# Vector Calculus Winter 2020 Online Calculus Academic Credits

Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University operates 24/7/365 with open enrollment outside of the traditional academic calendar. We offer all of our courses during the Summer, Fall, Winter, before semesters traditionally start, after semesters start, during vacation weeks ... I think you get the idea :)M

If you wish to complete a Vector Calculus course online, make sure you take this course from a

**regionally accredited college/university**so that the credits you earn from this course will actually transfer to your home college/university.

The free courses available from the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) like edX, Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, MIT Open Courseware, etc. are really excellent courses, but they do

**NOT**result in transferrable academic credits from an accredited university!

There are more than a few actual colleges/universities offering Vector Calculus courses online. Be careful as you investigate these courses - they may not fit your needs for actual course instruction and timing. Most require you enroll and engage your course during their standard academic semesters. Most will have you use a publisher's "automated textbook" which is .... um .... well, if you like that kind of thing, then you have a few options over there at those schools.

Distance Calculus is all about real university-level calculus courses - that's all we do! We have been running these courses for 20+ years, so we know how to get students through the these courses fast fast fast!

Here is a video about earning real academic credits in Vector Calculus from Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University:

## Earning Real Academic Credits for Calculus

## Applied Calculus vs Calculus I

## Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

*Date Posted: Dec 9, 2019*

Review by: Louisa A.

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: My microeconomics class required college-level calculus as a prerequisite, and I didn't want to wait until next year to take the class. So, I took DC's Calculus I class over the summer, so I could register for econ when I got back to school this fall. I actually think I got more help taking the class online than I would have in the huge lecture classes here. Prof. Curtis was really clear in explaining concepts and talking me through the topics that I was having trouble with. It took me about 10 weeks to finish the class, which didn't seem too long and didn't feel rushed. My friends who are in calculus now, trying to finish the prereq, are pretty jealous!

*Date Posted: Sep 6, 2020*

Review by: Mark L.

Courses Completed: Applied Calculus

Review: Great course. Because of this class I was able to meet the entry requirements for my EMBA program on a tight time window in addition to sharpening math skills from classes taken over 15 years ago!

Transferred Credits to: MIT

*Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020*

Review by: Anonymous

Courses Completed: Calculus I

Review: This course is amazing! I took it as a requirement for admission to an MBA program, and couldn't have been happier with the quality and rigor of the course. I previously took calculus two times (at a public high school and then a large public university commonly cited as a "public ivy"), this course was by far the best and *finally* made the concepts click. Previously I had no idea what was going on because terrible PhD students were teaching the course and saying stuff like "a derivative is the slope of a tangent line" - ??? but what does that mean ???, but the instructors in the Shorter University course explain everything in ways where it FINALLY made sense (e.g., "imagine a roller coaster hitting the top of a hill, there's a moment where it shifts momentum and you're not accelerating or decelerating, that's what a 0 rate of change is - that's when the derivative would be zero"). They explain everything in multiple ways and relate it to other concepts. It all made perfect sense when I finally had a good instructor. Really recommend this class

Transferred Credits to: The Wharton School, UPenn

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### VC.03 - Gradient

- V3: VC.03 - Gradient:
- V3.1: VC.03 - Basics
- V3.1.a: VC.03.B1: The gradient and the chain rule
- V3.1.b: VC.03.B2: Level curves, level surfaces and the gradient as normal vector
- V3.1.c: VC.03.B3: The gradient points in the direction of greatest initial increase
- V3.1.d: VC.03.B4: Using linearizations to help to explain the chain rule
- V3.2: VC.03 - Tutorials
- V3.2.a: VC.03.T1: The total differential
- V3.2.b: VC.03.T2: What's the chain rule good for?
- V3.2.c: VC.03.T3: The gradient and maximization and minimization
- V3.2.d: VC.03.T4: Eye-balling a function for max-min
- V3.2.e: VC.03.T5: Data fit
- V3.2.f: VC.03.T6: Lagrange's method for constrained maximization and minimization
- V3.3: VC.03 - Give It a Try
- V3.3.a: VC.03.G1: The gradient points in the direction of greatest initial increase
- V3.3.b: VC.03.G2: The gradient is perpendicular to the level curves and surfaces
- V3.3.c: VC.03.G3: The heat seeker
- V3.3.d: VC.03.G4: Doing 'em by hand
- V3.3.e: VC.03.G5: The highest crests and the deepest dips
- V3.3.f: VC.03.G6: Closest points, gradients and Lagrange's method
- V3.3.g: VC.03.G7: The Cobb-Douglas manufacturing model for industrial engineering
- V3.3.h: VC.03.G8: Data Fit in two variables: Plucking a guitar string
- V3.3.i: VC.03.G9: Linearizations and total differentials
- V3.3.j: VC.03.G10: Keeping track of constituent costs
- V3.3.k: VC.03.G11: The great pretender
- V3.3.l: VC.01.G1-A: Another Help Movie
- V3.3.m: VC.01.G1-B: Another Help Movie
- V3.3.n: VC.01.G1-C: Yet Another Help Movie
- V3.3.o: VC.03.G2.c Hint
- V3.4: VC.03 - Literacy
- V3.5: VC.03 - Revisited
- V3.5.a: VC.03.B1 - Revisited
- V3.5.b: VC.03.B2 - Revisited
- V3.5.c: VC.03.B3 - Revisited
- V3.5.d: VC.03.T1 - Revisited
- V3.5.e: VC.03.T2 - Revisited
- V3.5.f: VC.03.T3 - Revisited
- V3.5.g: VC.03.T4 - Revisited
- V3.5.h: VC.03.T6 - Revisited
- V3.5.i: VC.03.G1.b.i - Revisited
- V3.5.j: VC.03.G1.d.i - Revisited
- V3.5.k: VC.03.G1.d.ii - Revisited
- V3.5.l: VC.03.G2.c - Revisited