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dale.lebar
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Ello,

I took calculus 2 before the summer and I got a b+/a in the course. Now, at the end of the summer I have to take calc 3. IS calc 3 much harder than calc 2? I was told that Calculus 2 was the hardest, but I don't know. My fear is that in my calc 2 class, we were allowed to have "cheat sheets" on our tests. Essentially an index card with anything we wanted on it. So I had some help there, which I doubt in calc 3. But what do you all think? Is calc 3 harder than calc 2?

I took calculus 2 before the summer and I got a b+/a in the course. Now, at the end of the summer I have to take calc 3. IS calc 3 much harder than calc 2? I was told that Calculus 2 was the hardest, but I don't know. My fear is that in my calc 2 class, we were allowed to have "cheat sheets" on our tests. Essentially an index card with anything we wanted on it. So I had some help there, which I doubt in calc 3. But what do you all think? Is calc 3 harder than calc 2?

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## Replies to: Calculus 3 versus Calculus 2

660Member961MemberI got a 5 on the AP calculus BC exam and I received a B at Cornell in Calc 3. In my opinion, Calc 3 is infinitely harder (no pun intended) than calc 2. Maybe it's just me but I found it very difficult to visualize some of the graphs and concepts.

399Member1,251Senior Member1,828Senior MemberDefinitely use ratemyprofessor (or other service) to see how well liked your instructor is ahead of time.

961MemberCongrats on Rice. Don't waste the AP credit, there's really no point in repeating Calc II when it doesn't overlap much with Calc III. Just be prepared to work your arse off for calc III.

356MemberAt my school, a 5 on Calc BC doesn't get you out of Calc I and II, so almost everyone takes them.

4,706Senior Member6,608Senior Member329MemberGrade systems can vary too... in my college we have different grading systems for Calc II and Calc III, for god only knows what reason. In Calc II, a grade of 90% or better before the final allows one to skip it. But in Calc III, the final is mandatory and worth 20% of the grade. Needless to say, that Calc III grading system makes it much more difficult straight out of the gate.

530Member111Junior MemberAnd Calc III is more interesting anyway.

162Junior MemberSorry for reviving a dead thread, but I felt a separate thread was sort of unnecessary :P

4,706Senior Member6,608Senior Member