This class was tough.
Course Overview:
For some majors, such as mine, it is required. Unfortunately, what could have been an interesting math course is actually a weed out course for math majors. This makes it very difficult, and you should be prepared to put in work if you want to do well.
Course highlights:
I gained a strong understanding of anti-derivatives, as well as integration and other calculus concepts. this is interesting, because it allows us to calculate area under curves with excellent precision, and is what helps to make space travel possible.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Make sure you are aware of tutoring options that your school provides. Don't be afraid to use a computer or your teacher or any other resource for your success. Its a difficult class and people understand that!
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
If the degree you have chosen requires this class or higher there are a few things you should know. Unless you are a math nerd, like I am, I wouldn't take this class just for the fun of it or as an elective. Never, I repeat, never take a math or science class online unless you have to; scratch that last bit, never take a math or science class online. Calculus I was the math class I, regrettably, took online. I had 8 hours a week "in class" time, which was reading the book and looking up videos, and 30 hours a week homework. Calculus II I took on campus and I had a womping 6 hours of class time and 4 hours a week of homework. Unless your IQ is over 160 or you are board and want a full time job doing Mymathlab homework and quizzes do not do online math or science classes.
Course highlights:
This class was an eye opener to, what I considered, applied mathematics. Pre-trig was basically memorizing a bunch of stuff I didn't really understand and was generally boring. Pre-calc basically reminded me how much of algebra I had forgotten and strengthened my memory about Domains and Ranges, something important and will be used a lot, but was generally uninteresting. Calc I is where it gets interesting. I'm going to use some terms that will grow on you as the class progresses but the idea is what I want to let you know about. Limits are confusing and uninteresting at first but learn it, pay attention, and make good notes because they get cool in calc II. Domain, range, local max, local min, and horizontal and vertical asymptotes are crammed into a short period of time so don't become overwhelmed. They all are just lines on a graph so stand back and try your best to picture what each of these tests do; if you cant picture it ask the teacher to drawl it out for you. What I understand about these chapters is that they will be brought back in differential equations/ calc IV for approximate graphing techniques. The last part of the class is Derivatives. Derivatives are fun and you can apply them to real life situations. They are easier then other things you will learn but tricky to apply sometimes. The biggest problem I had was computation errors.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Take good notes. Sit on the front row. Ask the teacher questions. If you need more advanced math classes make sure you fully understand this class. This is the class that has a chapter heading called "The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus." If you don't get an A or a B in this class you wont get an A or a B in calc II.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course is a requirement for some majors.
Course highlights:
This course was very challenging and required critical thinking and lots of work.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Study hard, ask questions, getting tutoring if necessary.