OpenCourseWare MIT vs Distance Calculus ComparisonWe 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
|Use of Computer Algebra System||No||Yes, Extensive|
|Tied to Traditional Textbook||Sometimes||No, Reform e-Curriculum|
|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: Feb 23, 2020
Review by: Carl Conners
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra
Review: After a really rough first year of calculus, I completed all of the second year calculus courses with Distance Calculus. It was like night and day the difference. My first year was so boring and monotonous. Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra through Distance Calculus were just so much different - so not boring at all. I thoroughly enjoyed these courses. So engaging.
Transferred Credits to: Michigan State University
Date Posted: May 3, 2020
Review by: Andris H.
Courses Completed: Applied Calculus
Review: I found out from my MBA program that I needed to finish calculus before starting the MBA. They told me 3 weeks before term started! I was able to finish Applied Calculus from Distance Calculus. Definitely a great class. Thanks Distance Calculus!
Transferred Credits to: SUNY Stony Brook
Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II
Review: I needed to brush up on my high school calculus and finally take Calc II before starting a graduate program that needed them as prereqs. This was perfect choice to fit in that summer. Got done at fast pace that I wanted and needed. Also had added bonus of one on one feedback and help when needed. Video lessons were better than many on campus instructors in large lecture settings. Recommend for anyone needing to satisfy prereqs at home institution.
Transferred Credits to: University of Michigan
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