Matthias Aschenbrenner

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MATH 31A
Differential and Integral Calculus Full Profile > 3.2 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness
Aschenbrenner explains concepts very well; rather than throwing formulas up on the board, he guides...
MATH 31A
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Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 2.2

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Aschenbrenner explains concepts very well; rather than throwing formulas up on the board, he guides students through the math by presenting a problem and then walking through how to solve it. His proofs were extremely helpful.

His tests are pretty difficult, but also generously curved, so I never really had a problem with them.

MATH 31AX
Workshop in Differential Calculus Full Profile > 2.8 Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.2 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
I had Professor Aschenbrenner for Math 31A. I had already taken Calculus AB in high school, and...
MATH 31AX
Workshop in Differential Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 2.6

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I had Professor Aschenbrenner for Math 31A. I had already taken Calculus AB in high school, and gotten a 4 on the AP exam (like most students in this class). Many kids never showed up, except to turn in their homework on Friday. I, personally, am the type who would rather spend the allotted time in class learning the material, rather then teach myself on my own time, but since everyone pretty much knew it already, it wasn't a huge deal. The homework was easy and short, but graded pretty harshly, so make sure you do them all right (although it is not a huge portion of your grade). The two midterms and final were pretty difficult and there was a spread of 11%-100% on all of them. I got a 76 and a 63 on the midterms, and an 85 on the final. My final grade was a B+ in the class. The curve definitely helps. Know your absolute value, he makes every easy problem harder by making it an absolute value problem. The discussions were not that helpful, as most of the students already knew the material, but they were used to get answers to more difficult homework problems. All in all, it was a pretty fair math class, and by taking it again, I understand it in much greater depth than I did in high school.

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MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness
Ascenbrenner is a really nice guy. The first day of the class, he tells you that the class is...
MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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Ascenbrenner is a really nice guy. The first day of the class, he tells you that the class is curved, and that scares the hell out of you because you know only a certain number of people will be getting A's and some people will definitely fail. But as you move along, it's not all that bad. He does a lot of proofs to try and get you to understand the math so you don't have to memorize any formulas. His tests were not really all that bad. I remember getting a question on the second midterm completely wrong because I flipped a minus sign to a plus sign, and I still got 9/10 points. Overall in the class, I had a test average of about 87% or 88%, and about 90% on the homework, and I ended up getting an A-. You'll end up learning a lot from him, and he's not really a tough professor at all. I do recommend him, even though I heard Park was easier. (P.S., the curve ALWAYS helps you)

MATH 31BX
Workshop in Integral Calculus Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness
I find it pretty interesting that almost every evaluation written before me is so negative. All in...
MATH 31BX
Workshop in Integral Calculus See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.4

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I find it pretty interesting that almost every evaluation written before me is so negative. All in all, I don't believe Professor Aschenbrenner is as horrible as people make him sound. While he does simply do examples from the book, I always found that going to lecture was EXTREMELY HELPFUL. I love the way he draws graphs to illustrate what he is saying (such as with integration and Taylor Polynomials, etc.). I also thought that his explanations in class were clear and concise while bringing a greater understanding to the subject. I would definitely say if you wan to do well in this class to go to both section and lecture as they are extremely helpful. Try and get a Thursday section because some of the homework problems cover sections that won't be covered until AFTER you turn in the homework (which was definitely a downside). His midterms aren't too hard, the mean for both being in the mid to high 50's. BEWARE of the final though - it's RIDICULOUSLY hard. It's cumulative and he doesn't allow any notes, so study hard.

MATH 110A
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MATH 110A
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MATH 131A
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MATH 131A
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