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Will Conley (and Artur who taught with him) are quite possible the best professors on the entire campus. I took this course during the pandemic, and they have been so accommodating and understanding of student needs. LS30B is harder than LS30A, but not only does Conley make difficult linear and multi-variable concepts understandable, he also cares so much about student learning and well-being. He's a fantastic lecturer and is so clear with explanations! Only downside was that we had pre-lectures on top of normal lecture, so the workload was more than a usual in-person class; however, the professors allow you to watch at your own pace since its podcasted and drop your lowest assignments. 100% recommend!!!
If Peter Parker became a math professor. Conley was extremely accommodating with the online learning format. He didn't make live lectures or discussions mandatory, recorded his lectures, etc. He stays over his scheduled office hours time to help out students and even gave a 5 hour review session for the final.
Since this is technically the second time I'm taking this course (I took AP Calc AB in high school but didn't get a 5 on the exam), the course was manageable for me. However, the difference between my high school teacher and Conley is night and day. While my high school teacher wasn't bad, I never felt like I fully grasped the material based on her lectures alone. With Conley, I had a significantly deeper understanding of the material because he explains topics so that you understand them conceptually.
Great professor and great guy, I felt lucky to have him as a professor.
This professor knows what he is teaching and gives engaging lectures. He is very nice and actually cares about your grades and tries to give you the best appropriate grade that you deserve. He also provides the class with past midterms and finals to study before exam. His midterm were very similar to the practice midterms when I took the class. Also, if you need help or have a hard time understanding the material I would recommend for you to go to his office hours because he is very approachable. If you want a good grade and you will put effort then definitely go for him.
Professor Conley is one of the best teachers I have ever had. If I could take every math class with him I would. He is a very clear speaker and his lectures are very helpful. Homework is completed on Sapling. During COVID he allowed us to have infinite tries on the problems. He assigns challenging questions, but if you go to office hours he can show you how to properly complete them.
His midterms were challenging for me and I failed the first one. But this was because I didn't attend his review session and I didn't spend much time on the provided practice exams. For the 2nd Midterm and Final I went to the review sessions and completed the practice exams. They are very similar to the actual tests. Definitely take advantage of his review sessions. He puts a lot of time into them, sometimes spending 4 hours going over material and answering everyone's questions. He gave us 24 hours to complete the exams. I took about 5 hours on the final because I tend to make silly mistakes but the review sessions and practice tests prepare you well.
Professor Conley allows for 2 grading schemes and chooses whichever one will give you a better grade. Since I did well on the 2nd midterm and final he dropped my 1st midterm (which I failed) and I was able to pull through with an A-. There are also short quizzes every week. I did ok on them, but if you do well you can get a few extra points with them.
If you have the chance to take a math class with Professor Conley definitely do it. He is such a dedicated and approachable teacher. He also showed us his dogs at the end of the final review session, which was nice after 5 hours of reviewing material. If you do not do well in this class it is because you are not taking advantage of all of the resources Mr. Conley provides.
Will not be taking another class with this professor. Lectures were long, drawn out, and unclear. I took this professor as reviews said classes were clear and he was helpful but that was not the case. Gave ambiguous study guides for tests, making the final extremely difficult by involving concepts not covered/very little covered in class. This professor is not worth it, definitely look for a different one.
Great class and great professor
You will need the textbook so if you havent bought it yet I am selling my textbook Rogawski second edition with binder included. No notes or highlights, and in mint condition. Text me at (818) 585-4397 I can meet on or around campus. Selling for$50 with price negotiable.
His notes and lectures are clear and very in depth! You don't need to read the textbook at all because his lectures teach the concepts very well. Do the homework because the weekly quizzes are almost identical to the homework problems. He definitely cares for his students because before every exam he has a review session and it lasts for as long as students need. We would ask a bunch of questions and he didn't even mind that the review session went to three hours. Calculus will never be completely easy, but his exams were fair and really tested your understanding of the material. If I could have him as a professor every quarter, I would! Definitely one of the best professors here on campus!
I took math 3A with professor Conley!
HE IS DEFINITELY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is a new professor so i was scared to take him at first.
But his classes turn out to be really interesting, and his midterms are not tricky at all.
Some of the harder proof he talks about are fun and will not be tested on.
He does not have homework grade and gives out a quiz in section every week.
You don't have to study for the quizzes at all. They are very easy and your TA will go through very similar questions as well.
He cares about his students VERY MUCH! and accepts unscheduled visits besides his office hours!
SO TAKE HIM!!!!!
Will teaches very clearly and he gave us programming assignments from which we can actually experience the beauty of cryptography.
1 Midterm, 1 Final.
The tests can be a little bit long, but they are easy if you understand the material.
Homework can be a headache for someone who knows nothing about Math 110A, like me, but if you are willing to spend more time, you are totally fine.
Will asked us to dive into a cryptographic field that is not covered in class, and this project basically gave us a taste of researches.
However, this course should have Math 110A as a prerequisite since we spent so much time on number theory and finite fields. We could totally spend such time on actual cryptographic applications, like elliptic curves, pseudorandom generators, etc.. I hope the department can change the prereq and make this course better.