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abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
edited August 2006 in Transfer Students
I am taking Calc II this fall in my sophmore year, i know i am very behind, but what should i do? should i take Calc III in the spring and linear algebra in the summer? please guys i am very behind, what should i do to catch up? do most colleges have Calc III in the winter?
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  • dhl3dhl3 Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    RULE #1: NEVER EVER take any hard math (any of the Calc, linear algebra) during the winter or summer. You only have 1 month to finish the entire math course, and that will pretty much kill you off while trying to get an A (which will be much much harder).
  • abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
    ? i took my calc I class in the summer, and it was hard, but i worked my ass off. personally i found it to be math for retards.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    I took Calc III in the summer...grueling, but not so bad. I'd prefer it then over the fall when I'll be taking 5 other classes.

    And Calc II in the fall of sophomore year isn't "behind." Just complete Calc III on time and don't worry a/b LinAlg. Why do you need it?
  • dhl3dhl3 Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    so I'm a retard?
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    I think that's what he meant...lol

    What math are you going into dhl3, or are ya done?
  • abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
    to be honest i am ashamed i am in such a low level math class :( biggest regret was not taking it in highschool with all the other AP's. i took 6 ap's in HS but senior yr when i had the option of taking calc, like a f'n artard i took AP government and politics. so in other words when i took the math placement after a senior year with no math, i flunked it like a moron. i had to take college alegbra with calc application.
  • abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
    dhl bro i love u man, i dont think your retarted. your to fine looking ;). good looking people shouldnt feel down, we worship you guys. brand182 iam majoring in econ, i need to take linear alegbra, i think?
  • dhl3dhl3 Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    abethebutcher, I passed by AP calc exam when I was a senior, but i still took calc I in the college. Guess what? I got a B in it! but I dont regret it at all cuz by taking that Calc I, it prevented me from getting a B (or even a C) in my Calc II. Calc I refreshed my memory and was a major factor in getting an A in Calc II.

    brandon, lemme get your personal advice:

    This semester, I'm taking Business Calculus, which is not even a real math course (you know what i mean), but im just taking it so I can at least breathe while doing all these other stuff.

    But in the Spring, I'll be taking the REAL math class. question is, my math requirement is basically done (Calc I/II) and being a Business/Econ major and all, Statistics will be used a lot in my future courses.

    Would you recommend me taking Statistics or just complete all of my Calc courses and get it over with?
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    I dunno why you'd need Linear Algebra...at least, for Econ at UT you definitely don't need to take it. The highest math class that most colleges want for majors that aren't math/science related is typically Calc II. I have a friend that was accepted into Rice this year with only Calc I and he's doing Economics. So I wouldn't think you need it. When I was telling ppl what math I'd done, they all thought I was a math major (probably minor though). So most people that end up taking Diff Eq/Lin Alg by the end of their soph year, if at all, are math/science majors.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    dhl3 - I'd do Statistics just because it matters more if you're majoring in Econ. You'll be using that kinda stuff a lot more than Calculus, which is usually why if you really wanna get some good math in as an Econ major, you complete Calc I/II and Stats. If you have time, take Calc III. The only reason I've taken so many is because

    1) The only upper level courses at my CC are math courses, so that's the only way to set myself above the rest of the pack

    2) I enjoy math and will minor in it.

    If anything, you could always take Calc III at UC/USC right? I'd think they'd wanna see a Statistics grade instead of a Calc III grade b/c it's more relevant to your major.
  • abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
    "abethebutcher, I passed by AP calc exam when I was a senior, but i still took calc I in the college. Guess what? I got a B in it! but I dont regret it at all cuz by taking that Calc I, it prevented me from getting a B (or even a C) in my Calc II. Calc I refreshed my memory and was a major factor in getting an A in Calc II."
    im sorry i dont follow your logic. you took it as a refresher? did you take it because you were compelled to take it or because you honestly feel like dropping your GPA? it makes no sence, why you would take it for a refresher. you could have just taken calc II and worked your butt off.
  • brand_182brand_182 Posts: 7,589Registered User Senior Member
    nah I think he did the right thing even if he did get a B. Without a good grasp of Calc I, a student will usually get their ass kicked my Calc II b/c it's the hardest of the Calculus courses.
  • dhl3dhl3 Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    abe.
    i took it because I'm a retard.

    but really, I seriously dunno how i managed to pass my AP exam (I barely passed it with a 3). I didnt' pay any attention in the class (I got B-) and I was half asleep too, so i couldn't understand half the thing in the calculus.

    So going straight to calc II would mean restudying half the calc I material WHILE working my butt off just to catch up with the calc II. I couldn't risk it. I might have even gotten a C by doing it.

    Besides, although i got a B in Calc I, i got an A in the harder math, so I just hope UCLA adcom will look it as a "academic progression".

    but also, I'm a retard.
  • abethebutcherabethebutcher Posts: 228- Junior Member
    dhl........it took cahones to say that. no one here loves you more than i do, now , your papa bear ya got that. not only are you my ponay boy, u deliver important packages to my house. stay solid now
  • dhl3dhl3 Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    oh and just as an advice:

    MASTER the integration.

    By mastering:
    - immediately knowing which integration rule to use
    - doing it accurately
    - knowing what the integration indicates

    Integration should be the BASIC of the BASICS in the calculus, and if you don't master that, you'll have a very difficult time with Calc II.
    I remember studying 5 hours a day for two weeks just on mastering the integration. And it turned out, those two weeks really paid off FOR THE REST OF MY CALC II SESSIONS.
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