Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Yes, this course was laced with it's fair share of difficulty. And yes, I've had AP Calculus in high school. However, I feel like Professor Kao taught the material very well and went through the examples thoroughly. He was willing to modify his teaching style and write out the notes and examples on the whiteboard instead of using slideshows to teach the material. One of the things he often said was that he's there for us to understand and not to make us fail because of a severely difficult test. He chose questions that covered the material but that were fair for all levels of experience with calculus.
There were few things in this course I had not previously learned in high school. One aspect we touched a lot more on were different cost functions and other functions such as annuities and pension plans. With each new topic, we revisited these things and applied derivatives and integrations to them which helped to remember the original examples when exams came. We went more in depth with derivatives and integrations to learn about multi-variable functions and he made sure the material was understood with the little time we had for the section.
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Advice for students:
Study a lot if you haven't taken calculus or if math does not come easy to you. It requires a lot of work but when you figure out how to do it, you feel good about yourself and you can apply that knowledge to other sections of the class. Keep up on homework because it matters to earn a good grade and it makes recollection easier on exams.