University of North Dakota Online Calculus versus Distance CalculusAnother Calculus online program available on the internet is from the University of North Dakota (UND).
UND's Calculus online program is quite different than Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University.
As reported by former UND Calculus course students, the UND Calculus course is centered on using a traditional paper textbook, having the student work through the textbook problems, and utilize the Calculus videos from Khan Academy to supplement the textbook.
In contrast, Distance Calculus is quite a different course in so many ways! Our video library of instructions is tied DIRECTLY to our own curriculum (Calculus&LiveMath), and using a computer algebra graphing software (LiveMath) as the cornerstone of the coursework platform, quite unlike a regular paper Calculus textbook. We use our own course management system (CMS), which is not Moodle nor Blackboard nor any of the other CMS's you may have had contact with previously.
For many students, a paper-textbook-centered course structure may work for them. If you are good at reading a paper textbook, working through the textbook problems, and watching Khan Academy videos to help out, then UND's course may be a very good choice for you.
UND's Calculus I (Math 165) course is less expensive (tuition: $1368) than Distance Calculus Calculus I (tuition: $1782 + e-text/software $115). So if you are looking for the lowest price course, UND is the less expensive option.
Distance Calculus is designed to facilitate tremendous interaction between student and instructor via the exchange of these LiveMath (and Mathematica for the higher courses) notebooks, back and forth, back and forth, until the student work is 100% correct and complete. Explore below in more detail (in video format) the Distance Calculus courses, and write us if you have any questions!
Student interaction with the instructor(s) is via this computer algebra notebook exchange, but also on sharing screen-cast recorded movies back and forth, which solves many "I'm stuck and writing out my question is not working out!", and then also real-time chat back and forth with the instructor(s) on Skype chat.
Is Distance Calculus For You?
Distance Calculus Success Indicators
Distance Calculus - Student Reviews
Date Posted: Jan 13, 2020
Review by: Daniel Marasco
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus
Review: This course was more affordable than many, and the flexible format was terrific for me, as I am inclined to work very diligently on tasks on my own. It could be dangerous for a person who requires external discipline more, but it works well for self-starters, allowing you to prioritize when you have other pressing work. I was a full time teacher adding a math certification, and this course allowed me to master the math while working around my teaching schedule and fitting work into moments here and there when I had time. I was able to transfer the credits to Montana State University, Bozeman for my teaching internship program without a hitch. The instructors were all very helpful and patient, even when I failed to see a ridiculously simple solution on one problem after 20 emails back and forth. Overall, I was more pleased with my experience in this class than I was with any of my other 9 courses.
Transferred Credits to: Montana State University, Bozeman
Date Posted: Jul 22, 2021
Review by: Emma C.
Courses Completed: Linear Algebra
Review: This was a great course. Flexible and informative with a great professor. It's a great option if you need to fill a prerequisite fast or if you enjoy working at your own pace.
Transferred Credits to: University of Virginia
Date Posted: Feb 28, 2020
Review by: Teddy M.
Courses Completed: Precalculus, Calculus I
Review: Pros: once you get going, you can go really fast. The visual textbook is pretty cool. The instructors were very responsive. Cons: the movies are great, but the software crashes more than it should. Sometimes it is just a hassle doing things in the software instead of on paper, but once I got used to the software, it was ok.
Transferred Credits to: Texas Christian University
Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration
Rational Polynomial Functions
- P6: Rational Polynomial Functions:
- P6.1: Reciprocating
- P6.1.a: Reciprocals of Linear Functions
- P6.1.b: Reciprocals of Power Functions
- P6.1.c: Reciprocals of Quadratic Functions
- P6.1.d: Reciprocals of Polynomial Functions
- P6.1.e: Roots and Asymptotes
- P6.1.f: Homework Problems
- P6.2: Polynomial Over Polynomial
- P6.2.a: Initial Graphs
- P6.2.b: Roots on Top, Roots on Bottom
- P6.2.c: Common Roots
- P6.2.d: Degree Top Heavy
- P6.2.e: Degree Bottom Heavy
- P6.2.f: Degree Balanced
- P6.2.g: Homework Problems
- P6.3: Rational Polynomial Equations
- P6.3.a: Solve Graphically
- P6.3.b: Solve By Cross Multiplication
- P6.3.c: Solving Via Factoring
- P6.3.d: Land Mines To Watch Out For
- P6.3.e: Homework Problems
- P6.4: Rational Polynomials Revisited