‘18.01A: Calculus’

Table of contents

  1. Course Info
  2. Realistic Prerequisites
  3. Subject Matter
  4. Course Staff
  5. Lectures
  6. Problem Sets
  7. Exams
  8. Resources
  9. Grading
  10. Advice to Future Students

Course Info

Class Size 134
Hours/Week 13.2 (26 responses)
Instructors David Jerison
Overall Rating 5.5/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Students believe the content of AP Calculus AB is required for this course.

Subject Matter

  • Most thought it was largely applied.
  • Students described it as foundational and useful.

Course Staff

  • Course staff were very friendly and eager to help.


  • Most students learned from both lectures and MITx videos.
  • Students thought the lecture material was fast-paced.
  • Students found problem sets and office hours reinforced concepts from lectures.

Problem Sets

  • Challenging.
  • Students found the problem sets hard to understand, but went to office hours to help clarify the problem statements.
  • Students found the lectures did not prepare them for the psets.
  • Every pset took between 5 and 8 hours to complete.


  • The exams were fair.
  • Practice exams helped the students prepare for the exams, and students spent 2 to 5 hours preparing for them.


  • Students used the MITx videos and course notes, which they found to be helpful.


  • Grading was fair and transparent.

Advice to Future Students

  1. “Go to office hours and don’t be afraid to speak up in class if you have a question!”
  2. “Begin psets early so you can attend office hours and ask questions.”