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Anyone Ever Taken an Online Math Class?

  1. Aug 20, 2014 #1
    My school offers online courses and I'm considering taking one for Precalculus (to brush up on my skills before taking Calc.).

    My question is whether or not taking an online course for math of all subjects would be detrimental in anyway. I'm not even sure how it's structured (still awaiting instructor email response), but the thought of not being able to have face-to-face interaction kind of bothers me slightly.

    On the upside, I am recovering from a herniated disk!!!, so doing as many online courses this semester would be a great boon for me! I honestly don't want to move around too much and this would absolutely save me some physical pain/annoyance! :approve:

    Still, math just seems like a subject that's not meant for online if you know what I mean. Anyone have experiences and care to share?
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  3. Aug 26, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not generating any responses at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us? Any new findings?
  4. Aug 31, 2014 #3


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    I took both Algebra 1 and 2 online, with relative success. Many of my follow up math classes used online components to supplement the coursework.

    Take a look at http://interactmath.com/home.aspx

    Choose a textbook that resembles the level you will be taking, and you can get a good idea of what an online math class may be like.
  5. Sep 5, 2014 #4
    I actually spoke with the professor and was told it would be better to stay away from the online class in my case. I'm not so good with math and so I was told I'd benefit more from being able to interact more directly in person with a class setting. There were other factors in my case as well, but long story short I won't be taking it.

    Thanks anyways though.
  6. Sep 5, 2014 #5
    I took an Trig class online through WVU last summer, so I'd be able to skip into Calculus-I and Physics 201(Calculus based) this semester. I think it just takes discipline. By that I mean at this college most of the online classes split the course into two sections. Pre and post midterm. All the assignments in Pre-midterm are due before midterm break, post-midterm on the last day of semester. This allows you the push back responsibilities if you, for example, are not getting enough sleep. If you fall back on this cushion too much, then it'll end up in a far more chaotic post-midterm.

    I'm not great at mathematics myself, but I believe there are enough resources on the internet and libraries that most people can be taught without Face-to-face interaction. If you have questions there are forums (we're on one). Though if you needed that face-to-face interaction there is always the option of getting a on/off campus tutor. Sorry if this didn't really help.
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