Classes questions

<p>I just came back from orientation and did not get the classes that I wanted. I went to the last orientation session, which meant most classes were full. </p>

<p>Economic Principles I (Policy) is full. I'm like number 90 on the waiting list… I signed up for Economic Principles II (Policy), which I hear is like AP MICRO. I rather take Principles I first, but I don’t think there’s anything I can do, right? Is it like the AP’s where it didn’t matter which you took first?</p>

<p>Any of the interesting Honors Collegiate/Seminars, which I am required to take because I am a Presidential Honors Scholar are full.
I really wanted to take the COSEM-UA 108 Matter, Dark Matter, & Dark Energy one but it was completely full when I tried to sign up. Is there anything proactive that I can do to get into this class? What department is in charge of the seminars? Who do I email? I want to take this damn course. Is any attempt futile?</p>

<p>Also, I got put into MATH-UA 121 which is Calculus I. It says under the description:
Prerequisite: SAT math score of 750, an ACT math score of 34, an AP score of 5 on the AB exam, an AP score of 3 on the BC exam, a C or higher in Algebra and Calculus (MATH-UA.0009) at NYU, or a departmental placement exam. Derivatives, antiderivatives, and integrals of functions of one variable. Applications include graphing, maximizing, and minimizing functions. Definite integrals and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Areas and volumes.</p>

<p>I didn’t get a 750, didn’t take the ACT, and did not take the AP AB exam. I never even took the class AP Calc BC. Is this class a level after AP CALC BC? My academic coordinator had to approve me manually, or something when we registered for classes because I did not meet the prerequisites- as in, I couldn’t sign up by myself. So did she manually let me bypass the prerequisites and take this class? Unless this is a class for kids that have already completed AP CALC BC, I think I can do it.
Will there be any complications since I do not meet the prerequisites but am in the class? </p>


<p>When I went to Orientation (Session B), I didn’t get the seminar I wanted either, because I was the second to last person to get an appointment with my advisor… Regardless, my UOL told me to do two things:</p>

<p>1) E-mail the professor. Tell him/her how much you really want to take the course, and see if anything can be done that way.
2) Call the Advising office (or whatever office deals with the access codes; I can’t remember which). Bother them without really bothering them. In the end, it’s their job to make sure that you’re happy with your schedule (UOL’s words, not mine).</p>

<p>Eventually, though I started thinking about the seminar I ended up with and how it might actually be a good thing–broadening the horizon, so to speak.</p>

<p>Sorry that I can’t help with the other two things, but it seems as if the econ classes aren’t in a particular order because there are no prereqs for either of them on Albert, and by the description of Calc I, it seems as if it basically reviews everything in Calc AB and maybe touches a few concepts in BC.</p>

<p>Hope that helps!</p>

<p>Thanks varouet, it does. </p>

<p>One question, why do you think that Calc I reviews AB and touches some concepts of calc BC? Under the prerequisites it states that a 5 an the AP AB test and a 3 on the AP BC test is required.
So wouldn’t that mean it’s going to use what students learned in AB and BC and expand on that? (Which I’m not ready to do since I have not even taken BC)</p>


<p>[CIMS</a> > V63.0121: Calculus I](<a href=“]CIMS”>CIMS > V63.0121: Calculus I)</p>

<p>“Goals: Welcome to Calc I! In this course, we will study the foundations of calculus, the study of functions and their rates of change. We want you to learn how to model situations in order to solve problems. If you have already taken calculus before, we want you to gain an even deeper understanding of this fascinating subject.”</p>


<p>“Topics: The derivative measures the instantaneous rate of change of a function. The definite integral measures the total accumulation of a function over an interval. These two ideas form the basis for nearly all mathematical formulas in science. The rules by which we can compute the derivative (respectively, the integral) of any function are called a calculus. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus links the two processes of differentiation and integration in a beautiful way.”</p>

<p>If I remember correctly, AB covered ALL of that. So, maybe they make you retake it just to make sure that you know everything to a deep enough understanding to succeed in Calc II?</p>

<p>I honestly don’t know for sure, but that’s what it seems like to me…unless you want to be cynical and say that it’s a money-making trick, forcing you to take a class in something you already know in order to move on.</p>

<p>If you’ve taken AB and passed the class (assuming your teacher was an AP-level teacher), you should be fine in Calc I, I think.</p>

<p>Calculus I doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of calculus at all, so it’s basically the same as Calc AB. Only one of the prerequisites need to be met to take the class. The AP score prerequisites are just there in case someone took the AP class but didn’t take or score well in SAT or ACT math. If you’ve gotten a 5 on the AP test, you can easily do well even if you skip all the lectures and recitations so long as you do the homework and study a little bit for the exams.</p>