This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course is fundamental for the majority of high level science courses you will take throughout your time at New Mexico Tech. You will learn the building blocks of calculus and gain an understanding of how to apply them to various situations. This class will definitely require time and hard work if you are not mathematically savvy. However, it is well worth it to ensure your success in your future coursework.
Course highlights:
For me, there were two highlights of this course. The first would have to be the instructor. Dr. Ballou is one of the most dedicated instructors I have ever had. She genuinely wants to see her students thrive at mathematics and works hard to take the steps needed to help them succeed. She is very approachable with questions and never makes you feel dumb or silly. She also has some of the most extensive office hours of any professor. While there is a tutoring center specifically for math as well as the tutoring center on campus, I would recommend attending Dr. Ballou's office hours for help. You will not only gain a better understanding of the material, but you will also get a feel for how she teaches which will be of great help as you go through her course. The second highlight for me is that it is very intriguing to see how calculus applies to various situations. It is also very helpful because you get a glimpse of how you will use calculus in future courses.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
You have to take it since it is core curriculum at NMT. However, don't think of it as a chore. Try to have fun with the class. Also, DO NOT slack off in this class. If you fall behind in the beginning it will be nearly impossible to catch up since it all builds on each other. Be dedicated to this class because you will need it in the future.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend taking this course with Dr. Ballou because she is a very thorough professor and is always willing to answer student questions and help with any problems you have!
Course highlights:
From this course, I learned the basics of calculus: limits, derivatives, and the applications of both.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Since Calc I is required for all students, you need to make sure that you have the best professor. Dr. Ballou is the best because she is a fabulous professor, and she currently oversees all of the Calc classes, which gives you an advantage on knowing the material for the final exam.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The professor really went above and beyond to allow any students with questions the help necessary to understand the content.
Course highlights:
I learned exactly what amount of studying would be necessary to succeed further along in my courses. I had already taken this course before in high school however, so there was not much new content for myself
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Definitely put in as much time in the class as you need to, this class is the basis for all future classes in the engineering field, and if you haven't got a concept down from this Calc 1 you should take as much time as you need to get it down, because it will show up again later, and will most likely be even harder later rather than sooner