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This introductory calculus course covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, with applications

*Note: Lectures 8, 17, 27, 33 were the exams and therefore have no videos.

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This introductory calculus course covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, with applications

*Note: Lectures 8, 17, 27, 33 were the exams and therefore have no videos.

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4.1 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

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First of all, MIT's OCW is a great resource and these taped lectures are awesome learning tools. I took Advanced Placement Calculus BC in high school and I'm reviewing for placements tests. I've found that this professor is a little bit difficult to follow at times and his notations and explanations are a little too "mathematical" in the sense that there is little discussion about the application of these techniques beyond mathematic academia--no "think of it like..." analogies. However, if you are even a little bit exposed to calculus, these lectures will really help you grasp the concepts better.

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These videos are part of a self-contained course covering a whole year of calculus.

Bear in mind that students of this course have proven mastery of algebra, trig, and precalculus. They study hard with groups and have other technical courses like physics the same semester. They are likely to have taken calculus in high school and may take this because they scored below 5 on the AP exam. It is also pass/fail first semester.

If you lack mastery of the prerequisites (pretty much everybody in some way), this course will frustrate you at times. Take it as a challenge.

The steps not shown are described vocally in many cases. Other times, it is expected that you would know it from previous material in the course. If you think you get it, try taking the tests online to prove it. If you still find gaps in knowledge, try Khan Academy for a tedious breakdown.

The edX version of this course presents these concepts with lots of exercises, short videos, and moderated forums.

There is nothing wrong with this course. Calculus is a difficult subject and Dr. Jerison is the best, along with Herbert Gross.

Bob’s Your Uncle ,

Good subject, mediocre teacher

I simultaneously love that MIT makes these lectures available and hate that David Jerison is the one they decided to film. He often leaves key steps out of fundamental proofs. He has a tendency to take a basically simple concept and introduce confusion simply by not bothering to explain key steps in a proof.

He’s kind of a crappy communicator, and I’m amazed they let him be the person who exposes students to their first taste of higher math. This kind of teacher can turn a student off of a subject for life.

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