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    Oct 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    There is an application of calculus in almost all quantitative fields of study. If one is new to calculus or needs a review, this is the course (it applies two-dimensions).

    Course highlights:

    The course does well in explaining the rationale and concepts behind a theorem. It is great to see that I understand differentiation and relating variables in order to solve problems.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The ebook source explains concepts so well;however, if help is still needed then ask the professor or teacher assistant. Have a study group to discuss small details that you might have missed or do not understand as you complete assignments.

    • Fall 2016
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    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Aug 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Calculus 1, for most students, is a requirement for their major, so you'll most likely need to take it. I had Yatskar spring semester of 2016 and he is a very enthusiastic and helpful professor. I would recommend taking his course, if you can.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the collaborative assignments during math discussion. They were really helpful in understanding difficult concepts that you might not understand, but others might be able to help you.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to lectures, the professor explains really well. Also, go to office hours if you have difficulty understanding something or have a question

    • Spring 2016
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    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Participation Counts
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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Calculus 1 is different from ap calculus in a sense because in high school, all of the topics are merged together so it's much harder to study it. However, in college, calculus is a bit more narrow(focused more on what the professors feel is necessary for STEM majors). During this course, I was taught what I learned back in high school, but the cool part was talking to the professor about the applications of the course. I remember at one point in his lecture, he taught and explained to us how kinematic equations for physic were made which was interesting and I never knew both math and physics go hand and hand.

    Course highlights:

    As I mentioned in my previous statement, I was taught how the kinematic equations were made(separation of variables) but also I was taught how equations of shapes came to be. Back in high school, I taken both geometry and algebra 2 I always wonder how we came up with simple area or volume formulas. I learned that this is found through integration(since integration is the concept of finding an area under the curve). The concept which I found interesting because such simple equations are made with complicated concepts but with simple explanation.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    For those who will take calculus 1 or even other calculus courses, I recommend to look for crash course books online(paul notes or calculus for dummies) to see what the topics are going to be taught during the semester/quarter. These books definitely do help you get your mind ready and prepared and you can definitely self study as one of the best ways to learn for me was to learn by myself since I felt that learning from other people sometimes doesn't help me since I'm not really learning(messing around or sometime people just can't explain it well enough). Another thing is to go to office hours, the professor for me didn't explain well during lecture(due to the time constraint and a large classroom hinders him from being able to help everyone), but during his office hours his explanations were the best. There were things we've talked about even though it doesn't pertain to calculus 1, it pertain to my major which helped interest me.

    • Fall 2014
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