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alving0107alving0107 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
edited August 2011 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Hi everyone! I've been playing around with PASS alot and i was wondering whether it was a good idea to take Calc 3 in my first quarter of college. The other possibility was to take Calc 2 first and just take Calc 3 my second quarter. (I passed out of Calc AB with a 4 and Calc BC with a 5 and an AB subscore of 5) Is taking Calc 3 going to potentially damage my GPA?
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  • j0npaej0npae Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I wouldn't really know because I'm an incoming freshman as well, but I think you should know the answer to that question. If Calc 3 is a possibility, then it's a possibility for a reason. I'm sure you'll do fine in Calc 3 as long as you retained most of the information taught in your AP Calc classes. I personally wouldn't want to start in a high-level math course only because I know I haven't retained any information during the summer. No one can answer that question, only you can! Good luck! The answerable question might have been "Has anyone done well in Calc 3 for their first quarter of college?" Which I cannot answer :[ hahaha.
  • NBrinkNBrink Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    Calc 2 and calc 3 aren't really even related much at all, so just so long as you remember how to integrate, I'd say skip calc 2.

    To be fair though, calc 3 did screw up my gpa. Got a B+ in Calc 2, an A- in Calc 4 and a D in Calc 3...
  • polyME2014polyME2014 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    My roommate was in the same position you are in her first quarter. She started out in Calc 3 and did just fine. If you are confident with Calc 2 then go for it! calc 3 ended up being my hardest course my first year but I got a B so it ended up well. As long as you have a good teacher and are willing to go into office hours, you should be fine. Or you can always sign up for a workshop. I find them to be very helpful :]
  • eduparenteduparent Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    If you have college credit for Calc 1 & 2 (via passing AP's), then at Cal Poly, you would start with Calc 3. You could start with Calc 2, but Cal Poly may not give you any college credit for it, as you've already passed it with your AP scores. Why not call Admissions (or they can direct you to the right office) and ask before deciding?
  • rocketmustangrocketmustang Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I was in the same situation as an incoming freshman a few years ago (now a graduate student). I went straight into calc 3 and can tell you that you will probably be fine. The only advice I would give you is that quarters are FAST. You need to study from the FIRST WEEK. It is much more difficult to catch up than it was in high school.

    I blew through high school pretty easily so my study habits weren't great as an incoming freshman. Do your very best to ace the first test of the quarter in all your classes because you will find that failing your first test and trying to climb out of it is not fun and usually doesn't end well. I went to a party the night before my first test and scored in the 50s. Luckily, many teachers will drop your lowest test score, or weight your better scores higher so don't give up if you do have a bad test. Study like crazy.

    If you get confused, GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Your teachers will help you if you ask, but attempt problems before you go so they can see exactly what you are confused about. This all really is general advice more than just to calc 3.

    IMO, taking calc 2 would be a waste of time.
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