# ‘18.158: Topics in Differential Equations’

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 19 |

Hours/Week | 7.6 (13 responses) |

Instructors | Larry Guth |

Overall Rating | 7.0/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

*Knowing **complex analysis** and **fourier analysis** is greatly beneficial, but not required.

## Subject Matter

- The course was a more analysis-oriented approach to analytic number theory. The class went over some of the current techniques that researchers use in analytic number theory.

## Course Staff

**Very caring and approachable**. Prof. Guth held office hours after every lecture.

## Lectures

- Most students believed that they learned mostly from lectures, which were presented very clearly. They believed that the psets were a tool to help understand the lecture material better.

## Problem Sets

- The problems were similar to proofs from the lecture. They were mainly to help digest the content from the lectures instead of needing new ideas.
- The problem sets contained optional problems.
- Collaboration on the more challenging psets was helpful.

## Exams

- There were
**no exams**.

## Resources

- There were no textbooks, but there were scribed lecture notes from each lecture.

## Grading

- Students felt that grading was
**fair**and**transparent**. Grades only depended on the problem sets.

## Advice to Future Students

“Take this if it’s offered again!”“I would advise students to attend lectures as this was the most efficient way for me to learn the material.”