This course provides a brisk, entertaining treatment of differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications to the engineering, physical, and social sciences.
This is definitely one of the most exciting courses around. Though accessible for beginners (like myself), it presents the material in a way that makes you curious and eager to dig deeper. And this is indeed the primary goal.
I am in awe. Robert Ghrist mentioned in the forum he put in 18 months of solid work into this course and it shows. There are many ways to present calculus and his way is not the easiest route, but I believe it has many advantages over the other methods I've seen. Ghrist has a consistent way of explaining the material. And the lectures are a real joy. Colourful formula's dance across the screen with helpful animations. There are enough good examples. The fora are active and helpful. In most topics there are a few interesting bonus material video's which make the course less dry.
It does take some self discipline to actually learn all the material by heart and to do enough homework to prepare for the next quiz.
it is great.... the best thing is that it takes effort to explain the basic concept from depth. It is very important for people who need to learn the basic calculus in the short time. Professor G. also is really very good.. his way of teaching is very attractive and interesting. I want to thank him specially and also to University of Pennsylvania.
This is a long course of currently 14 weeks, covering functions, Taylor series, differentiation, integration, limits, convergence, sums and more. By the excellent presentation of the course (course-wiki, videos and fora) I improved in all of it's topics.
Because of the professor's clear articulation, the videos were acoustical very good understandable.
The nice animations made them also substantial clear.
Reading the course-wiki is enjoyable, too. Additional to the theory, the chapters contain examples with solutions to test your knowledge.
The homeworks were designated to help each other to understand the topics. As they were not graded, we discussed them in the fora, using LaTeX, which was fun.
To get a certificate, it was necessary to achieve sufficient points in quizzes and a final exam. It was a tough course, but really worth while.