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    Aug 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    21-120 is excellent for any student enrolled in the university. The course teaches you calculus concepts that prepare you for later in college math. The course teaches you basic calculus concepts ranging from Limits, L'Hopital's Rule, and Derivatives to Riemann Sums, Integrals, and even hyperbolic functions. Furthermore, a lot of the calculus concepts are needed in majors that involve Engineering, Science, or even Business. This class is a must-take, mostly because it is a requirement for many students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon, but also teaches you calculus so well.

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    One of this course came from the enrichment questions that the teacher would place at the beginning of class for students. Often these enrichment questions showed how a calculus concept was derived using past knowledge from my High School classes such as Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus. It was very interesting to see all the dots being connected when seeing how the derivative of the sin function came to be, or how integrals work. On a more fun note, on test review days, one student decided to bring french toast and orange juice into class for everyone to enjoy. This was another very enjoyable highlight of the class.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    See your professor in his office hours. The course is a 10 unit course, so it is pretty difficult. You will need help, so see your professor. He will like you more if you see him. Do the challenge problems too. They help you master the calculus skills that the professor teaches. In addition, make sure you work on assignments days before they are due. You will have to do a lot of problems, and correctness counts towards your grade. You

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