How hard is Calculus in college?

<p>Calc III at UF is pretty hard I've heard. My friends got B's and C's in it.</p>

<p>It totally depends on how well you have absorbed the material. Any class can be hard and/or easy. As for calculus, if you are either well rounded on understanding limits and initial derivative methodologies or extremely set (on mind) on math and it is your natural way of thinking, then you will be alright to skip calculus I. It also depends in how well your study habits are. An example would be taking a class you know nothing about, but taking the time to research what is it that is being spoken about. No one can determine your aptitude other than yourself. Perhaps you should find someone who took the class at the respective university and ask to see what they learned (more than likely they would still have their Cal book) and/or ask for their syllabus. Hope this helps.</p>

<p>While this is an old thread, the difference between high school AP calculus and college calculus often has to do with features other than the actual content of the course. For example:</p>

<li>College courses typically require more student motivation and have less hand holding than high school courses (including AP courses). Students who have weak self-motivation or poor time management skills may struggle in college courses in general.</li>
<li>Many students who take AP calculus take the AB version, which is slower paced, covering approximately a semester’s worth of material over a year. Some students may not be accustomed to the faster pace of college calculus courses.</li>

<p>Any of the above can cause a student to struggle in a college calculus course after taking a high school AP calculus course, whether the student takes a more advanced course or repeats his/her AP course.</p>

<p>If knowledge of the material is a concern, find the old final exams for the course that may be skipped with AP credit and try them to check your knowledge of the material from the college’s point of view.</p>