1. Dec 1, 2011

Hi all!

I am currently a sophomore transferring from a small unknown university to a large state school. I hope to go to graduate school for mathematics one day. I've been getting decent grades. I have gotten an A in everything but today I was forced into a life and death situation kinda thing and I made the wrong choice. (Exaggerating like no tomorrow of course...)

The story is I messed up big time in my calculus 2 class. For the first two tests I got a 98 and a 100 respectively but I took the third one today and oh ************. <Please fill in the stars with your imagination in a very bad way.> These three tests are 60% of the final grade with another 10% from homework and 30% from the final. I estimate that I will be getting around an 80 on the third test and knowing I will get the full 10% from homework I need to get at least a 98 on the final to get a 95 for my class grade which I believe is the cut off for an A.

Yes, yes. I know I sound like another whiner/ranter that this board sees so very often and I acknowledge that fact. I must let the world know of my dumb mistake. Anyhow...

It was all due to this one problem where I had to find if the series n/sqrt(2n^2-5) converges or diverges which was arguably the EASIEST question on the darn test. Being worth a whole 20 points and being so easy my mind just slipped. For those who might think I didn't study enough, I think I studied so much I couldn't even tell the difference between functions anymore thus leading to getting this one wrong. At first I used the integral test and that diverged. I then used the divergence theorem to show that it was divergent as well but for some strange reason as I sat there for 40 minutes(No exaggeration on this part. I was done with the rest of the test for a while already.), I decided to use the limit comparison test.(Probably because everything else was based on the limit comparison test and ratio test and the ratio test didn't work. Should have known better than to think all test questions would somehow be correlated.) I crossed out the previous work with the integral test because my mind was so jumbled up I just closed my eyes and chose one. After the test I realized the limit comparison test didn't work...

I believe I shouldn't have much trouble scoring a 98 or better on the final but I like to know my options. I am an extreme pessimist to the max.

If by Sir Issac Newton's will, I don't make the 98 and get the A-, will I be forever damned? I am transferring to a new school so my real question is, when I graduate from that university, will this black spot be seen on my transcript by the university committee of whichever grad school I will be applying to? (I gathered that anything worse than an A was detrimental to applying for grad school.)

2. Dec 3, 2011

Ok. I realized that because of this question on the test I became careless about the other questions. I know for sure there is another wrong one. There goes my A.

3. Dec 3, 2011

Staff Emeritus
To answer your question, most applications (all I have ever seen) ask for transcripts from every college you have attended previously. So they will see the grades.

Perhaps more importantly, if getting two problems wrong on a test causes you this much stress, you will be absolutely miserable with a career in science. In research, things don't work all the time. (Not to mention the high degree of difficulty of grad school)

4. Dec 3, 2011