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MATH 180 Precalculus

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    bet, JillEvensizer, Math, akhavan, Arkadiy sheynshteyn, Geogervich, MichaelBateman, RICHARD WONG
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    Math-heavy

    Background Knowledge Expected

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Nov 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class as it is the prerequisite to most following classes such as the calculus series. I strongly suggest this course for aspiring engineers, doctors, careers in the medical field, or any math and science majors.

    Course highlights:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the interactive work with peers in the classroom setting. It was not just learning a subject, but being brought into a new world, understanding a whole new concept, and knowing this course will benefit me in my future endeavors.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    For those considering this course, I suggest you have a strong background in mathematics, or a strong will to learn about this subject. This is somewhat of a higher level class but just an introductory course to the calculus series. You must really be into the calculus based learning in order to really justify taking this course.

    • Fall 2017
    • RICHARD WONG
    • Yes
    • Group Projects Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Oct 30, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course because the teacher knows how to teach very well. He doe it in a way that not many do, he goes very in depth during the lectures and never moves on unless everyone understand the topic.

    Course highlights:

    I was able to understand many topics that, in the past, I was not able to grasp mentally. Now, I am able to get concepts much easier. Also, I took Pre-Calculus during high school, and was able to apply some prior knowledge to my advantage on tests.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Studying is an overlooked word nowadays. It is the key to passing classes and tests. I am not a very good test taker, but am steadily improving because I know how different tests can look, what to expect, and how hours and hours of studying pays off in the end.

    • Fall 2017
    • MichaelBateman
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Aug 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Bateman is one of those rare professors that has both a passion for the subject he teaches and the ability to convey the concepts his students need to know clearly and effectively. He also readily invites questions, so if you don't know or don't understand, then, in the professor's own words: "Say something."

    Course highlights:

    Writing proofs. The problems you will be asked to solve will frequently demand you dig yourself out of logical ruts you may not have even realized you've dug yourself into, and it's an immensely intellectually liberating feeling to know you've blazed new neural pathways for problem solving.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    First and foremost: if you do not have a solid grasp of trigonometry, do not take this class. Take trig first. Put the extra time in to ensure you really understand your trigonometric functions. Know what they are, what they do, how and when to use them, and be equally thorough in cultivating your understanding of their inverses. Trig is fundamental to calculus, and you will have a much easier time on the exams if you know it. Second: don't skip lectures, don't neglect homework. This is not an easy A, nor is it even an easy C. Whatever grade you get, you will have worked for. If you show up, take thorough notes, and do as many of, if not all of, the homework problems you are assigned, you will be fine. If you don't, you will not be fine. Third: Collaborate. Work with your fellow students. Some of the homework handouts do not have answer keys. This is to encourage you to compare answers with your fellow students. Study groups are a powerful tool. One of your classmates may catch an error you didn't even realize you were making (I know this from experience). Use them. Fourth: Self-motivate. The homework isn't graded. You don't even have to do it. Only the exams count towards your final score. But do it. The more homework you do, the better prepared you will be for the exams, as these tests often throw curveballs that you won't be prepared for unless you've done enough of the homework to encounter them.

    • Summer 2017
    • MichaelBateman
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading

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