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About the Course

Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences. Distinguishing features of the course include: 1) the introduction and use of Taylor series and approximations from the beginning; 2) a novel synthesis of discrete and continuous forms of Calculus; 3) an emphasis on the conceptual over the computational; and 4) a clear, dynamic, unified approach. In this first part--part one of five--you will extend your understanding of Taylor series, review limits, learn the *why* behind l'Hopital's rule, and, most importantly, learn a new language for describing growth and decay of functions: the BIG O....

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Jul 2, 2018

Very well structured for a refresher course. Thank you Professor Ghrist for your effort in putting this course together. A little additional outside research was required but well worth the effort.


Feb 9, 2021

Excellent introduction to Calculus, I wanted to review the material to tutor my child but I am very happy that I learned a whole new way of looking at Calculus.

Thank you so much Prof. Ghrist.

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By Maarten B

Jun 20, 2017

A very inspiring course, especially with such an awsome professor

By roshan m

Mar 4, 2017

Awesome Course, very in dept and really fun. Love the animations

By Mikael S

Mar 2, 2017

Great professor, explain very clearly and give example. I liked!

By Deleted A

Nov 13, 2016

From this course, i learned a lot about simple variable calculus

By Paulinka T

Oct 19, 2019

Very well-prepared, excellently presented. Thank you very much!

By An B

Dec 2, 2020

This is an amazing course with lots of challenging problems!!!

By Guillermo P

May 4, 2020

excelente, tiene mucho nivel que dificultad tan grande pasarlo

By Juan J C

Jun 27, 2017

Muy bueno, explicaciones muy acertadas y excelentes ejecicios.

By Cameron C

Jan 11, 2016

Excellent! Learned a ton! Lots of hard work, but great payoff.

By Vasundhra L

Nov 8, 2022

Really a nice course and I learned a lot doing the problems.

By Raphael M

May 8, 2022

Hard course but feel satisfied completing it with integrity.

By José A D S

Dec 1, 2017

Es un curso excelente, me gusta mucho, propone muchos retos.

By Cessna

Apr 2, 2016

Would like to recommend without reservation! Perfect course!

By arash s

Oct 10, 2020

thank you very much

it was really avery good course

By 张柏豪

Oct 9, 2016

wonderful class, and i am looking forward to the next part.

By Peter M

Apr 12, 2023

Challenging, but very rewarding and the material is great.

By Roy G

Sep 19, 2020

A great course. The homework is challenging and rewarding.

By Γιάννης Π

Jun 26, 2020

easiest way to understand difficult mathemtatical concepts

By 王子瑞

Sep 24, 2019

It is pretty instructional and the professor is also nice.

By Xavier C

Aug 26, 2019

Very interesting & difficult to me (i'm just a programmer)


Jun 11, 2017

Its a very good course. I learnt a lot from this course...

By Andrew M

Mar 26, 2016

Difficult but rewarding, explains some really lovely math!

By Deleted A

Feb 29, 2016

Simply put, this is the best course on Coursera, part one.

By Hannah C

Apr 15, 2023

Thanks for this lesson. It is a good introductory course.

By Paul F

Mar 10, 2020

Great course. Thank you for making this available online.