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Math 55 Headcount!

goldenratiophigoldenratiophi Registered User Posts: 1,149 Senior Member
edited December 2009 in Harvard University
So who else is going to take Math 55 if they get into Harvard?

*raises hand*
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Replies to: Math 55 Headcount!

  • collegehopefullcollegehopefull Registered User Posts: 1,210 Senior Member
    * reads line ' fairly fluent in the writing of proofs ' *

    *mumbles about how crappy his public school is*

    Nope.
  • v3rtv3rt Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I sat in on Math 55 when I visited and loved that a math discussion in a classroom could be so rigorous and elegant and fun. Count me in. (Now I just have to get through the rest of high school 0_o)
  • the prophetthe prophet Registered User Posts: 715 Member
    yea. and now i just need to get into harvard.
  • 10011001 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    eh... probably.
    I heard over 50% of the class drops out by the end of each year.
  • White_RabbitWhite_Rabbit Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    Most of the "class" drops out by the end of the first week. It is more then just ability, a friend of mine took Calc BC as a Freshman in HS and ended up taking 23 this year. It is time commitment. You have to be somewhere near IMO ability AND want to do math homework for 40 to 60 hours some weeks. At least that is my impression.
  • wildchartermagewildchartermage Registered User Posts: 1,003 Senior Member
    what kind of stuff they teach in math 55?
  • White_RabbitWhite_Rabbit Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    Basically all four years of the undergraduate math carriculum. I think the offical title is Honors Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra or something like that. Google it for some articles.
  • thecountthecount Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    i heard about someone who takes math 55. they say he literally carries his homework everywhere with him, and does it whenever he has a free second.

    ...so i think the fact that you're wasting time on the internet right now and not doing math homework has already disqualified you. sorry.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
    so i think the fact that you're wasting time on the internet right now and not doing math homework has already disqualified you.

    I imagine that we don't get many posts on CC from students currently enrolled in Harvard's Math 55. A few alumni of the course have posted here before.
  • Mal77Mal77 Registered User Posts: 870 Member
    Today we spent calc class reading about Math 55. Lol- what a blast we had.

    The textbook is described as a "book forged in the fires of hell". Multiple students have given accounts on the first homework assignment- which is 14 or so questions each with individual steps. Students took anywhere from 40-70ish hours to complete it. One assignment. For the life of me- I can't even sit and do math homework for 2 hours straight let alone 40.

    That course is insane.
  • goldenratiophigoldenratiophi Registered User Posts: 1,149 Senior Member
    It all sounds like a blast to me.
  • danr74danr74 Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    not me...if i do somehow even get into harvard, i will see y'all in math 21, maybe 23 if im feeling ambitious
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,891 Senior Member
    Less than 1% of Harvard freshmen take Math 55 (although more than that sometimes start it). That represents about 0.05% of applicants -- about 1 in 2,000. Applying that to the CC population, and making generous allowance for the better-than-average math skills of posters here, that yields a projected Math 55 headcount of 0. Maybe as many as 1.
  • collegehopefullcollegehopefull Registered User Posts: 1,210 Senior Member
    ^ I don't think those student that take Math 55 are necessarily more intelligent/able/determined than another mathematics student, it just seems to me that if you've gone to a school that taught math rigorously and had more educational opportunities, you're already that farther ahead.

    It would be silly to expect a student just out of BC calc to succeed in a course that demands a solid grasp of multivariable/linear alg/formal proofs.


    (Not that JHS made a statement saying that, of course)
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
    The Math 55 course keeps getting harder in recent years because Harvard keeps admitting better and better prepared freshmen. A former IMO participant and some other kinds of student might find 55 more enjoyable than 25, although 25 has become more challenging in recent years too.
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