The content of 18.01 was a necessary prerequisite. Some students recommended having proof-writing experience.

Subject Matter

Students found the course content to be theoretical and foundational.

Course Staff

Students found the course staff to be very approachable and engaging. ‘

Prof. Minicozzi “makes math fun and accessible” and “really wants you to learn the material”.

Lectures

Students found lectures very useful, and supplemented these with office hours and the textbook.

The textbook was helpful for practice problems.

Problem Sets

Challenging and fun

Students spent 5 or more hours to complete each pset.

Students felt that the lectures and textbook helped prepare them to complete the psets.

Exams

The exams were considered difficult to finish on time, but that the content was fair.

Some students prepared for the exams by doing problems from the textbook.

Resources

Many referred to the textbook, Elementary Real Analysis by Thomson, Bruckner, and Bruckner.

Rudin’s Real Analysis was also given as potential reference material.

Grading

Students felt that grading was fair, with cutoffs being 90/80/70 for an A/B/C.

Advice to Future Students

Take it with Prof. Minicozzi!”

“Make use of office hours and be proactive if you aren’t doing well—finding a group to pset with is also a good idea if you don’t have extensive proofs background.”