This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class will change the way you look at Calculus for the better. In this class, the "math" part (meaning memorizing complicated formulas) become overshadowed by things that are more important such as how making the simplest probability error can falsely incarcerate the innocent and even lead to their death. In this class, you will be able to see the importance of Calculus-- important, meaning its significant influence in our everyday life.
Course highlights:
The final presentations were one of the highlights of this course. Students were able to get into groups of 5-8 members and present something that pertained to what we'd learned throughout the course. Topics include, but not limited to: Probability, differential equations, eigenvectors and eigenvalues. What I liked about the presentations was that, they were all applications. In other words, students didn't just talk about the topics, they showed how they can be applied to "real life". Another highlight was the teacher-student interactions in the classroom. This class differs from other classes I've taken before because there is a lot of discussion. Students are encouraged to write on the board, to share their answers and their logic behind them, and to speak up. This way of teaching is not only very effective because it is so engaging but also surprisingly fun! Also, the occasional Fermi problems will develop critical and creative thinking. An example of a Fermi problem is finding the mass of the Earth using basic knowledge such as the time it takes to travel from California to New York. No Google. Just creative thinking.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Going to the professor's office hours will be a huge help. You can go to the TA's office hours or tutoring but at the end of the day, it is the professor who teaches the material and makes the exams. Go to him, whenever you can. Talk to your classmates! If you are having trouble with a concept, there is a chance they can help just as there is a chance you may be able to help them on something they're struggling with. You never know unless you talk to them. The last advice I can give you is to show up in class and listen well. The tools you will need to do well on the exams are all in the Professor's words and lecture slides.