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# AP Calc AB... is it going to get harder?

Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
edited September 2007
Right now our class is doing derivatives and it seems fairly easy so far. Is it going to get any harder later or are the information going to be generally the same difficulty? If so, how much harder?
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## Replies to: AP Calc AB... is it going to get harder?

• Registered User Posts: 513 Member
Integration is only a tiny bit harder than differentiation.
• Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
So Calculus is mainly about limits, differentiation, and integration??
• Registered User Posts: 855 Member
...and applications of them (max's/min's, concavity, rectilinear motion, related rates, area/volume, slope field, etc.)

I found AP Calc fairly easy. Integration was slightly harder than differentiation but that's because I'm prone to stupid mistakes.
• Registered User Posts: 810 Member
Some people struggle a bit with the applications of derivatives and integrals...

But if you can handle the applications, you should be fine.
• Registered User Posts: 8,093 Senior Member
From what I've heard, yes.

It's been fairly easy for me so far, except that annoying Chain Rule is somewhat hard for me.
• Registered User Posts: 1,772 Senior Member
If you understand derivatives, than anti-derivatives aren't going to present too much of a problem for you either. That would also pretty much sum up what you learn.
• Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I loved derivatives! Cherish the easiness. It got really hard for me by the end, but it really depends on the person.

Good luck!
• Registered User Posts: 301 Member
Intergrals are gonna get tough. The concept is but the actual problems get hard. Some of the problems are very tough toi solve, and prolly your teacher is gonna make you do questions that don't even show up on the exam. Applications in general are fairly diffucult.
• Registered User Posts: 301 Member
I mean the concepts of intergrals are easy*
• Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
If you understand the concepts (actually read the book carefully), have good algebra skills and know application, you're all set.

The hardest part to understand was integrals IMO, but if you understand how functions work and grasp basic calc concepts, you should get through most of the non-convoluted problems (some will have you just staring blankly).

Now epsilon delta proofs..... (Thank god that's not in the curriculum)
• Registered User Posts: 783 Member
yes, calculus i just limits, derivatives, and integrals in a nutshell. i found myself to be prone to error but just make sure u verify things in ur calculator. also, some "proofs" can be a little difficult sometimes. volume by cylindrical shells/washer method is kinda annoying at times but ull get teh hang of it...

ez overall
• Registered User Posts: 1,068 Senior Member
Derivatives are easy. Integrals are easy for the most part. You might have the occaisonal problem with trig identities and whatnot but it's not too bad. Bad is having to take second partial derivatives with respect to variables (fortunately this has nothing to do with AP Calculus).
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