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    Math-heavy

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    Lots of Writing

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    Feb 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course with this professor because it is very organized. From the beginning you will know what you will learn and by what date do you need to learn each topic.

    Course highlights:

    This class was very interesting to me because we learned how to find the limit of curves and where a function will end at an extremely high number. For example we learned when, how far, and how fast to launch a space shuttle to land on a certain spot on the moon while it orbits earth.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO YOUR HOMEWORK! You will get left behind if you don not stay on top of you game. Each section of a chapter gets covered in this class and you will need to study all of them.

    • Spring 2017
    • Brenton Webber
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing
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    Jan 12, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Brubaker has a positive demeanor when lecturing that put students at ease when sitting in class listening. His workload for the course is fair and optional, as homework assigned was never intended to be collected and graded and was only assigned for the benefits of students to practice. His exams are a bit on the easy side and does not truly prepare you to do the more challenging problems, but the most vital part of the course is understanding the concepts and theorems and how they are applied rather than solving problems off of textbooks.

    Course highlights:

    Primarily, I learned more about the abstract ideas of Calculus behind solving problems rather than exclusively solving problems itself. In class, we didn't go over much examples, but we did place strong emphasis on proofs and rationales behind why theorems and concepts work and apply the way they do. As stated, there were a lot abstractions than there were pragmatic applications, therefore I didn't learn too much on solving optimisation problems or how Calculus are applied to real world scenarios. But after learning it from Brubaker, it was easy to see how it is applied to the real world anyway, so that wasn't too much of an issue.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure you know your prerequistes before heading into this course, as this course is a contiunation of Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Preliminary Algebra, and Arithmetic. Thus, there will be stuff that you will see in the course that will prompt you to relate back what you've learned in previous courses, and if you cannot recall back what you've learned, then struggles will bound to transpire. Calculus and its concepts and ideas are easy to understand, it is doing the Algebra in Calculus that is difficult.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jere C. Brubaker
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected
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    Aug 15, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    the teacher decides what will be covered sporadically, he refuses to use a textbook, and he does not teach in a way that the study center can help with. there were no assignments and no way besides the final to know how much you knew.

    Course highlights:

    i did not learn anything from this teacher, however i did learn a few things from a MOOC.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    try to take it with a different teacher, this one is not worth the aggravation

    • Spring 2016
    • reid
    • Math-heavy


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