18.100B: Real Analysis

Table of contents

  1. Course Info
  2. Realistic Prerequisites
  3. Subject Matter
  4. Course Staff
  5. Lectures
  6. Problem Sets
  7. Exams
  8. Resources
  9. Grading
  10. Advice to Future Students

Course Info

Class Size 66
Hours/Week 8.4 (28 responses)
Instructors William Minicozzi
Overall Rating 6.8/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • 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”.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Many referred to the textbook, Elementary Real Analysis by Thomson, Bruckner, and Bruckner.
  • Rudin’s Real Analysis was also given as potential reference material.


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

Advice to Future Students

  1. Take it with Prof. Minicozzi!”
  2. “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.”