This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this course because Professor Can provides many opportunities to participate in learning the subject inside the class and during his office hours. The student instructor was also very successful in helping the students understand the subject in a simpler method than in the lecture hall.
Course highlights:
One of the highlights of this course for me was failing my first test and contemplating if college would be too difficult for me. However, this incident taught me that my high school method of studying would not work in a college setting, so I stuck to the course and ended the semester with an 89.3% as my overall score. Throughout the year I was able to learn limits to infinity, derivatives, graphing limits, and integrals which I was able to apply to my physics class to make calculations for work by finding the area under a force vs time graph.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Calculus I is not a course in which you can skip the class all semester and only arrive for the final. It takes practice to understand the material and the professor will always try to help you understand but only if you are willing to ask questions. If you are able, take Calculus in high school as a method of getting a "head start" in understanding the subject.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The material is hard if you have never been exposed to calculus, and the professor is not generous with partial credit.
Course highlights:
This class was useful in introducing students to the rigors of college level mathematics. I learned how to teach myself when I realized that my Professor was not as invested as I was.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
If you struggle with calculus, look into consolidated calculus.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The class was very challenging, but it is definitely worthwhile. Even though I had taken Calculus in high school, I still found myself being challenged in class. Nothing was impossible, but we had to think deeply and gain true understanding. This got strenuous at times, because Klaff required us to provide written rationales for every step we took, but it certainly allowed me to understand rather than just do well on an exam.
Course highlights:
I learned how to communicate my reasoning and my thoughts on a structured manner that other people could understand, which is very hard in math, since it is so abstract.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Don't ignore the basics. You will need to understand the simple things well, and you will find that the emphasis of the class is in that, because moving on that's what people tend to forget.