# University of Wisconsin Online Calculus versus Distance Calculus

Another Calculus online program available on the internet is from the University of Wisconsin Independent Learning (UW).UW's Calculus online program is quite different than Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University.

As reported by former UW Calculus course students, the UW 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 UW's course may be a very good choice for you.

UW's Calculus I (U3600-114) course is less expensive (tuition: $1383) than Distance Calculus Calculus I (tuition: $1782 + e-text/software $115). So if you are looking for the lowest price course, UW is a 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: Aug 16, 2020*

Review by: Jennifer S.

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: The course was intense and required a lot of hard work. Professors ready available to assist when needed. Professors presented and explained materials/course work in detail and provided explanations and resources.

Transferred Credits to: University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

*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

*Date Posted: Aug 16, 2020*

Review by: Jennifer S.

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: The course was intense and required a lot of hard work. Professors ready available to assist when needed. Professors presented and explained materials/course work in detail and provided explanations and resources.

Transferred Credits to: University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### Analytic Geometry

- P13: Analytic Geometry:
- P13.1: Slice The Cone
- P13.1.a: The Cone
- P13.1.b: Slice to Parabola
- P13.1.c: Slice To Ellipse
- P13.1.d: Slice to Hyperbola
- P13.1.e: Slice To Line
- P13.1.f: Homework Problems
- P13.2: Ellipsi
- P13.2.a: General Equation of the Simple Ellipse
- P13.2.b: Foci
- P13.2.c: Rotated Axes
- P13.2.d: Conic Slice to Rotated Axis Ellipse
- P13.2.e: Homework Problems
- P13.3: Hyperbolae
- P13.3.a: General Equation of the Simple Hyperbola
- P13.3.b: Foci
- P13.3.c: Rotated Axes
- P13.3.d: Hyperbolae in Nature
- P13.3.e: Homework Problems
- P13.4: Parabolae
- P13.4.a: General Equation of the Simple Parabola
- P13.4.b: Focus and Directrix
- P13.4.c: Rotation of Axes
- P13.4.d: Geometric Properties of Parabolae
- P13.4.e: Homework Problems
- P13.5: Polar Equations of Conics
- P13.5.a: General Polar Equation of a Simple Conic
- P13.5.b: Rotation of Axes
- P13.5.c: Homework Problems
- P13.6: Parametric Equations