MATH 32A

Calculus of Several Variables

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 31A with grade of C- or better. Introduction to differential calculus of several variables, vector field theory. P/NP or letter grading.

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Fall 2018 - I just wanted to start out by saying that Sylvester, the god himself, is by far one of the best mathematics professors at UCLA. Despite being a new professor, he handled teaching Math 32A very well, and I'd highly recommend that if he's available, go ahead and take his section! His lectures are okay, and he connects the topics well. Sometimes he might not explain a concept the best, but if you ask questions he takes care to answer them all during lecture with extreme clarity, which is definitely a big bonus. He does have typos (on both online documents and during lecture), but honestly those do not detract from the material that he's teaching. During discussion, people would do groupwork (assisted by LAs) worksheets that quite closely resembled the exam questions, and since discussion is part of the participation grade, I'd highly recommend going. The midterms are straight up easy, but can be time consuming. As long as you paid attention during lecture and worked somewhat on the worksheet/homework problems, you were guaranteed As on the midterms. The final is somewhat a lot more difficult (during final exam review he even stumped himself while trying to solve a question...), but he accommodates by grading extremely leniently (he told us no long computations would be on the test, and when there was a question that was extremely tedious, I believe he ended up giving a lot of people full marks to compensate). His grading scheme is pretty fair; your standard 10-25-25-40 I believe, and he DOES give extra credit, so make sure to utilize those as much as possible (we got 1% for analyzing a map of UCLA and 3% for Piazza participation). Overall, awesome dude. Follow his Instragram too!
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