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# Math classes after AP calculus?!?

Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
edited April 2005
I'm a frosh taking trigonometry for math in school. Next year I'll be doing AP Calc BC. What math classes are usually taken after this?
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## Replies to: Math classes after AP calculus?!?

• Registered User Posts: 654 Member
multivariable calc, differential eqs, analysis, statistics, etc.
• . Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
• Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
is there a sequence, like which class to take first? for example, you usually take algebra before geometry
• Registered User Posts: 2,273 Senior Member
Well, the trend at my HS is Linear Algebra.

Not that I've taken any of these math courses, I'm a liberal artsy person.

But, I do work as a counselor's aide, so I know this sort of stuff.
• Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
in my school they take multivariable calc after BC calc.
• Registered User Posts: 2,399 Senior Member
at my school, Calc BC is the equivalent of Calc 1 + Calc 2, so after Calc BC you'd take Calc 3 at the local community college. then Diff Eq, or multivariable, i'm not really sure how it goes after that...

another route would be, after calculus you can take AP Statistics
• Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
I heard that stats is easier than calc. I'd rather do something harder....
• Registered User Posts: 2,273 Senior Member
Discrete Mathematics? What about that?

Possible alternatives after Calculus II or even Calculus III at Community College would include:

Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Differential Equations.
• - Posts: 178 Junior Member
There should be a flow chart of the classes if you visit their math lab, or faculty area.

anyways, its Calc1-2-3. Then calculus sequence is over. Usually calc3 is the prereq for the rest 3. you can take them in any order you want.

DiffEq is hardest and emphasis on problem solving like calc, Linear algebra is almost as hard, the problem is its very theoretical (and in h.s we don't do much if any theoretical stuff). discrete math is easy, I heard.

Take Linear algebra then diffeq, or both at the same time. dont both with discrete.
• Registered User Posts: 2,273 Senior Member
• Registered User Posts: 2,143 Senior Member
the epgy site Simfish posted gives a good explanation http://epgy.stanford.edu

The sequence is not as clearly defined for college courses as it is for high school courses, and people go in different directions after calc., depending on their interests. Most people do multivariable after calc BC, just to be finished with the entire calc sequence, then linear alg, diff eq., or real analysis. You don't actually need multi. to do those, but people usually do multi before those so they don't have a big time gap in the middle of the calc series. Linear alg is the first course most students take which involves proofs.
• Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
If you want, you could take AP Calc AB after BC. Really, really laid back year for you.
• Registered User Posts: 3,309 Senior Member
AB is not worth it, unless you want to lay back. For BC you can lay back too but it's more work at the end.
• Registered User Posts: 2,244 Senior Member
punkette-I'd pay at least as much attention to where/how you're going to do math as to what class you'll take. I did Calc AB (my HS's highest math class) early on, and enrolled in online math classes after that. Because of the online format, I struggled, got frustrated, and basically gave up. I wish I could have rearranged my schedule so that I could have gone to a traditional class.

Anyway, just something to think about. Feel free to IM me if you want to talk about my experiences or your options.
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