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    Mar 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Unfortunately, Mr. K is now retired at CSU. However, the course itself, I'll be honest. It's hard. But, that's Math. There is no more rewarding a subject than something that is hard and that you can get excited about when you solve one problem. And then can explain it to someone else. That last part is key. If you can teach or explain a problem to someone, you are not only continuing to learn yourself, you are proving that you have begun to understand the material. Calculus is not an easy subject because it involves so many concepts. But, it is one of the most rewarding and fascinating subjects when you "get it". So, if this is your first time or your third time, please don't give up! You can do it!

    Course highlights:

    I learned that Calculus is a difficult subject to master. But, once you can understand what the tools of calculus are and how they're used, you can start understanding how and where they are applied. Some of the instructors that teach this class want you to understand mechanics before concepts in the course. Some people learn well from that. I did not. I found, with the help of others, that I needed to understand the concepts first before the mechanics made sense! No subject is cut and dry, either. Even mathematics. Sure, there's one answer to the problem, but there are probably at least 10 different ways to get there.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't give up. Don't think that just because you don't get something in this class means you should consider taking up something else instead of engineering or physics or any other science. We need more scientists and engineers and physicists! Keep at it. Ask questions (ALWAYS ask questions. No one is going to judge you for it! Johnny in the back probably has the same question, but he is keeping quiet, too). You can't learn if you don't ask questions. Because this subject doesn't just magically start working. You need to ask! And again, don't give up.

    • Fall 2010
    • Klopfenstein
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Nov 02, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was taken as an online class. The professor did an excellent job of lecturing in his easily accessible videos. The material was presented at an accelerated pace due to it being part of a summer course and professor Benoit was always prompt with email responses in regards to help on homework problems or general struggles with material. Homework was assigned through a web program called Webwork and there was enough of it to master the topics without feeling like being bogged down with busy work.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed the online homework system called Webwork. It did have a bit of a learning curve as entering complex equations can become somewhat time consuming and messy. However, once a user gets the feel for the system and how to enter equations in the specific manner Webwork demands, it becomes a helpful tool as it converts sloppy things like: sqrt((2+x)/(x^5)) into a format that matches how it would be written on paper. In addition, I have used Webwork in later classes and other programs I have used since utilize similar systems for data input. That time to learn the system has certainly paid off. I must also praise the professor for his lecture style and how he organized the online class. It is difficult as an online student to get help on homework or topics that are not fully understood as presented in lecture, but professor Benoit was always prompt in his polite and informative responses. I must also praise the professor for his lecture style and how he organized the online class. It is difficult when

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Calculus is a difficult subject. Some bits of it are intuitive, some become reflexive after extensive use, and some just never seem to click. That being said, learn and understand the unit circle (from trig), memorize and practice the rules for taking derivatives (which will be presented in this class), and get questions answered early. Most topics in this course build on previous material so not understanding a foundational concept can be disasterous.

    • Summer 2016
    • StevenBenoit
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject

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