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    Background Knowledge Expected

    Math-heavy

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Jul 08, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Although it is a very difficult course, it really pushed my limits as a student and forced me to work harder. Normally math comes fairly easy to me, but this class urged me to slow down and put more time and effort into solving the problems necessary.

    Course highlights:

    Since the class was a gradual building of skills, I learned how to work through complex functions, inverse exponentials, converting between rads and degrees, and multipart functions, as well as the basic skills of dissecting and analyzing a word problem.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Working with other students is a huge help, and taking time to work on homework with no distractions is vital.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dyer
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected
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    Jun 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This was probably the most challenging math class that I have ever taken. In fact, at the beginning of the quarter, the professor advised less-motivated students against taking the class, simply because there was so much material to cover in such a short amount of time. However, the information covered was very helpful, because it provides a baseline for any kind of math class that may need to be taken at a later time. Precalculus covers an immense amount of material, ranging from the graph of a line to the unit circle, and the six different trigonometric functions related to it. Know the material, and be confident in your abilities as a student, and you will succeed.

    Course highlights:

    I learned not only the math concepts covered in the textbook, but I also learned how to become a better student. I began to realize that if I wanted to be successful in this class (or any other class, for that matter), I would have to fully devote myself to each and every class, and put for every ounce of effort that I possibly could. This was definitely a tough class, but I enjoyed every minute of it! I also learned that if I needed help in one area of the material, chances were that other people were struggling with the same things. In the same way, I also realized that if I understood something, I could use that to help my fellow classmates if they were still struggling. Another highlight of this class was the professor herself! She is a very enthusiastic person, and always tried to liven the mood by making math fun, and encouraging students to ask questions. She created an environment of learning, which is not as common for most professors.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study, study, study! Make friends in this class, and find people that you can study with. Remember that there is always strength in numbers! I met with a classmate at least once a week, and went over homework assignments, as well as extra credit opportunities and study guides for each exam we took. Had it not been for this person, I definitely would not have received a 4.0 in the class.

    • Spring 2016
    • Olga Shatunova
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    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject


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