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dtl42
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CC being a very intelligent environment, I was curious about how many sophomores (2010) are in Calculus BC or higher? Anyone know how many in the nation? Are your BC classes the first course in calculus that you've had? And finally what are you learning in them now?

I'm in Calculus II, not quite BC because we follow an actual college curriculum and cover much more than the BC curriculum. We just finished series/sequences.

I was curious because a lot of BC classes seem to be students' first courses in Calculus and I think this seems kind of dumb, because they lack some topics when they go into Multi-Variable. Also how good are you guys in math contests and competitions? I'm guessing many USAMO qualifiers.

Thanks

I'm in Calculus II, not quite BC because we follow an actual college curriculum and cover much more than the BC curriculum. We just finished series/sequences.

I was curious because a lot of BC classes seem to be students' first courses in Calculus and I think this seems kind of dumb, because they lack some topics when they go into Multi-Variable. Also how good are you guys in math contests and competitions? I'm guessing many USAMO qualifiers.

Thanks

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## Replies to: Sophomore Math Levels

764Member308Junior MemberEdit: after reading your post, I just thought I'd tell you that series and sequences is an example of a BC concept not covered in an AB only class.

1,089Senior MemberIt's incredibly difficult for anyone to take Calc so early on in our school- I only know of one, who graduated a couple years ago. A couple last year took it in their junior year and moved on to a local college for their senior year math...

I'd think that a lot of schools wouldn't be prepared to provide for students taking Calc BC/II during thier sophomore year, so it must be relatively rare.

4,032Senior MemberI believe you mean AB would not prepare people for multi-variable.

314MemberAs for competitions, I don't think school math level is a completely accurate judge of how well you do competitively. Last year, we had three qualifiers (two freshmen and one soph) for USAMO. One freshman and the soph were in precal (now BC), and the other freshman was in algebra II (now precal).

29,325Senior Member132Junior Member2,497Senior Member3,935Senior Member254Junior Member3,935Senior Member131Junior MemberIt's my dream to go to MIT or Princeton for physics. Obviously you need to go through the Calculus sequence to be considered a competitive applicant, but does it matter if you haven't taken Multi-variable calculus or other higher-level mathematics? Do alot of people get accepted with only Calculus BC under their belts? Does anyone know any reliable statistics of the math level of the admitted students to MIT?

3,935Senior Member349Member234Junior Member