Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I took a Calculus I class this last Spring and I really enjoyed it. I feel like I learned a lot from it! My teacher was absolutely amazing and she made learning calculus fun and interesting.
Course highlights:
I gained a fairly thorough understanding of how you take the derivative of a function and what a function's derivative tells us. I learned how you find the slope of the tangent line at a certain point and, from that, find its equation. The teacher presented to us a lot of rules for finding a derivative that make it far easier to find the derivative, than finding the derivative from its definition. I also learned about using the 1st and 2nd derivatives of a function to make a basic sketch of various functions. In the class, we also went over a lot of very interesting application problems such as related rates, and optimization problems. Over all, I learned how all of the things in that people learn in algebra, pre- calculus and trigonometry come all together in Calculus. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to put all the things that I learned in previous math classes together in Calculus I.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
I would advise students planning on taking a Calculus I class to have a pretty solid understanding of, and feel comfortable with, the math that they've learned in previous math courses. Also, I would say that you have to feel comfortable with algebra and that it's vital in Calculus. Calculus problems simply take a lot of practice and repetition. The teacher stressed a lot on how important repetition is for the problems that we were doing. We really needed to practice, practice, practice! Lastly, I would say to push forward even though you may not like the math that you are doing right now because you might really love it and appreciate it when you get to Calculus. Calculus I is a time when you can see how important all the previous math is and how it all comes together in Calculus. In Calculus it gets really fun and interesting and you can solve a lot of useful application problems.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I took a Calculus I class this last Spring and I really enjoyed it. I feel like I learned a lot from it! My teacher was absolutely amazing and she made learning calculus fun and interesting.
Course highlights:
I gained a fairly thorough understanding of how you take the derivative of a function and what a function's derivative tells us. I learned how you find the slope of the tangent line at a certain point and, from that, find its equation. The teacher presented to us a lot of rules for finding a derivative that make it far easier to find the derivative, than finding the derivative from its definition. I also learned about using the 1st and 2nd derivatives of a function to make a basic sketch of various functions. In the class, we also went over a lot of very interesting application problems such as related rates, and optimization problems. Over all, I learned how all of the things in that people learn in algebra, pre- calculus and trigonometry come all together in Calculus. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to put all the things that I learned in previous math classes together in Calculus I.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
I would advise students planning on taking a Calculus I class to have a pretty solid understanding of, and feel comfortable with, the math that they've learned in previous math courses. Also, I would say that you have to feel comfortable with algebra and that it's vital in Calculus. Calculus problems simply take a lot of practice and repetition. The teacher stressed a lot on how important repetition is for the problems that we were doing. We really needed to practice, practice, practice! Lastly, I would say to push forward even though you may not like the math that you are doing right now because you might really love it and appreciate it when you get to Calculus. Calculus I is a time when you can see how important all the previous math is and how it all comes together in Calculus. In Calculus it gets really fun and interesting and you can solve a lot of useful application problems.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I took a Calculus I class this last Spring and I really enjoyed it. I feel like I learned a lot from it! My teacher was absolutely amazing and she made learning calculus fun and interesting.
Course highlights:
I gained a fairly thorough understanding of how you take the derivative of a function and what a function's derivative tells us. I learned how you find the slope of the tangent line at a certain point and, from that, find its equation. The teacher presented to us a lot of rules for finding a derivative that make it far easier to find the derivative, than finding the derivative from its definition. I also learned about using the 1st and 2nd derivatives of a function to make a basic sketch of various functions. In the class, we also went over a lot of very interesting application problems such as related rates, and optimization problems. Over all, I learned how all of the things in that people learn in algebra, pre- calculus and trigonometry come all together in Calculus. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to put all the things that I learned in previous math classes together in Calculus I.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
I would advise students planning on taking a Calculus I class to have a pretty solid understanding of, and feel comfortable with, the math that they've learned in previous math courses. Also, I would say that you have to feel comfortable with algebra and that it's vital in Calculus. Calculus problems simply take a lot of practice and repetition. The teacher stressed a lot on how important repetition is for the problems that we were doing. We really needed to practice, practice, practice! Lastly, I would say to push forward even though you may not like the math that you are doing right now because you might really love it and appreciate it when you get to Calculus. Calculus I is a time when you can see how important all the previous math is and how it all comes together in Calculus. In Calculus it gets really fun and interesting and you can solve a lot of useful application problems.