This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this teacher because he explains the lessons well. Calculus is not an easy course. It's a course you have to study a lot and pay attention in order to understand it.
Course highlights:
Calculus really is information you're going to need to know in the future. It applies to many everyday things and if you're attempting to pursue a professional career this is something you'll have to know how to do.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
PAY ATTENTION!!! Do all of your homework and practice. It's not hard to understand it's just a lot of work to learn but if you really make time to study and practice you will understand it. Also, don't get on your phone. Make sure you participate, you get good things out of that.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Calculus 1 is commonly known as "differential calculus" because you study the derivative, or rate of change of a function. I feel that knowing what this is and how to use it is a very important and relevant to many of the things you do in life. You will also study the fundamental theorem of calculus, which includes anti-derivatives and integrals. Knowing how to calculate the different changes between things like time, force mass length and temperature provides you with the knowledge you need to improve your skills in your desired field. Calculus is a gateway course to careers like engineering, physical scientists, chemists, and many other fields. Many of the majors provided to students require them to take this course, so it must be important for something right?
Course highlights:
Understanding the unit circle and how to use it will be very important in this course. You will also learn about and how to evaluate limits using various techniques. You will study derivatives (how to find them and the rules and theorems associated with them) You will learn antiderivatives/intregrals (how to solve them, what they mean, the fundamental theorem of calculus)
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
As a mathematics major, i have been on the fast-math-track starting at a very young age. In high school i took pre-calculus, AB and BC Calculus. I was not able to skip this course in college, but having essentially taken this course three times by now, it was pretty much a walk in the park. I know everyone is not like me and just loves math with all of their heart, so I will be honest about the course itself. Whether you took it in high school or college, pre-calculus is necessary. It will take a huge load off you trying to learn things "you should already know". If you did not take calculus in high school, this course may be a bit tricky. Most of the things you will be learning take lots of practice before you get the hang of them. But once you've got it, you got it forever. This is not a course anyone should be afraid to take. If you pay attention to the rules, it is not very difficult to move along. If you are required to take this course for you major, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. If you aren't, it is still a good course to take as it will most definitely teach you necessary skills you will need as you go up in math.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I wouldn't recommend this course because the way she teaches is too fast and she teaches too many things in one sitting. I understand that there is a very limited time in the semester, however I feel that the course should be more thorough and explained in great detail more.
Course highlights:
The highlights were that the website she used, which was webassign, is a great website because it provides online helping software and it provides e-books with the purchase of the course. The classmates were also a great aid in the learning process. I learned the simple concepts like derivatives, limits, and derivative tests. The complicated subjects took some time to get master and I used the internet as a resource if I ever got stuck on a certain part.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
I strongly recommend reading the course-assigned book BEFORE discussing the subject in class. It will help give you an idea and a premise as to how to do the subject and it will help prepare you for her tests. I also strongly advise seeing a tutor every chance you get if you do not understand something. Also, be sure to study on a daily basis and remember the material.