‘18,821: Project Laboratory in 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 27
Hours/Week 14.6 (14 responses)
Instructors Andrei Negut
Overall Rating 3.8/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Some students recommended taking linear algebra and having some programming background.
  • Other students recommended being familiar with typing in LaTeX.

Subject Matter

  • Students thought that they learned a lot about how math communication works.
  • Students found they learned theoretical and applied topics, depending on the topic they worked on.

Course Staff

  • The math and communication mentors were both very helpful.
  • Mentors were willing to meet outside of class.


  • There were not lectures, just workshops at the beginning of the semester on how to write and communicate math.
  • Some students wanted more of these workshops.

Problem Sets

  • There were no problem sets for this course.
  • The course assignments consisted of 3 technical papers, based on some research questions, and a presentation of one of the papers.


  • There were no exams.


  • Students used notes on Canvas about LaTeX and how to write.
  • There were no other course resources for this course.


  • Students felt that grading was not transparent.
  • Students were unsure how grading rubrics translated to grade cutoffs.

Advice to Future Students

  1. ”Let your teammates know what’s going on and if you’re confused”
  2. “Only take this if you need a lab class and a CI-M.”