Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I recommend this class because the professor is very engaging in lecturing, and the class is pre-requisite for many majors in Engineering, math, applied math, statistics, etc., and taking it would help you discover an interest in mathematical sciences. The test questions were reasonable, and quiz sections were pretty awesome too (my TA held reviews and helped us on homework problems). This course, like any prior math course, takes a lot of time for you to practice. The more time you practice the better you can do on exams.
Course highlights:
The highlights are that, the course uses prior knowledge in math 124 and math 125, and it incorporates geometry in 3 dimensions (that's my favorite thing). You get to learn how to describe curves in mathematical terms, and how to describe their tangent lines using calculus. I have also learned to describe curves in 3-D, such as a spiraling up helix. Overall, the class has opened up a lot of my interest in math, and I ended up taking many more math classes in my sophomore year.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
You will want to ask questions as soon as you feel confused. This course teaches you lots of material, and it might gets a bit overwhelming. You will want to ask questions right after class, go to office hours whenever you can, and be very proactive. I sat through two lectures on the same day just so that I understood the lectures. There is no easy way to learn math, but at the end of the day you might find the course very fun. If you are considering any of the Engineering majors or the math/physical sciences (generally the majority of B.S. degrees), this class is a must-take. If you are not sure if you want to take this class and pursue science-heavy majors, you can sit in and listen for the first week and see if you would like to continue with it. The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) at Mary Gates Hall Commons (open Sun.-Thurs. 7pm-12 am) is a great study place for the class because there are experienced math tutors who can help you for free. Math study center is also a go-to place because they open during the day and at night (you can check their schedule on math department website).
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This professor had poor teaching and English skills, and was very difficult to follow in class.
Course highlights:
For the material itself, Math 126 helped understand 3 dimensional calculus in a way that no other math class at UW does. It starts at the basics, teaching about a three-dimensional coordinate system, and then goes on to teach how to calculate normal vectors and planes, crucial for any math or science major, specifically for engineers looking to go into A A 210 statics, or any other physics class.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Attend all classes, and work through practice problems and midterms throughout the quarter. Consistently review material in order to be prepared for the final.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Professor is very clear about the lessons and homeworks
Course highlights:
I learned how to teamwork with other students
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Always staying on task, be responsible for your due dates