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Fastfood15
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So I need 6 points of math to get my poli sci degree. I got a 5 on the BC Ap test (somehow, i was shooting for a 3) so if i get a C or higher I get 6 points for taking Calc 3. Seems like a good use of time to me. I just took Calc 3/Diff Eq. my senior year of high school, but that was a blow off class. I would be surprised if I could get any questions right about Calc 3 on a placement test.

Anyways... how hard is calc 3? Any horror stories? I'm not afraid of doing the work this time around to actually learn the math, and I figure my previous exposure should help somewhat. I just want to be done with math.

Anyways... how hard is calc 3? Any horror stories? I'm not afraid of doing the work this time around to actually learn the math, and I figure my previous exposure should help somewhat. I just want to be done with math.

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## Replies to: Calc 3 difficulty

349Member1,367Senior MemberI'm not sure about this, but I think calc 4 is multivariable.

644Member284Junior MemberEdit: Calc III is also the introduction to multi-variable.

49Junior Member644MemberAlso, if I get the 6 points for Calc 3, does that mean I get credit for Calc 1 and thus complete the prerequisite for Calc 1 in the econ dept?

20New MemberShe pretty much advised us to take Calc 3 if we could...

13New Member198Junior Member43Junior Member164Junior MemberAlso, any general observations about newly minted PhDs for math classes? There's one from Princeton (Josh Greene) teaching 2 sections of Calc III this fall.

43Junior Member644Member1,200Senior MemberSeriously, I did not learn Calculus in that class. Jorgensen has such an intuitive grasp of the material that he's able to skip 80% of the work in a problem and still get the right answer.

I would get my homework (about 3 simple problems a week) and take it to my friends in Calc 3 who had other teachers. They would fill up two sides of a page just doing the math and then write a cleaner version on one side for their homework. I would do the same problem with Troels' method and it would be completely done in half a page.

He tells you that if you're spending more than half an hour on your homework, then you're taking to long and to stop doing it. He also says that homework shouldn't run longer than a page (double sided).

Of course, you don't really know what the hell you're doing so grading in the end can get a little arbitrary (a big part of it is whether you nice handwriting on the final).

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