Online Calculus Course for Real College CreditThere are many "Calculus Courses Online" these days. Some of them are very good. But be careful when you are searching for an online calculus course that meets your needs. Consider the following:
- MOOCs (Coursera, edX, Khan Academy) are excellent resources, but do not offer real academic college credit from a regionally accredited university providing a real academic transcript.
- Automated course systems: it is very popular now for schools to "offer" calculus courses that simply use a publisher's course system, which is just a multiple-choice machine to quiz you through the course. Look for the level of interaction with actual instructors.
- Start Dates - many of the online courses offered make you wait for their next term, which may not be convenient.
- Finish Dates - many online courses make you follow a traditional semester calendar and finish the course in 14-16 weeks.
Distance Calculus - Student Reviews
Date Posted: Apr 10, 2020
Review by: Benjamin T.
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: This course provided an excellent chance to learn about Calculus...again. I took calculus in high school, but I learned so much more with this course! It does take a good amount of time to do all the lessons, so definitely keep on top of them, but all the exercises helped me to really understand the material. And the nice thing is you can do it on your own time at home.
Transferred Credits to: Western University of Health Sciences: College of Optometry
Date Posted: Dec 20, 2019
Review by: Bill K.
Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra
Review: I took the whole calculus series and Linear Algebra via Distance Calculus. Dr. Curtis spent countless hours messaging back and forth with me, answering every question, no matter how trivial they might seem. Dr. Curtis is extremely responsive, especially if the student is curious and is willing to work hard. I don't think I ever waited much more than a day for Dr. Curtis to get a notebook back to me. Dr. Curtis would also make videos of concepts if I was really lost. The course materials are fantastic. If you are a student sitting on the fence, trying to decide between a normal classroom class or Distance Calculus classes with Livemath and Mathematica, my choice would be the Distance Calculus classes every time. The Distance Calculus classes are more engaging. The visual aspects of the class notebooks are awesome. You get the hand calculation skills you need. The best summary I can give is to say, given the opportunity, I would put my own son's math education in Dr. Curtis's hands.
Transferred Credits to: None
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
- P4: Quadratic Functions:
- P4.1: Quadratic Algebraic Functions
- P4.2: Quadratic Data
- P4.2.a: Generate Data From Algebraic Formula
- P4.2.b: Graphing Quadratic Functions
- P4.2.c: Playing with Coefficients
- P4.2.d: Given Data, Match Formula
- P4.2.e: Given Small Amount of Data, Match Graph
- P4.2.f: Best Fit Formula
- P4.2.g: Quadratic Data
- P4.3: Quadratic Equations
- P4.3.a: Solve By Guessing
- P4.3.b: Solve Graphically
- P4.3.c: Solve Algebraically: Factoring
- P4.3.d: Complications with Factoring
- P4.3.e: Quadratic Formula
- P4.3.f: Using Quadratic Formula
- P4.3.g: Imaginary Numbers
- P4.3.h: Solve Numerically
- P4.3.i: Homework on Solving Quadratic Equations
- P4.3.j: Homework Problems
- P4.4: Quadratic Graphs
- P4.4.a: Translations Vertical
- P4.4.b: Translations Horizontal
- P4.4.c: Standard Graphing Form
- P4.4.d: Completing the Square
- P4.4.e: Parabolic Geometry Properties
- P4.4.f: Homework Problems
- P4.5: Quadratic Functions Revisited