This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Take this class if you really enjoy a challenge. Tough professor, tough grader, and tough tests. Honestly, nothing about this class is easy. You cannot miss any lectures; work adds up quick.
Course highlights:
I learned to review the professor on ratemyprofessor before signing up for any class.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
It's hard, really hard. Take it if you already have a background in calc. And even then, you have to study and work really hard.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I highly recommend this course due to a few reasons. Although higher math may not seem very useful in non-STEM majors, it has to be one of the most significant skills that applies to almost anywhere in life. Calculus is an adventure through a very high level of problem solving. This level of logical reasoning is a rarity, and it is in very high demand in the market place. Solving math problems apply to solving almost any problem in life whether it's finding and predicting the rate of change in profits for business, or even calculating how many calories we will burn. I entered calculus fearing the difficulty, but I have found studying the language of the universe has to be among the most intriguing topics I've ever explored.
Course highlights:
The first two weeks of calculus was a bit intimidating to me. This had been from the brisk review of many algebraic and trigonometric concepts that I had simply forgotten over summer break. The first month and a half was increasingly difficult for me due to having to use the longest method to derive equations and then simplifying the complex result. This is why it's important to be proficient in basic mathematical skills, because simplifying is the half of it. After the first month and a half, the calculus had become much easier to understand, and we learned much faster, easier, and more proficient methods to derive equations. Although the problems become more complex, the calculus really does become easier, but forgetting the basic concepts causes most mistakes.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
I would suggest to future students that they familiarize themselves with many of the mathematical concepts they've learned prior to this course. The worst culprit of most mistakes seems to be forgetting algebraic and trigonometric concepts. Even though most students may be somewhat experienced with these concepts, proficiency in these become very important when simplifying very complex results. Also I would suggest for many of those who find themselves struggling or even questioning their capabilities in the first month or two of this course, simply keep pushing on. Even though it all doesn't make sense right away, it really does get better and become easier. Make sure there's at least a few hours or so every other day to focus on mastering practice problems in this course, because there is not a whole lot of time to be slow on the exams. I started this course a bit afraid of not knowing if I have it in me, but after much effort I truly enjoy learning calculus.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The homework left me extremely well prepared for the tests. Also the teacher offers a lot of extra credit so it's easy to get an A even if you bomb one test.
Course highlights:
This course is a thorough grounding in the details and techniques for differentiation as well as the basics of integration.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Do all the homework and stay caught up with the lecture.