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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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Very Informative course and easy to catch. Although knowledge on the subject is a prerequisite before taking this. Not advisable to those with no knowledge whatsoever in calculus.


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Very insightful. However, I believe (although I may be wrong) that certain methods and techniques required to solve the homework problems weren't explained in the course material.

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Feb 3, 2017

Excellent Course! Thank you professor Ghrist!

By Dr A A

Oct 7, 2023

great teacher and wonderful course material.

By Madhu K S

Mar 14, 2020

Nice course. This was a great review for me.

By Madhusudan

May 20, 2020

i have learned a lot in Calculus functions.

By Iam l

Feb 1, 2022

It was a really great course. I enjoyed it

By Audrey

Apr 30, 2019

a little bit difficult but worth learning!

By Dr.S.Nagarani

Dec 14, 2023

Too difficult course but very interesting

By Runze L

Jan 29, 2017

Clear, a little challenging, interesting!

By Олег В

Jun 26, 2024

Exceptional explanation of the material.


Apr 12, 2020

Awesome course!!! I strongly recommend!!

By Darshan P

Dec 14, 2019

Thanks but I did not get the certificate

By Jon M

May 19, 2018

I love this course and Professor Ghrist!

By Shahen K

Jun 30, 2016

One of the best courses I've ever taken.

By 柳毓(Yu L

May 21, 2016

Fantastic! Changed my view of Calculus!

By r

May 9, 2019

It's really interesting and helpful !

By Anubhav M

Jun 20, 2018

Excellent for 1st semester of Calculus

By 张紫阳

Jul 4, 2022

Very nice introduction about Calculus

By Arjun M

Jan 24, 2022

A 100 stars for this course! Amazing!

By whitebrain

Nov 11, 2016

I learned a lot of things. Thank you.


Mar 10, 2016

Amazing!!!! The best course ever!!!!!

By Truyện T

Jun 20, 2018

Really nice videos. Very informative

By ali e

May 21, 2017

easy pace.wonderful teaching videos.

By Agustin M d l F

Mar 23, 2020

Attractive approach to the subject.


Jan 20, 2021

This very interesting part for me.

By Yin M L

Aug 12, 2020

This course is very effect for me.