This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Unless this course is required for your major, you'll find it rigorous (Prof. H is great).
Course highlights:
This class will teach how to be disciplined and work hard every day. Be willing to spend hours doing the same math over and over until you master a subject. Prof. H is also really good; he's friendly and serious about making sure he understands his students and they understand him.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Doing well means hours of daily effort, focusing on mastering the material as it's being presented. Don't wait until before exams; make sure you understand each subject before moving on to the next.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class is difficult, and it requires quite a lot of work. Integration is for sure serious business, and quite a bit more complicated than differentiation, but it is a rewarding experience. Now, my professor, Dr. Everest, was absolutely phenomenal, and I have a strong appreciation for Calculus, so I cannot guarantee that your experience will be the same as mine, but, honestly, while Pitt treats this class as a weed-out course for a vast majority of majors, if you're willing to work, you will come out learning a lot, and perhaps even having a stronger appreciation for Calculus than you did. Integration has its applications in the real world, especially in Physics and industry, and, at least in my section, we explored the different applications of the material so that it didn't seem like some arbitrary math process with no relevance in society. Now, the class is non-calculator, so you really need to know your stuff, but if you're willing to put time into this class, the reward is incredible.
Course highlights:
This class taught me the ins and outs of two-dimensional integration, vectors in both 2D and 3D planes, infinite sequences and series, and the basics of differential equations. The highlights of this course, at least, for me, came in the applications of the material. Sure, knowing how to calculate a volume of revolution is all fine and good, but hearing how it applies in the real world and how Coca-Cola Inc. is able to calculate the volume of their unique soda bottles to make sure that the unique shape still contains the proper amount of soda is fascinating to me. Seeing why we use integration to calculate accumulated change or seeing how differential equations apply logistically to the carrying capacity of an ecosystem is incredibly interesting. This material all seems arbitrary at first, but it all makes sense in the end.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Work hard. This class may require you to put off watching the latest episode of "The Walking Dead," or binge-watch a show after the semester has passed because your professor holds office hours during that show's airtime, but it's worth it. If you work at it, you'll get that A. The exams are difficult, but fair, and the final exam and grade are both curved, so if you work hard and beat the average, you'll be very heavily rewarded. A "C's get degrees" mentality won't get you far in this class, I promise you that.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course was a challenge and should not be taken lightly. Dr. Wheeler would push the class and make the quizzes and tests harder than any of the other sections. This made the semester difficult but the final was then easier because we were better prepared. Dr. Wheeler is also very fair and available for help if you need it.
Course highlights:
This course was a prerequisite for my major at the time. However, it helped me learn how to study and manage my time. It takes a lot of work to do well in the course and a lot of hours outside of the classroom.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Do the extra work from the beginning! It is not required work but it will help you understand what is happening in the class and be able to succeed. It will also highlight any areas where you have questions so you can ask the professor to clarify.