Calculus 1A: Differentiation

Provided by:
10/10 stars
based on  9 reviews
Provided by:
Cost FREE
Start Date On demand

Course Details

Cost

FREE

Upcoming Schedule

  • On demand

Course Provider

edX online courses
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be tau...
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

Provider Subject Specialization
Sciences & Technology
Business & Management
22214 reviews

Course Description

How does the final velocity on a zip line change when the starting point is raised or lowered by a matter of centimeters?  What is the accuracy of a GPS position measurement?  How fast should an airplane travel to minimize fuel consumption? The answers to all of these questions involve the derivative. 

But what is the derivative?  You will learn its mathematical notation, physical meaning, geometric interpretation, and be able to move fluently between these representations of the derivative.  You will discover how to differentiate any function you can think up, and develop a powerful intuition to be able to sketch the graph of many functions.  You will make linear and quadratic approximations of functions to simplify computations and gain intuition for system behavior.  You will learn to maximize and minimize functions to optimize properties like cost, efficiency, energy, and power.  

...

How does the final velocity on a zip line change when the starting point is raised or lowered by a matter of centimeters?  What is the accuracy of a GPS position measurement?  How fast should an airplane travel to minimize fuel consumption? The answers to all of these questions involve the derivative. 

But what is the derivative?  You will learn its mathematical notation, physical meaning, geometric interpretation, and be able to move fluently between these representations of the derivative.  You will discover how to differentiate any function you can think up, and develop a powerful intuition to be able to sketch the graph of many functions.  You will make linear and quadratic approximations of functions to simplify computations and gain intuition for system behavior.  You will learn to maximize and minimize functions to optimize properties like cost, efficiency, energy, and power.  

Learn more about our High School and AP* Exam Preparation Courses

Calculus 1B: Integration

Calculus 1C: Coordinate Systems & Infinite Series

This course was funded in part by the Wertheimer Fund.

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

Reviews 10/10 stars
9 Reviews for Calculus 1A: Differentiation

Ratings details

  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.

Sort By
Phi Luu profile image
Phi Luu profile image

Phi Luu

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Very very good course! I love Professor Jerison! He is very good at explanation. He makes Calculus easier for students, and helps us on ramp to Calculus. Excellent course!
Was this review helpful? Yes1
 Flag
student profile image
student profile image

student

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
I studied Sciences and a lot of mathematics at University in Morroco for 4 years and even I take some mathematics 's moocs,,, but I never never never watched like this courses , the concepts are explained sliiiighly (step by step) but more deeply and this is veery important to increasing the understandig , to use these concepts for solving scientifcs problems I have also the chance to practice and improve more my English I'm thankful for this course,, thank you so much MIT thank you so much Edx
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
SANDEEP KHARAT profile image
SANDEEP KHARAT profile image

SANDEEP KHARAT

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
Thank you MITx. Best course to learn Differentiation right from basics to depth. Detailed and objective explanation make it easy to understand.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Malunga Mutunda profile image
Malunga Mutunda profile image

Malunga Mutunda

10/10 starsDropped
1 year, 10 months ago
Excellent course, detailed and objective explanation, easy-to-understand content, instructors with excellent teaching methods and the level of excellence of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) courses always very good, I took this course to review some concepts, I am completely satisfied, thank you so much.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Yajie Chang profile image
Yajie Chang profile image

Yajie Chang

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 10 months ago
I love professor david jerison ! I will take courses for him,because he lets me love math.I want to thank him face to face,BUT I am in China.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
 profile image
 profile image

10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
3 years, 10 months ago
Los contenidos del curso y la dificultad de los problemas que presentan son de un excelente nivel, pero hay errorcitos que cometen, cálculos que los instructores hacen mal y no los corrigen, cosa que afecta el progreso de los estudiantes y los hace perder tiempo. No obstante la dificultad del curso y su riguridad sobrepasa con creces el nivel de un curso de cálculo de cualquier otra universidad, que las hace parecer un chiste en comparación con este. En mi caso el curso de cálculo que aprobé en la Universidad de Costa Rica parece un juego de niños en comparación con este.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Alejandro Erdmenger profile image
Alejandro Erdmenger profile image

Alejandro Erdmenger

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Excellent course and excellent content. Absolutely happy with all that i have learned, thank you very very much for your work, time and talent in these! Gracias totales!!!!!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
N Genius profile image
N Genius profile image

N Genius

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
While the course material is great, the instructors fail to provide adequate technical support. When confronted with an issue, they will not try to resolve the issue. This course had a lot of potential. Too bad it is taught by those who do not care.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Elsayed  Mubarak profile image
Elsayed  Mubarak profile image

Elsayed Mubarak

8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years ago
i think its very important and good instractor
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag

Rating Details


  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.