What are MOOCs?

How do I register?

To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.

How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?

MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

This course deals with an important topic that is neglected in the traditional mathematics curriculum: how to guess and estimate the answers to math problems. You will learn, for example, how to estimate the size of the diaper market in the United States, how to estimate the surface temperature of planets in the solar
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This course deals with an important topic that is neglected in the traditional mathematics curriculum: how to guess and estimate the answers to math problems. You will learn, for example, how to estimate the size of the diaper market in the United States, how to estimate the surface temperature of planets in the solar system, and how to estimate many definite integrals.

This course requires a knowledge of calculus. If you are familiar with Taylor series, you know enough to take this course.

To find out if you want to take this course, download the textbook of the same name, which the instructor graciously makes available for free. If you enjoy the textbook, you will enjoy the course. One advantage of the course is that it provides insightful solutions for many of the problems in the textbook.

The course materials consist of excerpts from the textbook, short video lectures, and problems with solutions that are revealed after you submit your answers. The instructor interacts with students by responding to some of the questions and comments posted in the discussion forum.

The course materials are comprehensive enough that you can take the course without reading the textbook. The instructor does not require or even encourage you to read the textbook, but I found it quite valuable.

The material is difficult, but it is easy to get a certificate, because grading is very lenient.

I do not know if or when this course will be offered again.

This course requires a knowledge of calculus. If you are familiar with Taylor series, you know enough to take this course.

To find out if you want to take this course, download the textbook of the same name, which the instructor graciously makes available for free. If you enjoy the textbook, you will enjoy the course. One advantage of the course is that it provides insightful solutions for many of the problems in the textbook.

The course materials consist of excerpts from the textbook, short video lectures, and problems with solutions that are revealed after you submit your answers. The instructor interacts with students by responding to some of the questions and comments posted in the discussion forum.

The course materials are comprehensive enough that you can take the course without reading the textbook. The instructor does not require or even encourage you to read the textbook, but I found it quite valuable.

The material is difficult, but it is easy to get a certificate, because grading is very lenient.

I do not know if or when this course will be offered again.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

I have mixed feelings about this course. Some of the topics seemed so basic as to be almost common sense. Others were quite challenging and presented in a way that didn't always make them understandable.

2 years ago

You'll learn some techniques for approximating solutions to mathematical problems. I'd never seen those techniques before, and they give insight into how a mathematical mind can attack difficult problems. The course is based on the professor's book.
Some of the problems posed were hard and relied on some intuition, a
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You'll learn some techniques for approximating solutions to mathematical problems. I'd never seen those techniques before, and they give insight into how a mathematical mind can attack difficult problems. The course is based on the professor's book.

Some of the problems posed were hard and relied on some intuition, and at times I felt the professor assumed we knew some math tricks which would make some of the problems straightforward, but I didn't know them so I was struggling.

Overall though I'd recommend the course, even as an archived course. It's worth seeing the techniques so you can apply them in the future in other courses.

Some of the problems posed were hard and relied on some intuition, and at times I felt the professor assumed we knew some math tricks which would make some of the problems straightforward, but I didn't know them so I was struggling.

Overall though I'd recommend the course, even as an archived course. It's worth seeing the techniques so you can apply them in the future in other courses.