Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend MATH 110A, Calculus I, only if you are fully prepared for it. Rather than take Pre-Calculus during my senior year of high school, I was skipped from Algebra II to Calculus AB and felt as if I did not understand the material very well. I am not even sure if I did an exemplary job on the final exam for my college-level Calculus I class. However, I have earned a lot of good grades on many of the smaller exams and quizzes for Calculus I, so I was somewhat ready for college-level math.
Course highlights:
I enjoyed this course because math is one of my favorite subjects. Since I took a Calculus AB course in high school, I easily grasped the concepts of trigonometric functions and derivatives and refreshed my memory concerning antiderivatives and integrals. I especially enjoyed taking the integrals of functions, considering they mostly involve antiderivatives and areas.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
If you are planning to take this course, I would go beyond doing the assigned homework problems. I would take advantage of your professor’s office hours and practice problems in your textbook so you can better understand the material.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
It was quite hard to understand the teacher because of his heavy accent. However, this class was overall well-taught. It was easy to follow what the professor was saying because it was easily referred back to the text.
Course highlights:
The highlight of this course was that we, as a class, were able to learn the material very quickly. Because it was a summer course, it was very packed, but the professor made the curriculum easy to understand in a quick manner.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
The homework should be done, although it is not graded. There is quite a bit of homework, but it really helps to do the work when studying for the exams.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I recommend this course because it is highly engaging, and Ms. Peterkofsky is a very thorough teacher. She takes time to help students by answering their questions, demonstrating problems in class that students have trouble on, and by making quizzes fairly easy. The class lectures are well-organized and explained, which helps us to do the homework with as much independence as possible.
Course highlights:
The highlights of the course are that I learned how to calculate derivatives and anti-derivatives of calculus functions, how to derive sine and cosine functions, and how to apply derivative and anti-derivative formulas to real-world examples through word problems involving geometry and/or trigonometry as well.
Hours per week:
0-2 hours
Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course, you should have good independent study skills and good computational skills. You also should be willing to participate in class, since examples of the homework and quiz problems are covered often.