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collegemom3
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Do most students use their AP credits to begin with a higher math: for instance, if a student took AP Calc BC in high school, would he register for Math 200 or take Math 190 to make sure his background in math is complete and have an easier first semester?

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## Replies to: Math at Brown

971Member4,654Senior MemberMath 19 and 20 are the sequence for engineers, and you'd go into math 20 if you've taken BC and gotten a 4 or 5.

155Junior Member12,425Senior Member4,654Senior MemberThat may seem crazy to some people, but I spend 18hrs on the midterm and 26 hrs on the final for Chem 145 and I thought it was fun. Oh, and I spent about 36 hours on the paper for that class...

12,425Senior Member526Member4,654Senior MemberPlus, the name comes from song lyrics, not personality traits, per se.

54Junior Member4,654Senior Member1,846Senior Member54Junior Member4,654Senior Member59Junior MemberIf you're not a math concentrator, 35 offers no real benefit, other than getting you acquainted with proofs earlier than others.

That being said, if you're a math concentrator, 18 (intermediate calc) really accomplishes the same thing as 35 from a more practical standpoint. A lot of brilliant students end up taking 18 and linear algebra at the same time. Why? Because the proofs in 35 aren't really necessary for math concentrators. In fact, if you find you learn MV better in 18, then you're actually ahead of the people who stick around in 35 and don't really learn as much of the actual calculus.

This might surprise you, but in 35, you don't get tested on the proofs that you painstakingly develop. Instead, you get tested on more straightforward problems, or problems that ask you to prove/disprove a statement. The class, however, has test questions that are not answered correctly over a span of a couple of years. The teachers use these questions to distinguish students for recommendations/future prospects.

However, it's really up to you whether or not you actually believe delta-epsilon proofs will be useful to you later on.

Just remember, most of the interesting mathematics is the stuff you take after you slug through MV, Linear, and DiffEQ (if you choose to even take this class).

Finally, even if you don't do proofs early on in Math 35, it really won't matter, since you'll be introduced to proofs later on anyways.