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    Aug 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Calculus 2 can be deemed the hardest of the calculus series to take. That being said, Professor Schutte does an incredible job of explaining the subject in a manner that makes the most complex ideas seem intuitive. Don't get me wrong, it still takes a lot of time and effort to be successful in this class, and you will want to put in that time. On the more positive side of things, Schutte has a very good sense of humor and makes calculus be the class that you actually look forward to. Highly recommended!

    Course highlights:

    Calculus 2 extends out a little further than what you learn in MATH 400, taking the rules of differentiation and working with their reversed operation: integrals. If you were to speak of what an integral means in its most basic sense, it would be to speak of summation, and summing up infinitely small values. The reason that it can be said to be the reversed operation of a derivative is that, in terms of rates of change, integrals move in the opposite direction. For example, we know that velocity is the time derivative of a position function, and acceleration is the time derivative of a velocity function. When you integrate on the other hand, let's say an acceleration function, you would obtain the velocity function for that given object. A lot more will be done with the summation sense of integrals as well, such as finding the area underneath (and above) a curve, finding the area of a 3-dimensional object, arc lengths, and applying this form of calculus to physics and engineering principles. One of the more difficult sections for students occurs in the latter half of the semester when the concept of series is introduced.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    My best advice for this course is to come into it with a very strong sense of algebra and trigonometry. A lot of people don't have an extremely hard time understanding the rules of calculus but, if their foundation of algebra is weak, pushing forward into the more complex sections in which have very long problems will be extremely tough. Always review the last class you took prior to starting. There will be a lot of situations where it is best to sit back and look at the pig picture and concept of what you will be trying to achieve and having spacial, algebraic, and trigonometric awareness will be of huge benefit. There are great sources online that can aid you, such as KhanAcademy, that can be helpful when concepts don't quite click. Sometimes setting up integration formulas in the applications section can be the hardest thing to do. Understanding the basic concept before rushing through the math is a long term investment. Patience is a virtue!

    • Spring 2017
    • Matt Schutte
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Competitive Classmates
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    May 18, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    He hands out note at the start of every class and is very generous on schedule and test pacing

    Course highlights:

    Focuses heavily on integrals and derivatives and etc

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study your trig, your integrals, and your derivatives

    • Spring 2017
    • jonathansegal
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Dec 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Extremely helpful teacher, I found explanations clear and he tailors part of each class to every ones majors.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot of math, his instructions were, to me, very clear and helpful.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Use graph paper for notes, and study your trig.

    • Winter 2016
    • Rosenberger
    • Math-heavy A Few Big Assignments

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