‘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 21
Hours/Week 10.2 (11 responses)
Instructors Lisa Piccirillo
Overall Rating 6.1/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Students recommended background in LaTeX and programming.

Subject Matter

  • Students found the subject to be broad.
  • Additionally, students learned communication and collaboration skills.

Course Staff

  • Students found the course staff to be approachable and caring.
  • Course staff’s feedback was crucial to students’ learning.


  • Students found the lectures helpful to learn applications.
  • Students wished the lectures were recorded for later review.

Problem Sets

  • There were no problem sets.
  • The work involved two projects with a team of roughly three students, culminating in the writing of two expository papers.


  • There were no exams.


  • There were no textbooks for the course. Students used their own resources to learn topics required by their projects.


  • Students felt that grading was fair.

Advice to Future Students

  1. “It’s really fun taking this class with 2 other friends.”
  2. “The staff give you a lot of freedom in your projects.”