# 18.204

## 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 | 30 |

Hours/Week | 7.4 (14 responses) |

Instructors | Souvik Dhara (Lecturer), Julia Gaudio (Lecturer), Malcah Effron (Lecturer/Communication Lecturer) |

# of Responses to Course 18 Underground Questions | 7/30 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

**Mathematical maturity:**having experience with proofs was important for reading math papers.**Linear algebra**and**combinatorics**were important overall, but the knowledge required depended on the topic chosen.

## Subject Matter

**Broad range of topics:**in total, 16 different topics were studied deeply. Some topics were theoretical, and others were applied.- Skills in
**writing math papers**and**creating presentations**gained.

## Course Staff

**Approachable**and**helpful**with questions about math or giving feedback.

## Lectures

- The lectures were
**all student presentations**, and because the topics differed, sometimes presentations were difficult to follow. - A lot of the material learned was from creating the presentation and writing the paper.

## Problem Sets

**Short psets**which were**based on lectures**.- The psets were
**straight forward**, and could be done with talk summaries and notes.

## Exams

- There were 2 midterms which were
**multiple choice**, consisting of 1 question for each topic written by the students. - Since there were 16 topics, the midterms were
**difficult to prepare for**, but were a**small portion of the grade**.

## Resources

- Each student got
**3 topics**to present on. - Topics had
**textbooks and research articles**as source material.

## Grading

- The grading was
**fair**and**transparent**, but getting an A took effort. - The largest parts of the grade were the
**talk**and**paper**. - Grade cutoffs were around 90/80/70 for A/B/C.

## Advice to Future Students

*“Start working on your talks***early**. Definitely do a**practice talk**.”*“Look into the project topics before you rank them so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Also,***ask the instructors for feedback and schedule practice talks**if you can.”