The content of 18.01 was a necessary prerequisite, and some students recommended background in 18.02 and linear algebra as well.

Subject Matter

Most thought it was a good balance between theoretical and applied.

Some students found the material to be useful and very broad.

Course Staff

Students found the course staff approachable and caring.

Professor Collins and TAs were both helpful in office hours.

Lectures

Most students learned from the lectures, and referred to the office hours and MITx to reinforce their learning.

Some students found the proofs in lecture to be confusing.

Problem Sets

Students found that lectures and office hours helped prepare them for psets.

Students found psets were reasonable and took 5-8 hours. Some students recommended collaborating with others.

Students found the “story-time” section of the pset interesting, but more abstract.

Exams

Students found the exams fair, but that it was very easy to lose points from small mistakes.

Students recommended past psets and MITx notes to study.

Resources

Most students used the MITx notes.

There was not a textbook for this course.

Some students wished there were more practice problems.

Grading

Students felt that grading was fairly lenient, but often times not transparent.

No expected grade distribution was given out by course staff.

Advice to Future Students

“Attend lectures and recitations often, read lecture notes and online resources (MIT affiliated or otherwise) when confused, attempt to solve problems and understand proofs on your own”

“Don’t take this at the same time as 18.02. Give yourself room to breathe and be able to learn the two math classes’ material separately.”