Skip to main content # 18.02: Calculus II

## 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 | 275 |

Hours/Week | 11.0 (102 responses) |

Instructors | Gigliola Staffilani |

Overall Rating | 4.5/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- The content of
**18.01** was a necessary prerequisite.

## Subject Matter

- Most thought it was a good balance between theoretical and applications of the theories.
- Some students recommended taking 8.02 at the same time to help understand the material on flux.

## Course Staff

- Students found TAs
**helpful and approachable**, especially since they did review sessions before exams. - Some students said the professor (Prof. Staffilani) was not approachable and was not lenient with extensions.

## Lectures

- Most students believed they learned from the lecture notes and not the lectures.
- Students went to office hours and did practice problems to reinforce learning.

## Problem Sets

- Problem sets contained an online pset and a written pset submission.
- Students found lectures did not prepare them well for psets.
- Students found
**working in groups** helped them work through the psets. - Students spent 5 or more hours on each pset.

## Exams

- Students found the exams straight-forward, but tough to complete in the allotted time.
- Practice problems were how most students prepared for the exams.

## Resources

- Most students used the lecture notes extensively.
- Some referred to the course textbook to clarify their understanding.

## Grading

- Students felt that grading was
**transparent** but **harsh**. - 75% of the grade came from midterms and the final exam.

## Advice to Future Students

*“Doing lots of practice problems is really important”* *“Work on psets early. Very early, with others, even if you need to bother people, do it!”* *”Do the readings and read the lecture notes, even if you already attended lecture.“*