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This was a fantastic course! The lecture videos have a production value that is quite high compared with other online courses. Professor Biss eloquently discusses the Beethoven Sonatas while seated at a grand piano, stopping here and there to illustrate a point by playing passages from the works. The material was pitched just right, so as to appeal to an audience with a wide variety of musical backgrounds, and Biss is obviously passionate about the sonatas. I had some previous experience with classical music, but I learned so much, not just about the history of Beethoven's piano sonatas, but about the classical period in general, and how to approach classical works as a listener.
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This course is terrific! Professor Fowler is brimming with enthusiasm about his subject and it's infectious. Every week I looked forward to new videos, practice problems, a new chapter of the textbook and a quiz. The videos are short (5-10 minutes), excellently paced (careful explanations without getting bogged down), and clear (explaining concepts in a conversational and easy way). The practice problems are crucial to getting hands-on experience with the concepts, plus they provide step by step hints and explanations if you want them. The course covers derivatives, applications of the derivative, Reimann sums, L'hopital's rule, the fundamental theorem of Calculus, integration, and a few applications of integration. I had studied pre-calculus years ago and was slightly nervous about taking a calculus course, but all of the anxiety about math went away during this course and I became truly fascinated with the subject. A totally positive experience!