Calculus, Semester 1

Michael Gold
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(162)
Calculus for those who want a more traditional, in-depth calculus course, taught by an experienced teacher. We will strive for mastery and understanding.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
To understand the concept of limit.
To understand the concept of derivative.
To know the rules of derivatives.
To be able to analyze graphs using derivatives
To know how to solve problems using derivatives.
To be prepared for a year-long calculus course.
To understand how the derivative is useful to fields like physics, chemistry, and biology. 
To learn some logic and thinking skills that will help all through life in all areas of life.
I have a degree in mathematics, and have taught calculus (and all math from pre-algebra through calculus and statistics) for decades.  Because I have studied philosophy, physics, chemistry, and biology, I can help you see how and where calculus is useful in life, help you see how it developed in history, and will help you draw life lessons from it. 

What matters is not so much my credentials (which, yes, I have, as you can see in my profile bio), but the success of my students. Those successes are my real credentials. Here are some:

“My 13 yo son got a lot out of this class. The teacher is funny. I wasn’t around much but when I was there was some hilarious things going on. But not all the kids got his humor. That was so funny because they didn’t realize some of his humor. He makes class interesting and fun but also serious and talks about how things will help them in the future. We would do another class in the future but it’s just a little expensive for us to do classes all the time. Not a bad price it’s just hard to do that all the time.” –Lindsay W., parent, “Geometry Essentials, Semester 1,” 10 Mar 2021

"My 14 year old appreciated the feel of a real class – we even signed up for Part 2. There were a lot of practice problems and then he would review how to walk through it.” –An Outschool parent, “Summer Geometry Preview/Review, Session 1,” 25 Jul 2020

“Great overview of what geometry class will be like in the upcoming school year. It teaches you how to think about geometry, and the importance of logic and systematic thinking in general.” –Gita S., parent, “Summer Geometry Preview/Review, Session 1,” 28 Jun 2020

“This class helped my son prepare for 9th grade Geometry Honors. He felt the teacher was very prepared, extremely knowledgeable, worked at a good pace for understanding and was thorough. There was time for questions and help if needed. He enjoyed taking this class.” –Laura S., parent, “Summer Geometry Preview/Review, Session 1,” 22 Aug 2021

“Great class! The teacher is very knowledgeable. My son learned a lot. The teacher is very good in explaining details as well as the bigger picture, why it is important, how it is used. I wish math was always taught this way.” –Anna, parent, “Math Lab: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Basics,” 28 May 2020

“My son knew a little about these (self-taught, because he’s interested) before, but he liked the class a lot and it’s pretty clear that what he he learned here made them “stick” better than they were before. I looked at his notes, and, honestly, I wish I’d had this type of explanation of this material when I was in trig. My son has taken several classes from this teacher and enjoyed all of them, likes this teacher’s style.” –Julie M., parent, “Math Lab: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Basics,” 9 Jun 2020

“Very useful and informative class. Just what we needed. Very good teacher.” –Aleksandra K., parent, “Math Lab: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Basics,” 27 Apr 2020

“My son loved this course. He said that the teacher was really funny. I have never seen my son so excited about math. Thank you, Mr. Gold!” –Rosa L., parent, “Math Lab: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Basics,” 26 Mar 2020

Dylan T, ex-high school student now in his 20s: "I really did learn more than geometry and math taking classes with you. I learned to reason and use logic to start solving things in everyday life. It’s pretty useful at work when I use reasoning to find root causes, and to find and fix problems. You teach people how to THINK!"

Mr. M, high school teacher of Madison S; quote from emailed note from teacher to parent "I agree with you 100%. [Madison] has gone from a D/C student to a B/A student. She is knocking it out of the park right now, not just by getting the work done but by also doing it correctly. It is nice to have her as a student I can rely on to do her work and know how to do it. I know that she has tried to share her story with others to encourage them to just try and do their work, that Algebra is not as hard as they are making it out to be and I appreciate that. I hope she finishes up the year strong."

Joe S, ex-high school student: "I tutored with Michael for physics and calculus at the end of my senior year of high school in order to prepare myself for my first semester of engineering at Texas A&M University. Not only was I prepared enough to feel comfortable and excel in the coursework my 1st semester but Michael introduced me to thinking about problems as a whole and inductively (a thought process which has helped in every form of learning). To this day, 7 years later, I still use this method to help me solve problems and learn, in work and in life, more effectively. I highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to not only improve their grades but also to improve their ability to problem-solve and appreciate learning."

Rajiv R, ex-junior high and high school student:  "Michael sets the standard for excellence among tutoring services. I was a student of Michael Gold for around 7 years, and the education I received has had an immeasurably positive impact on my life.

"I originally only sought out tutoring for Geometry & Algebra, during middle school, in order to place into higher level math classes. I found the tutoring to be so valuable that I continued my lessons even after placing into and acing my desired courses -- I received tutoring in math through high school and some of college (all the way up to 3D Calculus). Additionally, I received tutoring for English and Grammar, Physics, SAT prep and more.

"Gold's tutoring helped me achieve A's in my classes and great scores on standardized tests, but this was just the 'tip of the iceberg.' With each lesson I also learned how to better think logically, carefully, and reasonably. These skills are essential to life and have helped me immensely - I still use the learning/study methods I developed through Gold's lessons to earn top scores in many college courses and to do well in my work and hobbies.

"I will forever be grateful to Gold Academy, and highly recommend the service to any student who is looking to start learning, thinking and living."
Homework Offered
Homework will come from the Larson text we use. We can also use free worksheets on the Internet -- there are plenty!
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
If parents would like to make a course in which tests and quizzes are given and graded, we could arrange that.
Grades Offered
If parents would like to make a course in which tests and quizzes are given and graded, we could arrange that.
We will use Calculus (10th ed) by Larson and Edwards, available for free at

Or, if you would like a hard copy, you can buy one here:

A graphing calculator like the TI-84, TI-89, HP Prime, or a Casio, is recommended. Or you can use Desmos and WolframAlpha.

If you want some extra insight or different perspectives, you can read:
1. Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson:
2.  Calculus For The Practical Man by Thompson J. E.:

The 7th edition of Larson and Edwards is here:

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(162)
I teach individual and group classes in math (arithmetic through calculus and statistics), physics, chemistry,  nature study ("natural history"), SAT prep, ACT prep, grammar, writing, logic, thinking skills, and physical fitness. 

Being a... 
Group Class


for 42 classes
3x per week, 14 weeks
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-18
4-14 learners per class

SafetyPrivacyCA PrivacyLearner PrivacyTerms
Outschool International
Get The App
Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
© 2024 Outschool