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MATH 251

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    hoffman, Ramroth, Michael Hoffman
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    4.3/5
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    Jul 31, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Great professor, truly interested in calculus.

    Course highlights:

    Pushed myself mentally to practice math in a way I didn't think I could.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you don't fall behind. Stay on top of the workload.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Hoffman
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments
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    Nov 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because not only does the instructor know what he is doing, but he is very friendly. The instructor has office hours so that a student may work through math problems and get questions answered personally. At the same time, there is a tutor who is specifically assigned to this course to offer help. Together, these resources make the course way better, not to mention a good grading scale, which is well-tailored to students.

    Course highlights:

    There weren't too many highlights, other than it being a standard math class. I learned many rules and shortcuts which are the basis for Differential Calculus. I also learned how to apply concepts to real-world situations.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Read, study, and practice! Make sure you read each chapter section carefully as you fill out a reading log – which helps with comprehension. Follow along in class the next day, and write up the homework neatly and thoroughly.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Hoffman
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Aug 19, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    While this course was useful in explaining a lot of the basic concepts in calculus, it often jumped topics, and revisited some strategies and ideas that were never really focused on in the earlier chapters as stepping stones to later ideas. While it was manageable, it wasn't really pleasant, and I would have preferred to have taken a slower paced class which allowed me more time to expand on the foundations before moving on to the real meat of the course.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the most basic building blocks to calculus, derivatives and integrals, and later learned how to use these tools to calculate things like area and volume of unusual shapes, solve word problems which involved variable speeds and several different factors, and applied them to situations on which I needed to find new information from that which was already provided. Word and application problems were critical to the later parts of the course, and presented challenges, sometimes interesting and sometimes just tiring.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest definitely doing any supplemental work you feel you have to do to better grasp the concepts presented by the professor. Just doing the homework was definitely not enough for me, and it was doing extra problems and asking for explanations from my friends which allowed me to pass the class as well as I did.

    • Fall 2015
    • Ramroth
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments

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