# MATH 100

## Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering

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Prof: Dragos Ghioca / Fall 2023

May 21, 2024

This course is not 100 level...it's obvious that they use this course as a filter. The WebWork thing is a Torture that violates the Geneva Conventions It's not that hard to pass it, but you definitely need a considerable math knowledge reserve to get high marks.

Basic calculus operations other than integration, including derivative etc. Be prepared for the torture of auto grading... The numbers for each student's WebWork questions are randomly generated, so in many cases the amount of calculations will be outrageous, and you often don't know which step of calculation is wrong. Projects are not designed for you to solve it. I think it's just a way for them to screen out math geniuses. My contribution to my team is primarily of emotional value. The final exam is divided into two parts. Part A is basic knowledge. There are 25 questions in this part, and you must answer 50% of them correctly, otherwise you will fail the exam. Part B is also a filter, I couldn't even understand the questions at the time. I don't know if it was useful, but I complet...read more

One of the best professor you can have in this school. Dr Ghioca is very patient and cares about his students. His enthusiasm for every class burns like a nuclear reactor, and he gets applause from his students after every class (I've never seen this on other classes!). But to be honest, the class itself doesn't deserve Dr Ghioca.

If you're not a math person, you're going to have a miserable time; I barely got through by rote memorization. And you need a math guy to be your teammate, otherwise you're cooked :)

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Prof: Matt Coles / Winter 2023

Dec 24, 2023

Course was very poorly taught and unorganized. Material was so difficult and made me lose all motivation to study the content. The assignments were ridiculous and extremely time consuming. The midterms were out of 20 and 12 and consisted of questions that were much harder than the material in the homework and what was taught. There were no part marks offered on the first part of the final exam and you had to get at least 13/25 to pass the course.

We were taught things that are supposed to be taught in math 300. Many students taking this class just need math 100 and 101, so the content was not useful

Nice person bad professor

I wish I knew that I would be expected to know how approach and solve problems that are way above a first year math class despite us being shown no examples in class.

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Prof: Matt Coles / Winter 2023

Dec 15, 2023

Spent too much time on basic content but too less time for the harder ones . Working in groups is a bad idea , most people just dissapear near the due dates . No ans will be posted for those additional problems , so it may be hard to verify your answer .

Boring ,

Dont take this class unless you have lots of time or you love math . If you didnt take high school calculus you should probably choose MATH 180 ( which has the same course content but different difficulty)

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Prof: Bennett / Winter 2023

Feb 22, 2023

I've never experienced such a poorly designed course. Even after recieving a decent score of 85 percent, I felt that this course was organized like a mess with people rioting over piazza due to marks being deducted from assignments because of grammar. I thought this was a math course? Additionally, classes are way too long for the material they teach. I remember for half the class, we were proving and learning slopes. This would be fine if what they taught us accurately reflected our homework, but our homework was way tougher than the actual class content. If you did not take calculus in highschool, then you would be a goner unless if you wanted to sacrifice all your other courses. An example of a well organized course would be cpsc 110. Despite the fast pace of cpsc 110, at least lecture ...read more

LEARN CALCULUS IN HIGHSCHOOL!!!

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Prof: Lior Silberman / Fall 2022

Jan 26, 2023

This is for "Flavour" 100C. I felt the design of this class was very bad, maybe because it was the first iteration of this course (before it was MATH104). The whole benchmark grading system was very confusing, as well as homework that was somehow in groups. Meaning that basically, one person who knew how to do it did everything. I wished that the assignments that were given out were simply individual. Another thing that was problematic was the spacing of the lectures and the "small classes". It was difficult to go through 2 hours of calculus lectures once per week, and it made the content very hard to retain. The small class was not bad though.

Content-wise - if you have never taken calculus before in high school, it would be very tough. In addition to normal differentiation, we also covered partial derivatives and 3D optimization (using partial derivatives). The part about Lagrange optimization was very very confusing, and I do not understand teaching that to first-year students without knowledge of Linear Algebra yet. Also very big problem - THERE IS NO ONE TEXTBOOK. The content spanned sections of THREE DIFFERENT TEXTBOOKS. It, therefore, feels very weirdly structured and jumps around a lot. Also, the exercises in the textbook were not representative of the final at all.

Lior is smart but he teaches too fast (maybe because of the structure of the content). He never does the arithmetic and laughs weirdly a lot. He will definitely answer your questions though, so ask away.

Do more questions I guess

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Prof: Dragos / Winter 2021

Jul 17, 2022

This is a pretty difficult course for a lot of first year students. This is going to be the wake up call for a lot of people.

Differential calculus

One of the best math profs at UBC. Just look at rate my professor.

Do the CLP often. The CLP textbook contains past exam questions and detailed solutions with steps.

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Prof: I Don’t Remember It Was 2017 / Fall 2017

Mar 16, 2021

I took this class by accident. I am not in engineering, but I am in science. This class made me hate math. I cried a lot. I was failing by November but somehow pulled it all together to ace the exam and end the class with a B-. I promptly deleted the whole class from my memory after that.

PLEASE if you are in science take the science version of this class. Do not mess with the engineers. They are not your friends.

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Prof: Dragos / Winter 2020

Dec 30, 2020

Well structured course, but the course coordinator seemed very keen to keep the average at the historical average of ~65% despite this being an online term, unlike MATH 104, where the course coordinator decided not to scale (the course average was ~77% for MATH 104). Overall, I feel like the professors could have been more considerate. Some quizzes and assignment marks were dropped and the course was laid out quite well with a clear grading scheme, but not being able to show working for partial marks and a difficult final clearly made so that the course coordinator could scale our grades to the historical average really didn't make me feel like it was completely fair.

Try to truly understand the concepts, because the conceptual questions are the questions that they get you with. If you're taking it online, REALLY explore the tools you have and see what kind of questions you can tackle with calculators (WolframAlpha can do more than you think!)

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Prof: Bennett / Winter 2020

Dec 29, 2020

This course was very easy this year. This course is very good for learning methodical computer data entry with error-checking. I can safely say that it has prepared me for future data-entry assignments that may involve strange or inconsistent formatting.

The whole trick is to verify all of your answers on the test using Desmos graphing calculator, Wolfram Alpha, and Google. One of the potential pitfalls is making a small syntax error on an exam question and getting 0/10. Don't leave your mark to chance, run everything through the computer twice and focus on the data entry aspects of the course.

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Prof: Mike Bennet / Fall 2020

Dec 29, 2020

Don't listen to the haters of this course, they are all just salty. Overall this was probably the one of the best run courses in term 1. The teaching team was great, and the exam style was quite good as well. Since you get either 0 or 1 for each question it really tests how complete your knowledge is instead of letting people bs free marks. If you made a calculation error or syntax error thats completely on you, since we are even allowed online calculators, in fact you can even input your raw answer into webwork(no external calculation needed). Syntax you should be completely used to, if you did the assignments(very well designed btw). Overall, it is just your standard difficult first year math course. Completely fair by all means in my humble opinion.

If this course is still online: they will generally ask more conceptual questions in the exam. So when you are preparing by doing other questions, make sure you not only get the correct answer(if not re-attempt the entire question from scratch until you get it), but you need to TRULY UNDERSTAND the overlying concepts. Understand, not memorize.

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Prof: Mike Bennet / Fall 2020

Dec 27, 2020

I thought it was very well taught. It was essentially a review of high school Calculus but taught at a fast enough pace and with slightly harder questions so that it wasn't boring. Most of the course was very easy with a few hard problems every now and then. The final was made extremely difficult though.

Anyone who's taken basic high school calculus will do fine. That said, be sure to take the tests seriously as they can be challenging.

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Prof: Ghioca / Fall 2018

Dec 21, 2020

It's been a while since I've taken this course, so I'll answer to the best of my ability. I can't speak for other professors, but I found Ghioca to be a great professor! Does a great job in making a dry subject as calculus to be interesting! On the topic of final exams, this may just be a rumor but from what I understand - before Fall 2018 the MATH100 final exam was the same as the MATH184 exam, a course for students who HAD NOT taken high school calculus. This may explain why previous year exam's were significantly easier. In Fall 2018, the department decided to make separate final exams. Not sure if they've stuck with that decision. I found the final to definitely test harder on your understanding of theories and concepts than previous exams.

For people who have credits from AP Calculus - DON'T USE THEM! I had credits for it but I am so glad I didn't use them because the level of difficulty will definitely ramp up for the latter half of the course. This course will also set you up for future math courses since it's only going to get harder from here. Really try to nail your understanding of the theoretical side of this course for the final (since I found the final for my term focused on this). There are great online resources like patrickJMT on Youtube or even Khan Academy since it's a 100 level course. For incoming first years: if you don't get the grades you were hoping, you are definitely not alone. I know how it feels to get an exam back and seeing the grade be like 30-40% lower than expected. Do make an effort to make ...read more

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Prof: Bachmann / Fall 2020

Dec 20, 2020

Bachmann is terrible, by far the worst out of the three-headed monster teaching MATH 100 this term (Bennett who seemed alright, Ghioca who is a God apparently, and Bachmann who can't say a coherent sentence). Also, they screwed us over by pulling a 180 on the final (went from simple application questions on midterms, to theory/conceptual questions on the final which caused widespread panic).

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