Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
This teacher had a very difficult schedule to follow, and he was always changing things last minute.
Course highlights:
I really liked learning the new math concepts and starting with derivatives.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Make sure that you are always caught up with the assignments. Even if they seem like they are small and don't really matter, at the end of the semester, you want ever single point that you can get.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Amazing teacher great examples.
Course highlights:
I learned the basics of Calculus such as derivation and integration
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Take it! it will be the best decision of your semester.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course was administered entirely online, including test reviews and office hours. This course covered all the relevant concepts of Differential Calculus. The materials provided consisted of videos created by the instructor, as well as links to excellent third-party calculus material. The course placed a big emphasis on being able to use calculus in real-life situations by assigning a story problem to be answered using all the skills learned within the relevant module - for instance, determining the rate a pollutant is diluted in a lake over time as a function of water flow into the lake. This story problem required use of the concept of continuity, as well as familiar with exponential functions.
Course highlights:
A big takeaway from this course for me was the fact that calculus has not changed at all over several hundred years, so one can pick up a cheap textbook and learn about it on their own if they felt so inclined. In fact, our course did not require us to buy an expensive textbook, because we had the option of exclusively making use of Open Source calculus textbooks, which I did - saving myself more than $250 dollars in the process. I also had a bigger appreciation for the use of calculus in everyday life. A common complaint students have about math is that they "will never use this in real life." This course made me learn that this is an incorrect conclusion, because the vast majority of students taking calculus will either use it themselves for work, or are benefiting from someone else using calculus to improve their everyday lives.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
If you wish to take calculus online, you absolutely MUST read the textbooks included. Simply watching videos demonstrating the problem solving techniques is NOT ENOUGH to understand the concept behind the procedure. You must also be self-motivated and cannot allow yourself very much procrastination, because it is easy to fall behind and extremely difficult to catch up. At the same time, if you are a perfectionist hellbent on scoring every point possible, you're going to have to learn that this is not practical with graded homework and assignments. Your brain will be fried really quick, and you must use your time wisely. It's much more important to make your best effort and turn in assignments in a timely fashion, allowing yourself ample time to review for midterms. Midterms are the bulk of your grade, so focus your attention on reviewing the material instead of earning every point on the homework.