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AryanJ20190
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I am a Sophomore at a high school in MN. I love math and want to take the highest courses possible. I am in Calc BC right now. Since, I relocated from NJ last year, UMTYMP gave me the opportunity to join Calc 2 from next year, given I get a 5 on the BC test (which is fairly easy. Tried so many practice tests). I have two options now.

Option 1:

Junior - UMTYMP Calc 2 and AP Stats at high school (requirement)

Senior - UMPTYMP Calc 3 (multivariable) and PSEO (don't know if both UMTYMP and PSEO possible)

Option 2:

Junior - Multivariable PSEO

Skip Stats, give the AP test based on self-study

Senior - Linear Algebra PSEO

So far theses are the only options available to me. If any of you people out there have any experience with UMTYMP or PSEO, what would you recommend. Is there something else I can do instead of the 2 options? An advice is appreciated.

Option 1:

Junior - UMTYMP Calc 2 and AP Stats at high school (requirement)

Senior - UMPTYMP Calc 3 (multivariable) and PSEO (don't know if both UMTYMP and PSEO possible)

Option 2:

Junior - Multivariable PSEO

Skip Stats, give the AP test based on self-study

Senior - Linear Algebra PSEO

So far theses are the only options available to me. If any of you people out there have any experience with UMTYMP or PSEO, what would you recommend. Is there something else I can do instead of the 2 options? An advice is appreciated.

## Replies to: How should I plany my future Math courses?

63,552Senior MemberIn either case, you may want to try the old final exams for the college's calculus 2 courses to see if you are ready for calculus 3 / multivariable calculus. Many students who scored 5 on AP calculus BC are ready for calculus 3 / multivariable calculus, but it is best to check your knowledge by trying the old final exams for the college's calculus 2 course.

8New Member1,130Senior MemberAs a former math major myself, who raised math lovers who have far exceeded anything I did, when giving advice on math selection, I try to turn the question around - what do you expect to accomplish with either approach? S always appreciated the math theory more than D, who is kind of bored with the more abstract stuff but finds the mechanical/computational stuff fascinating.

In reading your posts, you state your goal of taking the most advance course available to you - but you don't say why you want to do this. As a HS soph now, it sounds like you are capable of handling the advanced work - and good for you, that is a feather in your cap. But if you never learn to think about the why - and their is nothing wrong with learning for learning's sake - I daresay you might not get as much out of the experience.

You haven't live long enough to forget any of the school work you have learned so far. But trust a middle aged woman, you will forget a lot of this over time. What you will remember is whether or not you had average, good, or great teachers, and how they make you feel about yourself.

I appreciate you wanting to challenge yourself , and understand you are great at and you love math. Math people are good at figuring out how to solve math problems - but this is not a logic problem, there is no single right answer to what is better. This is an evaluation problem, and you have to come up with the method to determine what is best for your situation, considering the variables you know and understand better than anyone here. You are asking what is more challenging, and when it gets to this level, the honest answer is option 1, 2, neither, or both.

If you are posting here at CC because you want to know how college adcoms will look at you in a couple of years, the answer is truly that whatever you decide will be viewed as amazing for a HS kid. Think about what miniscule fraction of a percentage of applicants are able to have either of these options. Wait, since you haven't had AP stats yet - you may not know the answer. It is a very very small number. But despite how impressive it may be, it won't be enough on its own to assure you automatic acceptance wherever you want to apply.

Best of luck to you

665Member12,473Senior MemberSo true about losing skills with disuse. I have forgotten more math and chemistry than most people will ever learn (became a physician). My globally gifted son was a college honors math major (after also taking enough physics to know he preferred math) who, of course, took some grad level courses as an undergrad. He wasn't in the top percent for math (brutally competitive at the grad level) and did a complete change of direction. He finished off the computer science major as well and does that. He may be better off career wise than if he did the math PhD...

What one is passionate about as a teen may change with age and exposure to other fields. You are at an age where being broadly educated instead of specializing too soon may be in order. Of course, you sound exceptionally gifted in math and this is one reason it is your passion. You do need to forge ahead but you also need to not neglect the other facets of who you are. Take some time to look at the faculty info posted by many math departments and you will find the renounced professors have a wide variety of other interests.

Sorry, had to get on my soapbox. You do not want to become burned out at an early age and have no other options.

What is UMPYMT? I suspect it is the MN version of taking college classes while in HS.

Son found AP stats easy- only got B's because he had zeroes on homework and 100% on tests (5 on AP exam). It is a subject that lends itself to self study. Check with your GC and parents as it may be better to take a fun HS class with the time, regardless of the grade you may get. Do not neglect other subjects.

1,857Senior MemberIn terms of AP Stats, ive heard college level calulus based statistics is much more useful, so you should take that instead if you want the challenge and its avalable to you.

Another helpful thing is if you have a particular major in mind, to research what math classes you need for that specific major.

I dont know anything about either of the programs you mentioned, but like you, I took calc bc as a sophomore. Here is what I took/am taking junior and senior years:

11th grade semester 1: dual enrollment multivariable calc

Semester 2: DE ordinary differential equations

12th grade: semester 1: DE linear algebra

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