This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course lays the foundation for calculus and has really important real-world applications. For example, the derivative of a position function is the velocity function, the derivative of which is the acceleration function. Optimization is another cool application of the skills you learn in calculus. These skills have wide-ranging applications. Calculus is certainly challenging, but it's worth it for people who are willing to work to master it.
Course highlights:
The highlights of this course was the many real-world applications of the skills we learned. The main two skills are differentiation and integration, which are reciprocal functions that "undo" each other, a relationship similar to that of multiplication and division.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Do as many different problems as you can, even more than is assigned. The more practice, the better. The professor will teach you the skills you need to work out a type of problem, but there are so many different sub-types of problems that the professor cannot show you all the different ways a problem can show up. Your best bet is to get comfortable with as many different types of problems as possible. There are some that have certain tricks to them so don't be afraid to get help from your professor, TA, tutor, classmates, the Internet, etc.