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Majority positive comments for Prof. Hood so I'll provide a different perspective:
- Lectures: lectures were unclear and Hood does not use slides. He lectures with notes from ripped notebook paper reminiscent of high school days. He does post handwritten notes on Canvas a few days later but they are in condensed form and don't very much match with lecture notes.
- Homework/textbook: homework problems are pulled from the textbook. Although time consuming, they are doable and can reinforce content understanding. Odd numbered answers are available in the back. However, Hood's lecture content and the textbook content often differ (one annoying thing was that the mathematical symbols used were different and it was easy to get confused). Hood includes content on his exams that the textbooks do not cover.
- Exams and practice exams: Hood posts practice exams several days leading up to the exam. The real exams are basically a complete replica of question type with practice exams with the numbers changed. However, the real exams are an incredible time crunch and involve many tedious calculations. You might get stuck on the algebra part of a problem instead of the calculus concept. While partial credit is given, there is no mercy for minor calculation errors and typos. On one midterm I wrote dxy as dyy for one sub question and had -10 points cause of it, entire letter grade gone. Straight raw scores are used for exams - no curve.
At heart Hood is a friendly professor and easy to talk to. He's tolerant and wants to help. However, from an objective standpoint his lectures/lecture notes are difficult to understand and exams are toughly graded. Textbook will help but about 1/4 of the content will not be included. He will not be teaching Winter 2022 but will teach again for Spring 2022. Some students are definitely going to do well for the class but for others/majority this class wont be easy.
Hood is a really nice and accommodating professor, he has a really nice grading system where you can drop one exam if you really fuck it up, and he offers extra credit in the form of hw points. His tests are very similar to the practice tests, but the real tests don't really test your understanding of the concepts learned in the class, rather, they focus on how fast you can do calculations and remember super conceptual and topics that were barely talked about in class. Most people ran out of time on the midterms. I think that because he's a new professor he struggles with explaining topics to the class in a way that makes sense to students, the way he explains them is super high level and requires a really high arching conceptual knowledge of the material. Plus, you have to attend review sessions to understand how to solve the problems he puts on the test, they aren't at all doable by just doing the hw and are pretty hard. I wouldn't take this class again unless Hood dumbs down the content a little bit and makes his tests a little less arithmetically focused.
I enjoyed having Hood as a professor. He was truly very kind and very genuine in his desire for his students to succeed. I struggled with the clarity of his lectures at times, and some of the examples he used in class didn't always land with me, but I noticed as the quarter progressed his lectures became a lot more well developed and a lot easier to learn from. The key is that he provides ton of help and resources for the exams and for homework which I thought was great. The reviews he made us for the midterms and the final were very comprehensive and I appreciated how much effort he put into going over these reviews with us. In my personal opinion, Prof. Chatham is a relatively good option for this class.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but personally, it's hard for me to understand why people are praising Chatham so much. I definitely would recommend avoiding Chatham.
- Lectures are very rushed, disorganized, and confusing. Chatham does not use slides and has even admitted that he does not even bother preparing for lectures. To make things worse, he very frequently makes basic calculation mistakes during the lectures.
- Chatham hosts office hours regularly, but they are almost useless considering he almost always spends over an hour checking extra credit work, and uses the remaining time to review homework problems.
- Homework is usually easy and is based on the textbook. Discussion sections consist of doing a single discussion worksheet, which is significantly harder than the homework and is often not covered in lectures/textbooks. Chatham also provides practice tests, but once again they are harder than the homework and often contain material not covered in lectures/textbooks.
- Exams are hands down the worst part about Chatham's class. Exams are very similar to practice exams - however, they have significantly more calculations that are not appropriate for the limited time frames of the exams. This essentially makes the exams a matter of how well you memorize the problems on practice exams and can quickly do calculations, and not actually about how well you understand the material. To make things worse, the exams are graded very harshly - explanations must meet Chatham's expectations and a single calculation error can make you lose entire letter grades (ironic considering Chatham consistently fails to do basic calculations in lectures, as well as answer keys for discussion worksheets and practice exams).
- Chatham is a pretty friendly guy, but he also has a complete inability to keep promises. Do not trust a single promise Chatham makes - if he says he will post something on a certain date, he always ends up posting late. The most offensive case of his inability to keep promises was with Midterm #2 - Midterm #2 had numerous typos that made the test unsolvable - wasting up to 10 minutes on an already extremely time-consuming test. He promised to curve this test in an email sent to all students but later reneged on the excuse that the test was the same as the practice version.
Overall, I definitely would recommend avoiding Chatham as much as possible. If you do have to take him, do realize that Math 32A is significantly harder under him than any other professor.
lectures were confusing and tests were extremely difficult. some people's midterms had mistakes and it wasn't curved despite us being told it would be. would not recommend this class, take it with a different professor if u can
Hood was definitely my favorite professor this quarter. The class material itself was interesting enough to learn and hood was pretty good at explaining things. Even though he might make some miscalculations in class, he always fixes them as soon as someone points them out. In addition, he was extremely eager to help and always offer a ton of extra help before exams. The workload was soooooo light. The homework, most of the time, takes less than 1 hour a week to finish and comes straight from the textbook. The exams were not super easy but also not super hard. The practice exams are basically a direct replica of the exam and while there may be new concepts on the practice exam, it never was anything crazy. Overall I would totally take this class again and would love to have hood as a professor!
Chatham was a nice professor, but he wasn't the best at explaining concepts. Lectures could be confusing, and while he would always try his best to answer any questions, he wasn't the best and could make concepts more complex than necessary. Chatham would also make a few algebraic errors during lecture as well as in answer keys. However, I still learned a lot in his class, and going to office hours and review sessions were helpful. Lectures are also recorded and attendance is not necessary.
His tests were fair in content because he always gave a practice exam that was very similar to the real exam. However, timing was often an issue. His exams would have too much algebra for 50 minutes without a calculator.
Discussion sections weren't very helpful because the discussion worksheets would often not correlate with lecture or exams. The worksheets would often be harder or contain content not taught in class, and these questions would never show up on a exam, so there wasn't much use in doing them. Attendance wasn't taken, so some people would just skip discussion.
There's an online textbook available for free that the homework comes out of, but it doesn't have an answer key. The physical book has the answers for the odd numbers in the back though. I thought the amount of homework given was fair, but the content would often be easier than the content on the exams.
He gave one extra credit assignment that was easy, and it was worth 40 homework points. Overall, Chatham wouldn't be my first choice professor, but if I had to take a class with him again, I wouldn't mind.
This was Prof. Chatham's first quarter teaching Math 32a and overall, he did an excellent job! He's very accommodating towards his students--providing multiple review days, review materials, practice exams, and extra credit. He genuinely wants his students to succeed and goes above and beyond to make that happen. Even though he made minor mistakes at times during lecture, this rarely hindered my understanding of the material and he made sure to review difficult types of problems when he noticed students struggling on them. The textbook is also very useful for this class--and is also used for Math 32b so you won't have to buy a separate book for that class. Prof. Chatham made going to lectures enjoyable with his bright attitude and passion for math. Exams in this class were challenging, especially given the time constraint, but the practice exams he provided us with prepared us for these types of difficult problems, resulting in fair exams that I felt prepared for. :)
Dr. Chatham is a chill teacher, as of right now at least (haven't done finals yet) I'd definitely take him again. The homework is SUPER manageable, sometimes there's barely any and usually you can finish the entire week's assignment in 30 minutes to an hour. He puts out review material and practice tests before each midterm-- and the practice test is almost EXACTLY like the midterm, with the exception of maybe there'll be tougher functions given or harder numbers on the midterm-- but basically you know the exact layout of questions on the test from that. Sometimes during lecture, the professor makes some computational mistakes, and sometimes (not often), he won't articulately explain a concept. But usually when that happens, he acknowledges it in a later lecture and will explain it better then (or put out some additional notes he wrote on Canvas to clarify). I feel like that might be partially because he's a newer teacher, so I think it's understandable. You can tell that he wants his students to succeed and is very understanding and willing to work with you if you go to him with a question, one time despite him not having OH he was even willing to take me and a small group of kids to his office to explain an example he was going over during class. His grading scheme is 10% HW, and then either 30% your best midterm grade and 60% final or 25% for both midterms and 40% final. So even if you screw up one midterm, you have the option to drop it which is nice. Overall I'd definitely recommend Dr. Chatham, and would take him again.
Professor Chatham is one of the best Math professors I have ever taken at UCLA. Although he does make mistakes during his lectures he goes back and clarifies them eventually. Once he even uploaded a whole document explaining one of the problems in detail that most of the class had trouble understanding. He does care about his students a lot and does not mind explaining the same concept couple of times. He even devoted the last week of the quarter to the review of the whole material. Awesome Professor! Would definitely take him again in the future.