Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Dr. Derado uses a different style of instruction because his goal is for his students to actually learn the material. I appreciated the hands on approach and peer interaction as it enhanced my learning thus increasing my comprehension and understanding.
Course highlights:
Rather than lecturing, we were required to be active participants in the learning process. We worked in groups, supporting one another and did individual presentations of our work to demonstrate our level of understanding.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
As Calculus II is the application of Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus I it is imperative that you apply yourself to studying the material on a consistent basis because it requires the retention of an extensive amount of information such as definitions and formulas.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class is difficult even if you are good at math. There has to be a lot of determination and self-control to do well in this class. Homework is definitely a must but there needs to be more practice done than just homework.
Course highlights:
I learned that there are people who will do anything to get the grade that they need in this course and I mean anything. One example would be staying in the math lab all day long.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Make sure that you have enough time to study a bunch of math problems out of class and be willing to spend all your time in the math lab.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Dr. Noring was pivotal in helping me understand calculus! In Calc II, we go far more in-depth about the antiderivative, or the integral. We learned the complexity of math, particularly how much of it was material from other mathematical disciplines, like trigonometry, algebra, and calculus I. Being methodical and doggedly persistent were 2 traits i quickly picked up when taking the course. Calculus was one of those courses that started on Day 1 and took us all on a long and fundamentally interesting journey to the end. I learned the value of sharing knowledge and insights with my other classmates, something I had not given much value of before. Looking back, I definitely would not have done well in calculus without them! I wish we all knew how much fundamental math was required to be successful in calc II. The level of algebra required to solve calculus problems was dizzying at times, because I hadn't brushed up my algebra skills as much. It definitely helped to work on problems with others and get help from my school's tutoring center as much as I could. It deepened my understanding of how calculus works and WHY we use certain techniques for certain problems.
Course highlights:
This class strengthened my ability to solve complex problems in confusing situations, by testing me over and over again to find solutions in scenarios I did not understand, using only the techniques I learned in class as a guide. And we even had some real life applications of calculus too! It's very interesting to know for an engineering major like me!
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
As my engineering professor told me: "The best engineering students work meticulously." He told me this long after I took calc II, but it rang true throughout the semester. If you want to succeed in calculus, be meticulous! Work on problems over and over until you break through them. Never hesitate to ask others for help, observing their point of view only deepens your own.