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4 semester units, summer 2021 , 8 weeks,
fully online, Calculus I - MATH 226

fully online, flexible Calculus II - MATH 227
16 years of verifiable track record serving hundreds of students annually
Calculus class online with video lectures, active forum & personal help

Prerequisites Syllabus
Preregister now - no commitments. Students from any other universities are welcome to join us. Email Dr. Goetz goetz@sfsu.edu if you have any questions that are not answered below.
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The class is fully online, you can be anywhere with an interent access. There is no need to come to campus. You can take a practice readiness test now: calculus.sfsu.edu/ready.

Department of Mathematics, San Francisco State University (SFSU), 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. SFSU is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
What are the students who succeeded in this online calculus class say and what advice they offer?

Marshall from a sister campus summer 2019. Professor, I took calculus one with you over the summer of last year and I could not be more grateful for your help. Your method of teaching and organization of the class has been extremely beneficial for me in building a strong foundation in calculus. I am a CSUN student as it is most local to me, through CSUN I have since taken both calculus two and three. Thank you again for one of the best courses I have taken in my history as a student.

Joey from spring 2017. Hey Dr. Goetz, I wanted to personally let you know what I've thought of this class, as it is my first online course: 1.) This course is designed very well and your lectures are incredibly comprehensive. 2.) The ability to pause and rewind your lectures has greatly increased my capacity to understand lessons. 3.) I am graduating this semester with a BS in geology and have completed a senior thesis, this class has been extremely relative to the data analysis scope of my project. The way I have come to understand the processes of derivation and integration in the applications of geology are extremely empowering! Just wanted to personally thank you, and say that this class has been awesome.



A student from summer 2016. Dear Professor Goetz, I would like to thank you and your team for all your help with this class. Your students have been really efficient with the feedback on the homework and I really appreciate that. Also, your lectures/videos were very clear and easy to understand, the summer class was definitely tough but I had fun.

Continuing student in 2016. I am writing you to inquire about adding your Math 227 Calculus II. Over the summer I completed Calculus I with your online class and received a B. I found a new appreciation for online classes and your class by far made me love online studying. I enjoyed the self paced instruction and I felt as if I was able to understand the material a lot better. The way your class was structured was very organized and is set up for student success. Hopefully I can join your class again.
A UCSD student I just wanted to say thank you. I went on to complete second semester calc,multivariate,linear algebra and differential equations at UCSD. Received A's in all my courses because this course really gave me a solid foundation.
NVZ, Summer 2010 Those of us who embarked on the online class did so for many different reasons, however we all wanted to do something that was educationally progressive, innovative and beneficial, something that would add an extra dimension to the courses taught on campus. The online lectures open out true opportunities for inspirational and meaningful learning for those of us who need extra time to comprehend the material. In my opinion, the online HD lectures of professor Arek Goetz are one of the most effective teaching methods currently available in the US higher education. The online classes allow repeating the same lecture multiple times, something that on-campus classes do not offer. Also, we, students, appreciate the flexibility of the online class, as all class participants can log on and participate in discussions at a time convenient to them. Online discussions reach beyond the spatial constraints of the campus class, and as result add a richer and deeper perspective as we students respond to each other when we are informed and inspired. The online class designed by professor Arek Goetz taught us how to learn online using the Internet and equipped us students with a skill we will continue to need throughout our lives, made education accessible to all of us in innovative and exciting ways. Professor Arek Goetz established the right degree of challenge to all of us, and gave us students a feeling of responsibility for our own learning and commitment to this process, while none of us felt remote from each other or from the professor. Online lectures taught by Professor Arek Goetz are very clear and dynamic, professor always maintains eye contact with students, writes clearly on the board and invites students to take an active role in online discussion. We are all familiar with the situation of being immersed in a terrific discussion in the campus class, and then having to stop as it is the end of the scheduled class time. In the online class the discussion never stops and its force is never lost. Another advantage of the online class is that it accommodates all students, regardless of their differences. For example, I know that some of us, myself including, are shy or reluctant to speak in front of a group on campus, yet we open up freely when in front of our computer screens. Continuing online discussion has the added advantage that it can assist in identifying our weak areas and areas for improvement. I strongly believe that all online students demonstrated commitment to learning and the pursuit of new ideas. This online class was extremely effective as a virtual place to learn, exchange knowledge and ideas, fulfill our educational aspirations. It was a very good class throughout. Without any reservation, I would recommend Professor Arek Goetz' class to every student.
Mike, architecture major, Summer 2010 This calculus course was very convenient in the sense that it was online and 4 credits without any major prerequisite. But over the summer I took this class while taking another online class and working 40 hours a week. This calculus class is not good for someone who plans on doing too many other things over the summer. When professor Goetz says you need to devote alot of time to this class he is not exaggerating. This class requires your full attention and effort. The only thing I though was not right was the fact that the homework switched from Monday Wednesday Friday to sometimes Tuesday Sometimes Thursday and even sometimes on the weekends. When it was all said and done I am thankful for this class.
From a student who took the course from a remote location, Fall 2007 I can only echo the sentiments of my classmates and say that this was truly a wonderful way to learn math. I am grateful to Dr. Goetz, Quan and the rest of the SFSU staff who made this happen. I also want to thank my fellow students who really jumped on the opportunity of using all the online tools at our disposal to mutually facilitate our learning. Meeting up online to study has been fun and very fruitful. I loved math before this class, but the experience has strengthened my resolve to continue working hard to understand and explore these profound and incredibly useful ideas. If only the first few math classes I was put through had been like this one! This format is a great idea and it goes a long way toward repairing some of the failings in the way math is traditionally taught at this level. That deserves huge kudos. I will certainly recommend these courses and will watch to see if more advanced calculus courses taught in this format become available. I actually can't wait to take more calculus now, haha smile OK, that's all for now, thanks again and have a wonderful summer everybody!
Elisabeth, senior, double-major in Cell & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SFSU, Fall 2007 1. What was the main reason you took the online Calculus course rather
than a regular class?
I took the online class to have a flexible study schedule and to experience a fully online class for the first time.

2. What was the key to your success in this course? The keys to my success in this class were keeping up with the homework and spending as much time as I could online speaking with other students - either through the iLearn message board or via an instant messaging program.

3. Who in your opinion would be a good student likely to succeed in this class format?  Who, in your opinion, would not be a good
candidate?
Likely to succeed : someone who has a really good foundation in precalculus, is a "self-starter" - someone who can work independently if necessary, someone who can work with others cooperatively, and someone who knows when they need assistance and asks for it ASAP. Not a good candidate : someone with a weak understanding of precalculus (especially algebra and trigonometry), a person who needs a lot of structure to do well, and someone who has a tendency to procrastinate.

4. What advice would you offer to a potential student? Watch the lecture videos as soon as they're available; spend at least 12 hours a week altogether on the class (including studying, watching lecture videos, chatting with others, posting Q/A to the message board, interacting with the instructor and TA, etc); do the homework on time (I suggest doing ALL the assigned problems); take the opportunity to speak with the Professor (and TA) - he is very helpful and always responds to even the most mundane questions quickly; expect there to be a difference between the way you "do" this class versus normal lectures - use this experience for all it's worth.

5. Please add anything about the class and your experience: I would like to emphasize that there are weekly in-person office hours and also a lot of availability on the part of the instructor and TA online every week to assist you with any problems you may have. Take advantage of this. Also, don't forget to check Stream if you get stuck on homework problems; I found it to be quite useful and often so. Lastly, I'd like to add that I absolutely loved this course!

2. What was the key to your success in this course? Not staying behind even for 1 lecture. Planning to submit the HWS early and implementing that for almost all of them. Above all that, we received the best possible education trough well organized lectures, well planned homework assignments and online supports. I also need to add that the online discussion group was a great opportunity. We had the chance to discuss and to review our questions and home work assignments. Not staying behind even for 1 lecture. Planning to submit the HWS early and implementing that for almost all of them. Above all that, we received the best possible education trough well organized lectures, well planned homework assignments and online supports. I also need to add that the online discussion group was a great opportunity. We had the chance to discuss and to review our questions and home work assignments.

3. Who in your opinion would be a good student likely to succeed in this class format?  Who, in your opinion, would not be a good, (Fall 07)
candidate?
The key is a well planned schedule. I used to watch the lecture and complete the home works right after that or at least at the same day. Requires at least 10 -15 hours of work per week. It won't work for a student that is not willing or does not have at least 10 hours/week to allocate to the program. [comment from a student who took the class during the Fall]

4. What advice would you offer to a potential student? I never stayed behind even for one lecture. I doubt a student can make it if he or she falls behind for more than 2-3 lectures.
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David - 20 May 2008, 07:42 PM The hardest part for me, as someone who hadn't taken a math class in more than 5 years, was adjusting at the beginning of the semester. It was easy for forgotten algebraic principles and equivalencies to get in the way of new concept learning in the beginning. I was a little nervous at first because the first few assignments were taking much longer than anticipated, but it became much more comfortable once the algebraic rust fell away. Do review algebra first! I got a great amount of information from the lectures and online forum, but I found it also helpful to reinforce those concepts by reviewing the corresponding textbook sections. The textbook is good for the general concept and formula checking, but when you have a more specific question just shoot it off to the forum and the feedback comes almost immediately. Trying to teach concepts in the forum to someone else, I also found, was really a great way to lock down new concepts. If you're doing your homework early and not many people are discussing your question on the forum yet, check the stream channel for short video clips (a huge collection) that can provide that one needed concept (or trick) to the problem. Another source for learning (you will see there are very many) are great links to math websites and even designated times to personally chat online, or call, teaching assistants about your questions. Procrastination will penalize you in this course. There were some homeworks that were considerably longer than others that required early starts for a good grade. Overall it was a great learning experience that was just very convenient. You could probably be a full time business traveler and still take the course. I feel much better about my math skills now. Before I took this course, a function was just an equation that was hard to evaluate without a graphing calculator. Simply a great class with a great professor and fellow students! by Arnold - Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 09:22 PM
How to succeed: Tip #1: Do not take this course over the summer unless you are...
a. Either very proficient with math (algebra and trigonometry);
b. Or you have a lot of time to devote to this class and all the homework. Tip #2: Regardless of your answer to #1, you must be willing to do a lot of work, including posting and sharing questions and answers. Tip #3: Really listen to the very first lecture where Dr. Goetz explains how Calculus came into being. That sets the stage for the entire course and its primary objective. Throughout (and especially In the middle) of the course, it is easy to lose sight of how the little concepts add up to something worthwhile or useful. Thinking back on the first lecture will help you see the bigger picture and might even give you the proper perspective to understand that troublesome derivative problem or that confusing integration problem. Seriously! Tip #4: Try on your own first. Active learning is the only way to pass the final exam! Tip #5: When tip #4 fails, use all the resources at hand: the homework forum, video excerpts of the lecture or similar problems, the grapher, external resources, even that expensive dry text book! Tip #6: When tip #4 works, take the time to give others tips or weigh in on questions posed by other students. This serves 2 purposes: it reinforces your learning and it builds your body of "postings" for that all-important class participation credit (which is worth an entire grade improvement)! Tip #7: Convince yourself that you love to solve all kinds of problems, including Calculus, even if that's not entirely true. If you can get into the spirit of things, you will have some measure of fun to help temper the frustration and make the long hours of doing homework less tedious. Tip #8: Dr. Goetz and his staff are the best and they are looking after your best interest: to learn and have an appreciation for Calculus. So trust them and don't be afraid to ask anything that would help you to make the most out of the class.
Enjoy and good luck!