This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The professor is clearly passionate about the subject matter, and he makes every class day interesting as a result. From random facts about the history of calculus to deep analyses of mathematical concepts, there's hardly a dull moment in the course (granted, you may feel lost most of the time). It's not an easy class by any stretch of the imagination, but you can always go to the professor during office hours, and if you put a little effort into studying, you'll get the job done.
Course highlights:
The particular moment, where you could say that things sort of clicked for me, came almost at the end of the course, when we started looking into the practical applications of integrals. This part of the class stands out because it's where many of the concepts we had been studying converged into a cohesive whole. Other stand-outs include learning about optimization and other uses of the derivative. These were very productive times for me because I was compelled to think critically about math, and not just memorize a few formulas. I was given concrete problems to work with, and I learned to apply concepts to any given situation.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Pay attention during lectures: they can be overwhelming at times and hard to digest, but the professor always has some crucial insight that will shine a light, however tenuous, on future test concepts. Reading is also necessary for homework, and although the instructor doesn't always collect it (he'll tell you at the beginning of the semester whether he intends to grade homework or not), you have to do it in order to stay on top in the class. Above all, tackle the subject with good humor and perseverance. Don't stress! If you're not too frightened by math or the professor, which you shouldn't be in either case, then the class becomes frankly a joy to attend.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I took calculus in high school and understood nothing, but I actually understood what was going on in this class. Worth taking at 7:30am.
Course highlights:
I learned analytic geometry and calculus.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Do all of the online homework.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
If your brain is accustomed to a rapid-fire type of course, this is for you. Dr. Cacioppo is a legendary, high-energy teacher that will make Calculus blow past you if you can't keep up. However, if you can, it will be an extremely rewarding experience that will prepare you for any future course, regardless of professor or teacher.
Course highlights:
I learned how to take effective notes with little to no time between information given. I learned to keep a regular schedule on homework. I learned that math is not my strong suit. I learned how to not rely on BlackBoard for grades and assignments.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
You need to do the homework. Make sure to complete all problems. You need to go to the professor himself -- he is very helpful. The textbook is your friend. His lectures might be pretty confusing, but if you put in the work outside of class, MATH 198 will make you into a master of calculus.