18.300 Principles of Continuum Applied Mathematics

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 7
Hours/Week 15.6 (4 responses)
Instructors Rodolfo Rosales
Overall Rating 6.0/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Students had 18.01, 18.02 and 18.03 as hard prerequisites.
  • Students recommended knowledge of 8.01 and MATLAB.

Subject Matter

  • Students felt like the subject matter was very applied, and that it applied to foundational or further classes and research in PDEs.

Course Staff

  • The professor was seen as approachable and passionate about the course material.
  • The professor was willing to answer all students’ questions in class.


  • Lectures were helpful, as students liked doing proofs together in class.
  • Students learned the most from lectures and problem sets.

Problem Sets

  • Problem sets were seen as lengthy and challenging
  • Students took between 9 and 12 hours on every problem set.


  • There were no exams.


  • Course notes and office hours were used by students.
  • Approximately 10 textbooks were suggested by the professor, but none were followed specifically.


  • Grading was seen as reasonable and transparent.
  • There was a large emphasis on a final project, which could determine pass/fail.

Advice to Future Students

  1. ”Make sure you know your 18.01 and 18.02”
  2. ”Don’t take this with a full schedule”