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: 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: Dec 9, 2019
Review by: Louisa A.
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: My microeconomics class required college-level calculus as a prerequisite, and I didn't want to wait until next year to take the class. So, I took DC's Calculus I class over the summer, so I could register for econ when I got back to school this fall. I actually think I got more help taking the class online than I would have in the huge lecture classes here. Prof. Curtis was really clear in explaining concepts and talking me through the topics that I was having trouble with. It took me about 10 weeks to finish the class, which didn't seem too long and didn't feel rushed. My friends who are in calculus now, trying to finish the prereq, are pretty jealous!
Date Posted: Mar 17, 2020
Review by: Rebecca M.
Courses Completed: Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus
Review: Fantastic courses! I barely made it through Cal 1, and halfway through Cal 2 I found this program. I took Cal 2 and then Multivariable and I just loved it! SOOOOOOO much better than a classroom+textbook class. I highly recommend!
Transferred Credits to: Tulane University
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