Robert F. Brown
Department of Mathematics
4.7
Overall Rating
Based on 11 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.6 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

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• Needs Textbook
• Engaging Lectures
• Useful Textbooks
• Would Take Again
• Often Funny
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#### Reviews (4)

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Quarter: Fall 2019
April 3, 2020

Professor Brown is one of the best lecturers in the UCLA math department. Not only does he explain complicated/abstract concepts extremely clearly, but he also does a good job of motivating the results that you prove. There were many times where he would take time to explain WHY a certain result or theorem was important, and this really helped to give context for the proofs and make it easier to learn them. My only complaint about his class is that on the first midterm, he marked me down for using logical symbols instead of writing things out in words, but I got a good grade regardless, so I'm not complaining.

Quarter: Fall 2019
Dec. 13, 2019

It is pretty clear Professor Brown has A LOT of experience teaching this class, and it really benefits all of his student. (He sometimes mentioned different ways he taught the material [i.e. Chain Rule] in past versions of the course during lecture and office hours...) It's really clear that he is always trying to make the material seem more intuitive for students, and I really appreciate that!

Exams are super straightforward and expectations are explained very, very clearly throughout the course. While several exam questions are virtually identical to questions in the class, you can't necessarily rely on rote memorization to be able to remember the proofs (and there is a f*ck-ton of them to review each exam) so understanding of the concepts is key for succeeding in the class.

Quarter: Fall 2017
Verified Reviewer This user is a verified UCLA student/alum.
Jan. 2, 2018

Professor Brown was a very well-structured lecturer. Although he did seem to rush through the first portion of the course, he slowed down considerably when we got to integration, spending extensive time on the subject. His classes were devoted to presenting theorems and their proofs. He did not collect homework, but instead gave a weekly quiz consisting of 1 problem from the assigned problems we had to recreate from scratch, meaning attendance in discussion was essential (at least for the quiz). Overall, the quizzes and exams required a lot of memorization (midterms and finals were 80% material from class/homework) to do well, but if you're good at that, then getting a good grade in this class is a piece of cake, as long as you're careful with the technicalities in your proofs.

Quarter: N/A
June 14, 2013

Prof. Brown was one of the best professors I ever had at UCLA. His lectures were crystal clear and explains in details of proofs. Math 131A was almost all about writing rigorous proofs, so he really helps students. Two midterms and a final, no alternating grading schemes like some other professors. Got an A- from him, which, in my opinion, was fair b/c I screwed up 2nd midterm in a very bad way. Recommended for serious learners. If you want easy A, just stay away.

Quarter: Fall 2019
April 3, 2020

Professor Brown is one of the best lecturers in the UCLA math department. Not only does he explain complicated/abstract concepts extremely clearly, but he also does a good job of motivating the results that you prove. There were many times where he would take time to explain WHY a certain result or theorem was important, and this really helped to give context for the proofs and make it easier to learn them. My only complaint about his class is that on the first midterm, he marked me down for using logical symbols instead of writing things out in words, but I got a good grade regardless, so I'm not complaining.

Quarter: Fall 2019
Dec. 13, 2019

It is pretty clear Professor Brown has A LOT of experience teaching this class, and it really benefits all of his student. (He sometimes mentioned different ways he taught the material [i.e. Chain Rule] in past versions of the course during lecture and office hours...) It's really clear that he is always trying to make the material seem more intuitive for students, and I really appreciate that!

Exams are super straightforward and expectations are explained very, very clearly throughout the course. While several exam questions are virtually identical to questions in the class, you can't necessarily rely on rote memorization to be able to remember the proofs (and there is a f*ck-ton of them to review each exam) so understanding of the concepts is key for succeeding in the class.

Verified Reviewer This user is a verified UCLA student/alum.
Quarter: Fall 2017
Jan. 2, 2018

Professor Brown was a very well-structured lecturer. Although he did seem to rush through the first portion of the course, he slowed down considerably when we got to integration, spending extensive time on the subject. His classes were devoted to presenting theorems and their proofs. He did not collect homework, but instead gave a weekly quiz consisting of 1 problem from the assigned problems we had to recreate from scratch, meaning attendance in discussion was essential (at least for the quiz). Overall, the quizzes and exams required a lot of memorization (midterms and finals were 80% material from class/homework) to do well, but if you're good at that, then getting a good grade in this class is a piece of cake, as long as you're careful with the technicalities in your proofs.

Quarter: N/A
June 14, 2013

Prof. Brown was one of the best professors I ever had at UCLA. His lectures were crystal clear and explains in details of proofs. Math 131A was almost all about writing rigorous proofs, so he really helps students. Two midterms and a final, no alternating grading schemes like some other professors. Got an A- from him, which, in my opinion, was fair b/c I screwed up 2nd midterm in a very bad way. Recommended for serious learners. If you want easy A, just stay away.

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4.7
Overall Rating
Based on 11 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.6 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

#### TOP TAGS

• Needs Textbook
(4)
• Engaging Lectures
(4)
• Useful Textbooks
(3)
• Would Take Again
(4)
• Often Funny
(3)