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Overall Score : 98 / 100

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Course Description

The focus and themes of the Introduction to Calculus course address the most important foundations for applications of mathematics in science, engineering and commerce. The course emphasises the key ideas and historical motivation for calculus, while at the same time striking a balance between theory and application, leading to a mastery of key threshold concepts in foundational mathematics. Students taking Introduction to Calculus will: -gain familiarity with key ideas of precalculus, including the manipulation of equations and elementary functions (first two weeks), -develop fluency with the preliminary methodology of tangents and limits, and the definition of a derivative (third week),-develop and practice methods of differential calculus with applications (fourth week),-develop and practice methods of the integral calculus (fifth week).

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Instructor Details

David Easdown

David Easdown is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Science. He is actively interested in developing courses in undergraduate mathematics education across all years and levels, and most recently at the interface between secondary and tertiary education. He is also an active supervisor of honours and postgraduate students across a range of topics in pure mathematics and mathematics education. David's main research interests are in algebra and mathematics education. His most recent algebra research focuses on permutation group theory and combinatorial semigroup theory. His most recent research in mathematics education explores applications of the theory of threshold concepts and the SOLO taxonomy to the design and implementation of novel methods in assessment. David has published widely and his textbook, A First Course in Linear Algebra, available through Pearson Education Australia, is used by students in Australia and overseas.

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By Marcus S on 13-Jan-19

Excellent introduction to calculus. Clearly explained, great to have some history in there (I'd like more!).It sets a cracking pace, so do set some time aside to really get the most out of this course. Highly recommended. Gives a great basis to delve into higher mathematics beyond high school.

By Rodney M on 9-Mar-19

I've tried a couple of calculus courses on Coursera. The others i've tried, assumed too much pre-calculus knowledge and did not provide adequate quiz's and problems. Also, they did not ease into new topics as much as i liked.This course has not only been the best i've seen on Coursera, its the best mathematics course i've done fullstop. Everything is explained right down, right down to the simplest explanations. Many things are referred again to previous videos in the course if something is covered by another video.I'd really like to shake the professors hand on this course. Magnificent work.

By Md. H H S B on 26-Apr-19

its awesome course... Mentor is skilled and explains everything clearly.But if anybody has little bit pre-calculus knowledge it will be more helpful.

By Moneer R A on 16-Jun-19

An Absolutely incredible course. Well structured, and David Easdown is the best math instructor I've ever had. Thank you University of Sydney, and Coursera. And Please make a more advance calculus course as a continuation from this one.

By Joseph V M on 4-Jul-19

While the material is at an introductory level, it is comprehensive. The exercises are well-structured and the lectures clear.

By Arman M on 25-Jul-19

This professor explained all topics covered in a year long calculus class in the span of five weeks. I highly recommend taking this course either to learn calculus or for a review.

By Amr F A on 27-Jul-19

Great course .thanks for the efforts .

By muhammad a on 29-Mar-19

its a very interesting course and i really want to learn this so thanks coursera community and specially the speaker for providing such a wonderful and handy knowledge and notes.

By Max W on 8-Jun-19

An excellent course that not only teaches the fundamental of calculus, but also goes beyond a typical math course and explains why and how the equations arise, instead of merely asking you to memorize them. The instructor is phenomenal and helps to show the elegance of calculus and how all these applications naturally flow from a few basic principles.

By Sarthak G on 11-Jan-19

The teacher is great and if you are beginner this course is really for you

By Jason B on 25-Jan-19

Professor Easdown is an amazing teacher and made something that is often perceived as difficult to be fun. The course covers a great deal of information in a short time, but Prof. Easdown is thorough and breaks topics down into understandable sections. The addition of colorful examples and historical facts adds a relaxed tone to the course, which is exceptionally helpful.

By James M on 6-Feb-19

This is a great course and anyone interested in getting into a more detailed study of Calculus should start here. The only suggestion I have is to make the answers to the weekly exams available because it helps to know which ones were incorrect.