The accelerated single variable calculus classes Math 41 and 42 will be phased out in 2017-2018, according to Stanford’s Department of Mathematics.
In the midst of student feedback, the Math 50 series has undergone a comprehensive review with new reforms specifically for Math 51. Almost 400 students enroll in Math 51 each year, and starting fall 2015, the course will incorporate more active learning, a more application-based curriculum, and interwoven linear algebra and calculus aspects.
There is no royal road to multivariable calculus, and the LU decomposition mentioned in the Op-Ed is only one of many ways to deeply understand methods in linear algebra. The general difficulty of learning mathematics has confronted everyone from King Ptolemy I to Einstein, and it is not meaningful to make comparisons with introductory courses in other departments.
While the introductory computer science course CS106A spiked in enrollment fall quarter, the fundamental introductory courses in other departments such as mathematics, chemistry and economics enrolled a similar number of students as previous quarters, according to numbers on Axess.
A number of first-year or introductory-level classes, including Math 51, Chem 31A, Econ 1A and CS 106A, with 600 students enrolled this quarter, have seen increased enrollment over the past few years, while various departments have employed a variety of tactics to keep students engaged. Math 51 is one of the most commonly taken introductory…
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