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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.

12 out of 12 people found the following review useful

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

I've completed several MOOC's and this was definitely the best. Another reviewer has already commented on the fact that Professor Ghrist designed this course specifically for the MOOC platform, with lots of great animations that help illustrate the concepts. I will also add that Professor Ghrist actively monitors the f
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I've completed several MOOC's and this was definitely the best. Another reviewer has already commented on the fact that Professor Ghrist designed this course specifically for the MOOC platform, with lots of great animations that help illustrate the concepts. I will also add that Professor Ghrist actively monitors the forums (more than any other online professor I've seen) and very frequently takes the time to respond to his students. Even if it's only to offer encouragement for students expressing frustration. This class really demonstrates the beauty of a MOOC done right.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

Robert Ghrist produced the most beautiful course I've seen on Coursera. It is a single variable calculus course designed for those who have already seen calculus at some level.
The production quality of the video lectures is second to none. They were designed specifically for the Coursera course and they display how e
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Robert Ghrist produced the most beautiful course I've seen on Coursera. It is a single variable calculus course designed for those who have already seen calculus at some level.

The production quality of the video lectures is second to none. They were designed specifically for the Coursera course and they display how effective a mooc can be in the hands of a great teacher like Professor Ghrist. The course is split into five separate chapters: function, differentiation, integrations, applications, and discretization with a grand total of 53 lectures (54 if you count the introduction). The videos average about 15 minutes of length and EVERY video is followed by a problem set of roughly 10 problems. In other words, by the time you complete this course you will have done over 500 problems, not including the chapter tests and final exam.

The production quality of the video lectures is second to none. They were designed specifically for the Coursera course and they display how effective a mooc can be in the hands of a great teacher like Professor Ghrist. The course is split into five separate chapters: function, differentiation, integrations, applications, and discretization with a grand total of 53 lectures (54 if you count the introduction). The videos average about 15 minutes of length and EVERY video is followed by a problem set of roughly 10 problems. In other words, by the time you complete this course you will have done over 500 problems, not including the chapter tests and final exam.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful

4 years ago
**completed** this course.

This is a long course of currently 14 weeks, covering functions, Taylor series, differentiation, integration, limits, convergence, sums and more. By the excellent presentation of the course (course-wiki, videos and fora) I improved in all of it's topics.
Because of the professor's clear articulation, the videos were a
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This is a long course of currently 14 weeks, covering functions, Taylor series, differentiation, integration, limits, convergence, sums and more. By the excellent presentation of the course (course-wiki, videos and fora) I improved in all of it's topics.

Because of the professor's clear articulation, the videos were acoustical very good understandable.

The nice animations made them also substantial clear.

Reading the course-wiki is enjoyable, too. Additional to the theory, the chapters contain examples with solutions to test your knowledge.

The homeworks were designated to help each other to understand the topics. As they were not graded, we discussed them in the fora, using LaTeX, which was fun.

To get a certificate, it was necessary to achieve sufficient points in quizzes and a final exam. It was a tough course, but really worth while.

Because of the professor's clear articulation, the videos were acoustical very good understandable.

The nice animations made them also substantial clear.

Reading the course-wiki is enjoyable, too. Additional to the theory, the chapters contain examples with solutions to test your knowledge.

The homeworks were designated to help each other to understand the topics. As they were not graded, we discussed them in the fora, using LaTeX, which was fun.

To get a certificate, it was necessary to achieve sufficient points in quizzes and a final exam. It was a tough course, but really worth while.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful

4 years ago
**completed** this course.

I am in awe. Robert Ghrist mentioned in the forum he put in 18 months of solid work into this course and it shows. There are many ways to present calculus and his way is not the easiest route, but I believe it has many advantages over the other methods I've seen. Ghrist has a consistent way of explaining the material.
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I am in awe. Robert Ghrist mentioned in the forum he put in 18 months of solid work into this course and it shows. There are many ways to present calculus and his way is not the easiest route, but I believe it has many advantages over the other methods I've seen. Ghrist has a consistent way of explaining the material. And the lectures are a real joy. Colourful formula's dance across the screen with helpful animations. There are enough good examples. The fora are active and helpful. In most topics there are a few interesting bonus material video's which make the course less dry.

It does take some self discipline to actually learn all the material by heart and to do enough homework to prepare for the next quiz.

It does take some self discipline to actually learn all the material by heart and to do enough homework to prepare for the next quiz.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

a year ago
**completed** this course.

I've taken many MOOCs and this is by far the most well presented. Prof Ghrist clearly invested a huge amount of time and effort to put this together. It's also a somewhat different teaching approach so it's interesting even if you've already taken calculus before.

Note that this course has now been split into 5 smaller courses but the content is the same.

Note that this course has now been split into 5 smaller courses but the content is the same.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

4 years ago
**completed** this course.

it is great.... the best thing is that it takes effort to explain the basic concept from depth. It is very important for people who need to learn the basic calculus in the short time. Professor G. also is really very good.. his way of teaching is very attractive and interesting. I want to thank him specially and also to University of Pennsylvania.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

3 years ago

The best course on Calculus Single Variable I have ever followed. Robert Ghrist is so nice and clever while explaining difficult concept. Better you have some prior knowledge of the stuff to deeply learn from this course. Not to be miss if you wish a beautiful learning experience on calculus.

a year ago
**partially completed** this course.

I am nearly finished with the fifth month. Prof G covers material very quickly. The quizzes near the end of the course include quiz questions that require getting 10 - 16 answers correct within a question in order to score that question correctly. To get a passing grade on one of these quizzes you may have to answer
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I am nearly finished with the fifth month. Prof G covers material very quickly. The quizzes near the end of the course include quiz questions that require getting 10 - 16 answers correct within a question in order to score that question correctly. To get a passing grade on one of these quizzes you may have to answer 20 questions correctly - miss one or two and you fail the quiz. I find this to be a diabolical and distinctly unhelpful way to learn the material. Still, very good course. Very challenging.

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

This is definitely one of the most exciting courses around. Though accessible for beginners (like myself), it presents the material in a way that makes you curious and eager to dig deeper. And this is indeed the primary goal.

3 years ago
**completed** this course.

I agree with everything that has been said above. Professor Ghrist is a great teacher. I enjoyed the course very much

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful