have ever had. He does not teach, do NOT take him if you do not already know everything in Math 3B. He was simply awful, and Richardson is much better. Oberlin is horrible.

Posted 02/01/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

He takes some getting used to. The beginning of the class is easy, if you took AP Calculus, regardless if it was AB or BC. His tests are fair, and the class always does well. He does a lot of proofs, most of which are superfluous, since all you need is the formula. Go to lecture, pay attention in lecture, do the homework. He's really chill, which isn't all that good when he's explaining a concept, but a good TA will clarify it up. He won't screw you with the curve, which is a definite plus.

Posted 01/21/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

His classes are very easy. I got an A on the first two midterms and a B on the final and an A in the class overall. His tests are straightforward.

Posted 01/18/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

He's a pretty chill professor. The class didn't get difficult until about half way through when you start modeling populations and doing multivariable. His lectures were often confusing, but after doing the homework they usually made sense. Tests weren't terribly difficult, but (besides the first midterm) weren't terribly easy, either.

Posted 01/07/2010
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

Pretty easy professor.
Clear, coherent speech.
Just do the homework, attend lectures and understand all the concepts and it should be a fairly easy class.
I really liked professor Oberlin.
Only drawback: He doesn't do the best job explaining some of the more difficult concepts.

Posted 12/25/2009
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

1. The 2 midterms were EXACTLY like the homework. Do the homework, and you'll do well on the midterms
2. Lecture could get a little confusing because he moves pretty fast through the material. Ask him a question to slow him down
3. The beginning integration material is what most of the course is, and since it's really easy, it put the class average really high. When we got into multivariable calc, you could tell everyone was getting confused, and this is what might have changed the class average, because half the final was on multivariable calc

That being said, this was the class I was least worried about, because if you do the homework and understand it, you'll do well in the class. Oh, also, my TA(Sherwood) was AMAZING. If you have any questions, ask your TAs during discussion. I also recommend taking a Thursday discussion, because homework is due Fridays, and by Thursday you should have your questions prepared.

Posted 12/17/2009
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 3B

He is not the best math professor you're going to have, but then again, it's tough to find good math professors. He spends a lot of his time proving an equation that you're going to use rather than just giving you the equation. You don't necessarily have to go to lecture to get the material; you can read the textbook. Make sure you do all the homework though because that really helps and homework also counts 10%. The class must have been pretty easy for majority of the people because the averages were usually pretty high, especially for the midterms. He gives 2 midterms and one final. Midterms both worth 25% each and the final worth 40%. The final was definitely more difficult than the midterms, but still, the class did pretty damn well. 80-89% range. So my suggestion would be to do the homework and extra homework problems if you need it and you should be fine.

Posted 02/26/2009
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 33B

After taking Oberlin's class for Math 33B, it's pretty obvious he's a 3 series professor (no offense to those who take the 3 series). His tests were extremely easy (averages ranged between 85% to 95%), and all of the tests are pretty much straightforward. If you're taking him for the Math 31,32,33 series, be prepared for an extremely high average.

Posted 02/22/2009
Course(s) taken: Mathematics: 115A

I had Professor Oberlin for 115A. 115A is kind of the standard first upper division math class that most people take. I would strongly recommended Prof. Oberlin for this class and other upper divisions if possible. I do not know about his teaching in lower div. classes so I can't speak for that.

He presented the material in a straightforward, but organized way. He moved pretty fast and covered a lot in a class but he also had 3 office hours a week so if you had questions, you could go to those. 115A also meets 5 times a week (2 discussions) so there is a lot of help available which is good. One thing I liked about Oberlin was that since the class does emphasize proof writing, he did an intro to proof by contradiction/contrapositive and induction. It was not too thorough but it was pretty good.

His first midterm (I am currently in the class) was really fair. I thought the average would be really high but it turned out to only be 50%. If you are able to do the homework problems and such, you should be good. He does definitely emphasize proofs on his tests, as should be the case in 115A (33A is the more computational side of Linear Algebra). The proofs on the test are doable though. I obviously liked Oberlin since I am taking him again next quarter. He is a good professor- maybe a little less talkative/personal in his OHs than other professor but a cool guy too.