Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
This is Finite mathematics so most people depending on your major are required to take this form of mathematics. As a result, I'm not sure if people voluntarily take this course. I do feel like it is a course you want to take early in your college career to get it out of the way and to also understand what college work is like. I would recommend to those who have to take it but if it isn't required then I would suggest taking it if you want to develop a more logical approach to solving problems.
Course highlights:
The course has quite a bit of material. We were able to cover 6 chapters of the book within one semester. Much of the course discussed probabilities. Within that large category, it was broken down into several smaller categories such as conditional probability, tree diagrams, Bernoulli trials, and permutations and combinations to name a few. Another large topic we discussed was matrix mathematics. This include understanding how to add, subtract and multiply matrices, in sewing matrices and what that means, row reducing to solve linear equations, and economic production matrices to name a few. The last thing we discussed were Markov chains which predicted the probability of something happening based on what state it is from.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Finite is notorious for being a challenging course for incoming college students. Since so many people have to take it, I would recommend making a friend or making multiple friends so you can work with others to further help you understand the course work. Also, IU offers several free study sessions on certain days and office hours for many different mathematics professors if yours has hours that you can't make. You might have to put in extra work outside of class, but with the right resources you can get more help others around you. You will have to do the homework assignments to understand the kind of problems the tests and quizzes will use. The more practice problems you do, the better understanding you'll have about the course material. As well, I would recommend going to class. Although attendance is not mandatory, this is the only way your professor can teach you how to do the math. Take nice clean notes. Math can get a little messy. You don't want to confuse yourself even more by not being able to read your own handwriting.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this course, just because of my professor. He has made finite more understandable for me. His use of models and other graphics to display it and make it simple to understand have really enhanced my ability to understand it.
Course highlights:
I have learned things I have never known there were to learn. Any probabilities, problems, or anything to deal with matrices I am very proficient.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Only take this course if you are ready for the intense workload, this is not a course you are able to glide through.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
From the moment I stepped foot on campus I heard horror stories about Finite. I, being from Minnesota, had never even heard of this math class. I was extremely nervous for it. A few weeks in I heard my peers talking about their professors and how they hated the class. I did not feel this way, my professor was amazing. Dr. Su goes through many examples in-class and offers many office hours to get help. I found myself to actually enjoy Finite, all because of Dr. Su.
Course highlights:
Probability, matrices and system of equations! I took AP Statistics in high school and felt lost the whole year. In M118, the way it was laid out made it easy for me to understand the concepts. Each chapter was an addition to the one before. By the end you realize how they all connect.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Be committed. It's important to do the assignments and go to class. But mostly, going to class, because that is where you can see how to solve the problems in-action.