Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Remember back in high school or community college when you had a sub-par professor who would vague things up and wasn't really interested in teaching you Calculus (Pre or otherwise), which is the fundamental basis for our understanding of the known universe? How things work? Yeah, consider those days OVER! This course at USC is of the finest quality. I have been so well supported, the difference is striking. I am astounded at how patient my teachers and T.A.'s are, and the Math Center tutors as well.
Course highlights:
They take the time to explain the problem from several angles, so if one way of solving isn't for you, that's ok. There's always another way to see it.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Buy the book. Use Slader.com to check your answers. Take advantage of all office hours. Don't be afraid to ask about an obvious abbreviation or formula.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this class because first, it's a prerequisite, so you have to take it, but also as long as you study and stick to the notes, you'll be able to follow along with the material.
Course highlights:
The highlight of this course for me was the second exam. I know it's weird to say that an exam was a highlight, but I felt extremely nervous for this exam specifically, so I went in to talk to the professor during his office hours and he helped me a lot. When I got my grade back and it said "A" it was an amazing feeling.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
GO TO CLASS!!! And go to discussion because depending on your TA, they help you A LOT on the homework and work through the tricky problems with you, helping you get a good grade.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class was extremely challenging, but not exactly because of the material itself. Concepts were taught in a way that was complex and unclear, and I had to teach much of it to myself. It was difficult for everyone: I had never taken calculus in high school, and ended up getting a C average on exams while those who had taken calculus got a B or C average. If you are willing to put in hours and hours of work, you have a good chance at passing - but it's tough to get an A.
Course highlights:
I actually did learn a lot of great calculus basics in this course - nothing I couldn't have learned from a basic calculus how-to book from your local store, but it was still very helpful for the next few years.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Study a lot on your own and definitely attend every class session if possible. Do every assignment, study every worksheet and handout, and complete practice problems from the textbook. Also, seek out help from the Math Center, TAs, the professor, and tutors. Do all of this consistently (it will take a big time commitment!) and you should do pretty well.