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AP Calculus for the Not Math Oriented

nickb14nickb14 Registered User Posts: 425 Member
edited December 2013 in High School Life
Hi everyone, I'm planning on taking AP Calculus AB next year. I'm an okay math student, but not the best. I got a B+ in Algebra II (88), an A+ in Geometry (97), and am getting an A+ in Pre-Calculus (98). I also only got a 610 on my SAT Math if that is any gauge for anything (not good, I know) haha. I'm much better at subjects involving the humanities, but I'm really determined to sharpen my math skills for college.

Do you guys have any suggestions for how to prepare for AP Calc? What skills should I brush up before? Any tips for passing the exam?

Any advice relating to this course would be excellent, thank you.
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Replies to: AP Calculus for the Not Math Oriented

  • tangentlinetangentline Registered User Posts: 1,116 Senior Member
    --If you are planning anything away from the science / math / engineering /economics majors the most math you might need is AP Calc AB or AP Stats for your major.

    -- How to prepare for the AP Calc exam / college math if you're going that route: Join the math club if you have one (compete locally or within the club). It's not just to make your high school math team better--it's to make yourself a better problem solver. Depending on the club, you don't have to be the strongest in math to be in it, and certainly it will help you learn how to do math without taking the common teaching approach of "here's a math problem and follow these steps and you get the answer." --Because that approach can be taught to masses of students easily...
    This will differentiate you from what I feel a majority of AP Calculus and SAT takers. It's far less time working in the review / study guide books getting examples of every single type of problem that might show up on the standardized exam. It'll help you in college too as professors like to throw new problems in on their exams (it's funny when people go from experts in high school math to college math!)
  • nickb14nickb14 Registered User Posts: 425 Member
    Thank you!

    Any other advice?
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