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What's the hardest Calculus course?

ShacklefordShackleford Posts: 609Registered User Member
edited August 2010 in Engineering Majors
Cal I, II, or III, or Diff EQ?

I'm in my first Cal course ever. I made a 90 on the first exam, and I'd be surprised if I did as "well" on the second one I took today. Heh. Working on the homework sets the nights right before the exam is not a good idea! I've been having to learn things right before, rather than review, which is the way it should be. I need to practice better study habits.
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Replies to: What's the hardest Calculus course?

  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    Calc II is generally seen as the biggest weeder.
  • Dirt McGirtDirt McGirt Posts: 394Registered User Member
    I think Calc III is the hardest class I have taken out of everything.
  • ShacklefordShackleford Posts: 609Registered User Member
    EVERYTHING everything?
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    I wondered the same thing. It is possible, but I think the difficulty is more a function of the professor than the material...
  • rocketDArocketDA Posts: 1,565Registered User Senior Member
    MultiV II?
    Maybe DiffEqs II?
  • Dirt McGirtDirt McGirt Posts: 394Registered User Member
    I'm sure it didn't help that my prof wasn't the best at speaking english. We had a lot of proofs too, which I'm pretty bad at.
  • ShacklefordShackleford Posts: 609Registered User Member
    I hate formal proofs. Leave those to the mathematicians! Haha.
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Posts: 1,571Registered User Senior Member
    Calc III is harder to understand, but easier to do.
  • boomer01boomer01 Posts: 891Registered User Member
    I think Calc II was the hardest with taylor and maclaurin series..Calc III is pretty easy..
  • tivesrxtivesrx Posts: 651Registered User Member
    Im at cal too, most people I know did really well on the first math 1a midterm. My roommate got %100. Personally I think calc 3 (math 53) is the hardest computationally and seeing things in 3d. I'm in math 54, or linear algebra and differential equations,and so far the computation in it is not hard, but the math is very abstract. All about subspaces, transformations, sometimes defining new ways of adding and multiplying. Calc1-3 is a lot of learning processes like integrating, solving series, but math 54, has lots and lots of math vocabullary and doing things that you cant really visualize.
  • rocketDArocketDA Posts: 1,565Registered User Senior Member
    3D isn't hard. 5D is :)

    field flow (time dependent):
    (x,y,z,f(x,y,z,t),t)

    but is Calc II at Cal like Vector Calculus?
  • tivesrxtivesrx Posts: 651Registered User Member
    No that would be calc 3. Calc 2 expands on calc 1 and introduces new integration techniques, and introduces sequences and series, which I hate.
  • sesshomaru511sesshomaru511 Posts: 206Registered User Junior Member
    how is calculus different from algebra?
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    Honestly, once you get past the math it really doesn't seem as hard. System modeling seems to have no bounds to difficulty.
  • Dirt McGirtDirt McGirt Posts: 394Registered User Member
    3D isn't hard. 5D is

    field flow (time dependent):
    (x,y,z,f(x,y,z,t),t)

    That would be 4D since f is a function of the other variables.
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