# 18.600

## Table of contents

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

## Course Info

Class Size | 201 |

Hours/Week | 7.5 (83 responses) |

Instructors | Jonathan Adam Kelner (Lecturer), Pranit Nanda (UA), Jie Jun Ang (TA), Jonathan Tidor (TA), Roger Van Peski (TA) |

# of Responses to Course 18 Underground Questions | 20/89 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

**Necessary**: 18.01/18.02.**Helpful**: 18.06 for Markov chains, some exposure to proofs perhaps via 6.042, some basic probability/discrete math.

## Subject Matter

- Many thought the class was very applied, but some felt it was more abstract than expected.
**Very foundational, broad, and useful**.- The first few weeks were a review of basic probability. People with prior exposure found them slow, while others found them fast.

## Course Staff

- Students found the course staff
**caring**and**understanding**(e.g. midterm was moved due to election). - TAs were
**helpful**and**responsive**on Piazza.

## Lectures

- Students found that the lectures were well-organized and engaging, contained helpful real-world examples, and connected to the psets.
- Students generally found the class
**well-paced**; a few students found it slow. - Lectures were asynchronous, supplemented by live problem-solving sessions.

## Problem Sets

- Students found the psets doable and fair, since the lectures adequately prepared them.
- Many students worked with others.
- Time spent on psets varied wildly. Some spent 3 hours, while others spent 12.

## Exams

- Students generally appreciated exam format and time given.
- Most students found exam difficulty
**fair**. Some students found the exams challenging.

## Resources

- The lectures were self-contained. Lecture slides were made available.
- Most students
**did not use the textbook.** - There was a class Piazza, and it was good.

## Grading

- Professor gave cutoff approximations
**after the second exam but prior to Drop Date.** - Grading was
**fair**and**transparent**(e.g. grade cutoffs for quizzes were given).

## Advice to Future Students

“Don’t underestimate the class based on the first few weeks.The class goes from 0-100. Don’t get complacent.”“Familiarity with writing proofs did come in handy and no guidance was provided in that respect, so it helped to have taken 6.042 before. Reading a chunk of the optional textbook definitely helped lower the mental workload when covering that material.”“Make sure you understand probability, you will see it everywhere.”

## Syllabus

Click **here** for a PDF of this course’s syllabus.