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4 semester units, fall 2017, 14 weeks, Aug 25 - Dec 20,
fully online, flexible Calculus I - MATH 226
14 years of verifiable track record serving hundreds of students annually
Calculus class online with video lectures, active forum & personal help

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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. However, there are two proctored events: (a) a readiness test and (b) comprehensive final examination. Both can be taken on campus or at your location via a video link.
In the latter case there is a small fee charged by ProctorU.com You can take a practice readiness test now: calculus.sfsu.edu/ready. Once you pass it, you can retake with ProctorU.com even before you register for the class. If a students cannot demonstrate that they are ready by passing a proctored test within first 7 days of instruction, they will be dropped from the course.

This is the future - recent article about this this class and the professor.
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?

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 studentI 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.
Jonathan in the process of applying to Boston University, College of Engineering, fall 2010 I want to thank you for the obvious amount of effort, enthusiasm, and organization that you put into making this class possible. Without your devotion to the subject and desire to teach the material, I feel I would not have been able to do this subject online. Many people commented,"Wow, really, calculus online? Isn't that going to be difficult?" Admittedly, I gave some wieght to thier comments, but enrolled anyway. I worked hard, but all of the details were laid out, and it was clear what needed to be done in order to succeed. This was by no means an easy class for me to complete, as I am also working full time and enrolled in a graduate degree program, but it was very much worth it. Because of this class experience, I feel that I have a solid understanding of the foundations of calculus, am able to see thier applications in the real world, and will be able to move forward in understanding of mathematics in my future academic and professional career. It was a bit unnerving to start an online class in calculus, but you made it challenging, interesting, and rewarding without making it intimidating. And for that, I thank you. Good luck in the coming semester!
Lucas, The Citadel, Summer 2010 I was very pleased with this course. I have never been a math genius and the way that this course is designed helped me tremendously: the video lectures, forums, online notes, etc. I would highly recommend this course to any student who is trying to get ahead in their college credits. Fair warning though, it was not an easy summer course. You must remain motivated throughout the duration of the course and be sure to not get behind in the course load. All students have the opportunity to work ahead in the course and prevent this from happening. If you can do this, do it! Thanks Professor Goetz!
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.
Nick, stationed in Iraq, applying to Military school, Summer 2010 After reading all the posts about the class and being that I was going to be taking the class online in Iraq I was a little nervous about it. Especially after the first two weeks when I was unable to download a descent version of the lecture. However, eventually I was able to save the whole lectures and that made all the difference. From then I started downloading early so I made sure to get the lecture and have time to turn the homework in early. This not only gave me bonus points but gave me a head start on the next lesson. This is my first class in about 10 years and having the discussion board available was probably the reason I passed the class. I used it on every lesson and lucky for me there were a lot of extremely smart people in my class so when I had a question they could break it down Barney style for me so I could figure out the question. Dr. Goetz and his assistants were helpful too with all the questions I had and I normally received a response in a day or two at the most. The way the course runs made perfect sense to me. What I mean is that each lesson built on the others so that you could use and reuse what you had been learning. The videos and the streaming page were helpful too when I could get them to work. That was due to the speed of the internet over here though and had nothing to do with the system. I feel that the work load for each lesson was spot on. I was able to teach myself what I needed to, ask questions on the discussion board, get answers, and still finish my homework early. I was little cramped for time some days, so that required me to work extra hard other days. I think if you can devote a solid 4 hours per lesson, you will do fine is this class. That sounds like a lot, but it would not only be working on the current lesson but reviewing and applying the past lessons subjects. Also, just like Dr. Goetz recommends, if you pause the video and do the problems on your own or rewind it to double tap some of the segments you will spend more time but be able to get a better understanding of the material.
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.
Safia Abbasi, Univ. of Southern California, International Relations Global Business What surprised you the most?how much I learned and how willing I was to work with other students on-line. Your tips for other students to succeed. The best tip I can give is to create a STRUCTURED SCHEDULE and stick to it! It is so easy to fall behind in this fast-paced class, and having a designated day to watch the lecture and do the homework and allowing ample time to contribute to the on-line forum and get your questions answered is the most essential part in order to succeed in this class. I really cannot stress more how important it is to remain on task and organized.
Lauren, a Peace Corps volunteer (Fall 08). A little bit about me... I'm a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the East coast of South America. I arrived in May 2007 and have since worked for the Pan American Health Organization. Primarily, I am working to draft and implement a Family Health policy. I also volunteer part-time at Lotjes-Huis, a home for children displaced from their families.
B. Why Calculus 1 at SFSU? I am currently applying to Masters in Public Health programs for 2009-2010 and I needed to take a quantitative course. I researched many options and finally chose the online Calculus course offered through SFSU, taught by Professor Goetz. I was impressed by the course structure and Professor Goetz' support and responsiveness. I was also excited about participating in real time dialogue with my classmates.
C. Challenges in taking US based courses while abroad... Suprisingly, I ran into very few challenges. Suriname is certainly a developing country but as long as I gave myself plenty of time to work through power outages and bad internet connections, I was able to get my homework in on time and participate in discussions with my classmates. At all times, I had an open line of communication with Professor Goetz in case an unavoidable roadblock popped up but everything went quite smoothly. All the course required was a computer, an internet connection and a digital camera. Otherwise, all course materials were accessed online so I didn't need to worry about a textbook. Professor Goetz also provided very helpful links to differentiators, graphers and extensive background if further explanation was needed. Ultimately, my main resource was working through problems with my fellow classmates. I was always able to clear up any confusion I had and often by posting my concerns, other students realized what mistakes they had made and we worked through them together. The TA's were also extremely helpful in guiding you through a problem, rather than just giving you the solution. Often, Professor Goetz would post a response or question that would help clarify a concept as well. The lectures were extremely informative and the homework sets were well thought out an relevant.
D. I highly recommend this class to anyone living abroad. I was hesitant to engage in such an endeavour but putting off grad school another year was not an option. I'm so glad I took the course and I'm so grateful for Professor Goetz's support. The interface was straightforward and worked well on even the oldest computers. Being able to submit the homework by taking a picture was a breeze. As for the material itself, Professor Goetz made Calculus accessible to those of us who shunned math long ago. The pace was spot on and as long as I kept up with the lectures and the homework, I was never left behind. It is important to note that on average, I spent 10 hours a week which can be a lot for folks who are working but certainly doable.

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!
Tatyana - Thursday, 22 May 2008, 12:58 AM This was the first time I have taking an online class and honestly at first I had trouble with learning how to scan the hw and download it on gmail but after two times I was okay. This was a great experience for one I love the fact that I could view the hw at any time, go on ilearn and ask for hw and students were always on discussing hw and helping each other as well as I went to the math tutoring program in TH Hall 3 times a week doing hw asking questions and studying. It is really important to do all the hw and stay on top of it, maybe even try doing the hw earlier so you can get extra credit points. Being active on ilearn is also really important because its the same as attending lectures and participating really helps improve your grade as well as your understanding of the material.
Calculus was a very important subject for me because I am a BioChem major as well as I need to further take Cal 2 and 3.
For those of you who are business, science or any other majors I highly recommend you take Calculus especially with Professor Goetz because as we all know math is hard and sometimes boring but Goetz really gets to the point makes learning math interesting and actually fun because he uses real life situations to explain the methods and theorems. I really do recommend this class because its a great experience and you can learn a lot! Good luck with you future goals!

Jennifer - Friday, 23 May 2008, 08:28 AM This is my first time taking a online math class. It's not as difficult as I thought, but it cannot be compared to a face to face class setting. The most important thing is to keep up with the lectures and homework. I found that the lectures were the most helpful, because Dr. Goetz explained it very well. I bought the textbook, but I didn't find it to be helpful at all, but there were some examples in the book that were a little helpful for doing some of my homework assignments. But most of all, you should keep up with homework assignments so you won't fall behind, because once you fall behind, it's kind of hard to catch up when everyone is already ahead.