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This class was tough.
First off, UD has a math department that isn't the best. I would say if you're very good at math take this class. If you question your skills I would recommend to take it at a community college and don't risk hurting your GPA. The class is composed of lectures, labs, homework, and exams. The lectures are pretty bland with the what is taught could be better understood through just reading the textbook. The professor is hard to hear since he is soft-spoken but he is a very nice guy who is always available to help you in private. For all though this is not enough. Attendance is not mandatory but he often hands out worksheets that are very helpful and usually are the same type of questions that are on the exams. The labs are easy for the most part and they are around 15 percent of your grade. They can really make or break a grade so try as hard as you can. The TA is there to help you and teamwork is always encouraged during these labs so never hesitate to ask someone else for help. The homework is around 10 percent of the class grade and this is also very integral to your success. Not only does it work into your overall grade but it can help you understand the topics more or even completely. Just watch out for the instructor created questions which usually give people problems. The average time you'll spend on each individual homework assignment is probably around 60 to 90 minutes. Some will take as short as 20 minutes and some will take days. Lastly, there are the exams. They are where most people fail. They are written very difficult and require you to be VERY specific with signs and calculations. One wrong use can lose you most points on an open ended question. He will provide practice exams and it is important you use these as well as the sheets given in class. Study groups and any help possible is a smart move since the in class explanations are not always the best. The final exam is cumulative and will be a little heavier on the material you most recently learned. Overall, avoid this class unless you trust your math abilities.
The highlights are labs since they're easy and you get to form friends and people who you can work with in the future. I learned only a few statistics concepts at most and the rest was not really learned as more just remembered for the homework and exams.
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Tutors, attendance, good notes, reading your textbook, and doing well on labs and homework is the best way to come out successful in this class.