Self-Studying Calculus BC?

<p>Okay, so my school is very dumb and puts all the classes I want to take during 4th period. I was going to take AP Calculus BC as a class, but can't because it won't fit in my schedule (grr). However, I still want to learn the BC material and possibly take the BC test ;D.</p>

<p>Has anybody had any experience with self-studying BC while taking AB in class? Is it impossible or pretty easy? Thanks! :)</p>

<p>bummppp! :D</p>

<p>I’ve taken Calc 1 (the equivalent of AB). That’s easy to learn and self-study. However, once you get into Calc 2 (the C part of BC), it’s really hard to learn. I tried to learn integration by trig substitution, but it was really difficult and I resolved to just wait until I take the class. I wouldn’t recommend self-studying unless you are a math genius. You could just take the class at a community college.</p>

<p>Okay, thanks for the response! I’ll look at the classes my CC offers :)</p>

<p>You can self-study BC and get a 5 on the AP test, but you’ll miss out on some of the interesting content and you’ll forget quickly after the test is over (because all you have down because it is just for the AP test, formulas and algorithms instead of concepts, theory, and proofs)</p>

<p>I’ve studied BC in AB–well for competition that I medalled in and there are down times when you don’t get what is going on just by reading the textbook, but all you have to do is keep redoing the problems until you get the correct answer (if you are a natural problem solver you’ll figure it out soon)… And do it more to make sure it wasn’t just a lucky accident. </p>

<p>It’s very do-able but often is learned with frustration and experimentation. There are plenty of resources: online videos, textbooks, but best of all–BC people, the people in the high class that love teaching it to other students.</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice! :slight_smile: Yeah, I have some very smart friends that are going to take BC that will help me if I decide to self-study</p>