“Dataquest teaches you how you do data analysis in the real world. Dataquest is well-suited for folks with busier schedules. The lessons are broken into smaller chunks, so it’s really conducive to that. You only have an hour, okay, well, just do one or two lessons and that’s fine.”

Data Analyst Consultant @Fractal

## Course overview

Calculus is one of the core mathematical concepts behind machine learning, and enables us to understand the inner workings of different machine learning algorithms. It plays an important role in the building, training, and optimizing machine learning algorithms.

In this course, you’ll learn to work with linear and nonlinear functions, including decomposing a linear equation into slope and y-intercept or defining slope. You’ll also learn to use limits, including representing slope using limits, defining defined and undefined limits, and computing limits using SymPy. Finally, you’ll identify extreme points in a nonlinear function and compute the derivative of a nonlinear function.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser.

## Key skills

• Defining mathematical functions using calculus
• Employing intermediate machine learning techniques

## Course outline

### Understanding Linear and Nonlinear Functions 1h

Lesson Objectives
• Decompose a linear equation into slope and y-intercept
• Define slope

### Understanding Limits 1h

Lesson Objectives
• Represent slope using limits
• Define defined and undefined limits
• Compute limits using SymPy

### Finding Extreme Points 1h

Lesson Objectives
• Identify extreme points in a nonlinear function
• Compute the derivative of a nonlinear function

## The Dataquest guarantee

Dataquest has helped thousands of people start new careers in data. If you put in the work and follow our path, you’ll master data skills and grow your career.

We believe so strongly in our paths that we offer a full satisfaction guarantee. If you complete a career path on Dataquest and aren’t satisfied with your outcome, we’ll give you a refund.

## Master skills faster with Dataquest

### Go from zero to job-ready

Learn exactly what you need to achieve your goal. Don’t waste time on unrelated lessons.

Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

### Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

Share the evidence of your hard work with your network and potential employers.

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### Aaron Melton

“Dataquest starts at the most basic level, so a beginner can understand the concepts. I tried learning to code before, using Codecademy and Coursera. I struggled because I had no background in coding, and I was spending a lot of time Googling. Dataquest helped me actually learn.”

### Jessica Ko

#### Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

“I liked the interactive environment on Dataquest. The material was clear and well organized. I spent more time practicing then watching videos and it made me want to keep learning.”

### Victoria E. Guzik

#### Associate Data Scientist at Callisto Media

“I really love learning on Dataquest. I looked into a couple of other options and I found that they were much too handhold-y and fill in the blank relative to Dataquest’s method. The projects on Dataquest were key to getting my job. I doubled my income!”

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