Matthias Aschenbrenner

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MATH 31A
Differential and Integral Calculus Full Profile > 3.1 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness
For me, Professor Aschenbrenner was sub-par. Going into the class with previous calculus...
MATH 31A
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Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.3

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For me, Professor Aschenbrenner was sub-par. Going into the class with previous calculus experience, I failed the first midterm. Realizing his lectures were useless in terms of the tests, homework, and understanding, I never again attended a lecture aside from discussion, which was the only thing worthwhile. By going to the TAs office hours and discussion (highly recommend matt lane), I proceeded to get an A on the second midterm and the final. Traditionally professors are supposed to teach, but if you're looking for this don't take Aschenbrenner. I did get extra sleep though, so I guess in a way it wasn't so bad

MATH 31AX
Workshop in Differential Calculus Full Profile > 2.5 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness
took him for 31A. Absolute bs, have taken calculus before and without prior knowledge I would've...
MATH 31AX
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Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.3

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took him for 31A. Absolute bs, have taken calculus before and without prior knowledge I would've known absolutely nothing. Avoid him if you can, he is a good guy but a terrible lecturer.

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MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness
The lectures are dry (as almost all math lectures are to me), and the professor is very heavy on...
Spring Quarter 2016
MATH 31B
Integration and Infinite Series See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.4

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The lectures are dry (as almost all math lectures are to me), and the professor is very heavy on the theories. He spends most of the time explaining how formulas are derived, which is interesting but doesn't help much with the homework. Just going to the lectures definitely isn't going to get you a good grade. Some things that helped me:
1) Going to discussion sections: the weekly quizzes were ridiculously easy, but they kept me studying. My TA, Kwon, was really helpful--during the review sessions, he would go over especially difficult problems that are similar to the ones on the exams.
2) Test bank: Aschenbrenner gives out the solutions right after you turn in each exam, and you can easily find previous exams (which gave you an idea of what to expect) at the test bank.
3) Practice problems from the textbook: solutions to the textbook are available online, use them to check your homework. If you don't know what you did wrong and why, you will just repeat your mistakes on the exams.

Overall, this class wasn't as difficult as I expected (while I definitely did put in extra work). It does help to have a solid foundation, like being familiar with all the basic calculus properties. For reference, I took Calc AB in high school and got a 5 on the AP exam. The quarter system schedule is still rushed, but some topics from Calc BC (vectors) aren't even covered in this class, so don't stress out too much--the class is definitely doable.

Spring Quarter 2016
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
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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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MATH 220B
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