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

Course Info

Class Size 13.
Hours/Week 9.5 (6 responses)
Instructors Matthew Durey (Lecturer), Nelson, Rebecca H. (UA)
# of Responses to Course 18 Underground Questions 5/13

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Calculus: 18.01/18.02 necessary
  • 18.03 was mostly regarded as necessary.
  • Some programming experience may be helpful.

Subject Matter

  • Applied: The course was focused on applications.

Course Staff

  • Caring and approachable: The professor and UA would respond in a timely manner to emails and Piazza posts.


  • Lectures were well-paced, and the professor made a lot of effort to make things well-motivated and clear.

Problem Sets

  • *The problem sets were long but appropriate in difficulty. They were useful in helping students understand the lecture material. The problem sets were highly related to the lectures.


  • The only exam was a take-home exam with a 2 week window. It was reasonable in difficulty and worth 30 percent of the grade.


  • There were pre-lecture notes and lecture notes posted per lecture that were preferred by the students to online resources.


  • Grading was described as sometimes harsh but fair.