# OpenCourseWare MIT versus Distance Calculus Comparison

We are HUGE fans of the OpenCourseware Project at MIT, located here.Specifically, the Linear Algebra courses by Gilbert Strang, longtime master teacher at MIT, are fabulous!

If you look through these course offerings, you will see that all of them are "snapshots" of previous courses over the past 10-15 years. They include fantastic lectures, awesome course materials, and challenging problem sets.

Keep in mind, however, that these OCW @ MIT courses do not grant academic credit. They are presented more as a resource for learning, and certainly an awesome resource! But if you "enroll" in one of these courses and start engaging the course materials and lectures, you will not be on a path towards earning academic credits for these courses.

Perhaps someday OCW courses will grant academic credit, but for now, they do not.

If you are looking for a non-credit alternative to just learn the course materials, OCW @ MIT is an excellent resource. You really feel like you are in a lecture hall at MIT taking one of these courses.

But if your goal is to earn academic credits for your Calculus course effort, you need to seek out an academic credit-granting program, like Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University.

## Comparison of OpenCourseWare @ MIT; vs Distance Calculus

Topic | MyMathLab® | Distance Calculus |
---|---|---|

Multiple Choice | No | No |

Use of Computer Algebra System | No | Yes, Extensive |

Tied to Traditional Textbook | Sometimes | No, Reform e-Curriculum |

Recursive Grading | No | Yes |

Comprehensive Course System | No, just access to lectures and homework problems | Yes |

Drill & Practice | No | No |

Here are a few videos about Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University:

## Is Distance Calculus for You?

## Success Indicators for Distance Calculus

## Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

*Date Posted: Jan 19, 2020*

Review by: Dan P.

Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II

Review: I found the courses to be informative, enjoyable, and most importantly, effective in helping me learn the concepts of calculus. My math skills were always very weak, and I had a great deal of difficulty passing my undergrad math courses. The pace of a traditional classroom setting was just too quick for the concepts to really sink in. With Distance Calculus, I had courses that were taught with the full rigor of an on-campus class, but where I could take my time and really learn the material...all while having access to top-tier instructional help for real math professors and assistants. DC gave me the tools and the confidence I needed, so after successfully passing my DC courses, I moved on and completed a master's degree in CS.

*Date Posted: Aug 23, 2020*

Review by: Sean Metzger

Student Email: seanmetzger78@gmail.com

Courses Completed: Differential Equations

Review: A lifesaver. When I found out I needed a course done in the last weeks of summer I thought there was no way i'd find one available, but this let me complete the course as quickly as I needed to while still mastering the topics. Professor always got back to me very quickly and got my assignments back to me the next day or day of. Can't recommend this course enough for students in a hurry or who just want to learn at their own pace.

Transferred Credits to: Missouri University of Science and Technology

*Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020*

Review by: Anonymous

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: This course is amazing! I took it as a requirement for admission to an MBA program, and couldn't have been happier with the quality and rigor of the course. I previously took calculus two times (at a public high school and then a large public university commonly cited as a "public ivy"), this course was by far the best and *finally* made the concepts click. Previously I had no idea what was going on because terrible PhD students were teaching the course and saying stuff like "a derivative is the slope of a tangent line" - ??? but what does that mean ???, but the instructors in the Shorter University course explain everything in ways where it FINALLY made sense (e.g., "imagine a roller coaster hitting the top of a hill, there's a moment where it shifts momentum and you're not accelerating or decelerating, that's what a 0 rate of change is - that's when the derivative would be zero"). They explain everything in multiple ways and relate it to other concepts. It all made perfect sense when I finally had a good instructor. Really recommend this class

Transferred Credits to: The Wharton School, UPenn

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### Systems of Equations

- P10: Systems of Equations:
- P10.1: Systems of Linear 2D Equations
- P10.1.a: Graphing
- P10.1.b: Solving by Substitution
- P10.1.c: Using Matrix Notation
- P10.1.d: Homework Problems
- P10.2: Matrices
- P10.2.a: Matrix Addition
- P10.2.b: Matrix Multiplication
- P10.2.c: Determinants
- P10.2.d: Matrix Inverse
- P10.2.e: Solving Linear Matrix Equation
- P10.2.f: Homework Problems
- P10.3: Systems of Linear 3D Equations
- P10.3.a: Graphing
- P10.3.b: Solve via Substitution
- P10.3.c: Solve Using Matrix Methods
- P10.3.d: Different Solution Cases in 3D
- P10.3.e: Homework Problems
- P10.4: Non-Linear Systems