# Estimated Finish Times for Distance Calculus Courses

*Can I Finish My Calculus I Course in 5 weeks?*

*Can I Finish My Calculus II Course over Winter Break?*

*Can I Finish My Differential Equations Course over Summer Term?*

These are all very common questions we get from prospective students. The reasonable answer is:

*Your ability to finish a course in a set number of weeks*

or by a completion deadline goal date

is dependent upon a number of factors,

which you will need to consider for yourself...

or by a completion deadline goal date

is dependent upon a number of factors,

which you will need to consider for yourself...

There is no single answer that works for all students. The most reasonable average time can be described in this table:

Course Credit Hours |
Carnegie Unit Computation |
Expected # of Engagement Hours |
Reasonable # of Weeks |

3 Credits |
3 credit hour * (1 lecture/week + 2 HW hours/week) * 14 Weeks |
126 Hours of Engagement |
3-5 Weeks |

4 Credits |
4 credit hour * (1 lecture/week + 2 HW hours/week) * 14 Weeks |
168 Hours of Engagement |
5-8 Weeks |

5 Credits (Honors) |
5 credit hour * (1 lecture/week + 2 HW hours/week) * 14 Weeks |
210 Hours of Engagement |
8-12 Weeks |

Applied Calculus is often finished in 3 week by very strong students.

Calculus I can be finished in 4 weeks on full-throttle engagement.

Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus can be finished in 5-6 weeks with strong time commitment.

You can take up to 1 year to finish your course, if you wish to go slower.

If you are looking for an easier Calculus course - perhaps a multiple choice course - then keep looking -- this is not the course for you!

### Example Timelines for Our Core Courses

Common Completion Timelines for DMAT 253 - Calculus I - 4 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Math Skills | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | Weaker | 1-2 hours/day | 16 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | Modest | 2-3 hours/day | 12 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | Stronger | 3-4 hours/day | 8 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | Strong | 5-6 hours/day | 6 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 5-7 hours/day | 4 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | Strong | 6-8 hours/day | 3 weeks | World's Record |

Time commitments are important for success in an online Calculus 1 course for college credit from Distance Calculus. There are no fixed due dates in the Distance Calculus online courses, so it is important that students instead set their schedules for a dedicated amount of time towards the coursework.

It is also very important to consider that going faster through a course is DIRECTLY DEPENDENT upon your math skill level,
and your successful engagement of the course. We require that you complete the course in a **Mastery Learning** format.
If you are struggling with the course content, or trying to go too fast where the quality of your submitted work is suffering, then
the instructors will force a slow-down of your progress through the course, even if you have fixed deadlines.

Typical Completion Timelines for DMAT 263 - Calculus II - 4 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Calculus I Grade | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | C,D | 1-2 hours/day | 16 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | C,D | 2-3 hours/day | 14 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | C+,B,B+ | 3-4 hours/day | 10 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | B | 5-6 hours/day | 8 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | A | 5-7 hours/day | 6 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | A+ | 6-8 hours/day | 4 weeks | World's Record |

Common Completion Timelines for DMAT 201 - Applied Calculus - 3 credits | ||||

Hours Per Week Dedicated | Math Skills | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | Weaker | 1-2 hours/day | 16 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | Modest | 2-3 hours/day | 12 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | Stronger | 3-4 hours/day | 8 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | Strong | 5-6 hours/day | 6 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 5-7 hours/day | 4 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 6-8 hours/day | 3 weeks | Unreasonable, But Has Been Done |

30-40 hours/week | Very Strong | 8-10 hours/day | 2 weeks | Unreasonable, But Has Been Done |

40-50 hours/week | Very Strong | 10-12 hours/day | 9 days | World's Record |

Typical Completion Timelines for DMAT 355 - Multivariable Calculus - 4 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Calculus II Grade | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | C,D | 1-2 hours/day | 16 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | C,D | 2-3 hours/day | 14 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | C+,B,B+ | 3-4 hours/day | 10 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | B | 5-6 hours/day | 8 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | A | 5-7 hours/day | 6 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | A+ | 6-8 hours/day | 4 weeks | World's Record |

Common Completion Timelines for DMAT 321 - Differential Equations - 3 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Math Skills | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | Weaker | 1-2 hours/day | 14 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | Modest | 2-3 hours/day | 10 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | Stronger | 3-4 hours/day | 7 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | Strong | 5-6 hours/day | 5 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 5-7 hours/day | 4 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | Strong | 6-8 hours/day | 3 weeks | World's Record |

Common Completion Timelines for DMAT 335 - Linear Algebra - 4 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Math Skills | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | Weaker | 1-2 hours/day | 16 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | Modest | 2-3 hours/day | 12 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | Stronger | 3-4 hours/day | 8 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | Strong | 5-6 hours/day | 6 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 5-7 hours/day | 4 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | Strong | 6-8 hours/day | 3 weeks | World's Record |

Common Completion Timelines for DMAT 311 - Probability Theory - 3 credits | ||||

Hours Dedicated | Math Skills | Dedication | Completion Time | Advisory |
---|---|---|---|---|

5-10 hours/week | Weaker | 1-2 hours/day | 12 weeks | Reasonable |

7-12 hours/week | Modest | 2-3 hours/day | 9 weeks | Reasonable |

10-15 hours/week | Stronger | 3-4 hours/day | 7 weeks | Reasonable |

15-20 hours/week | Strong | 5-6 hours/day | 5 weeks | Stretched |

20-25 hours/week | Strong | 5-7 hours/day | 3 weeks | Stretched |

25-35 hours/week | Strong | 6-8 hours/day | 12 Days | World's Record |