University of Wisconsin Online Calculus versus Distance CalculusAnother 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: Jul 12, 2021
Review by: Henry R.
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus
Review: Fantastic and unique course, particularly good for visual/spatial thinkers. The course forces you to develop a real conceptual understanding of the math concepts, as opposed to just teaching math formulas like other courses tend to do. There is a steep learning curve early on to get used to the software and the kind of course this is. Ultimately, I feel like what I learned will allow me to actually use the math and build upon it in the future. If you care about learning, rather than just passing a requirement, this is a great course for you.
Transferred Credits to: Harvard University
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: 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.
Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration
- 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