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First semester course load advice

  1. Jul 26, 2014 #1
    What's up PF! I'm about to enter my first semester of college, and I've come to ask for some advice in course load. So here are what I am taking this coming fall:
    PHY 151: Physics II
    MAT 272: Calculus III
    MAT 275: Modern Differential Equations
    CSE 110: Intro to Programming with Java
    PHI 101: Intro to Philosophy

    It's 5 classes total which is fairly usual, but the credit hours add up to 18 because there's a 1-credit hour seminar class and calc III and physics II are 4 credit hours each.

    For the DE class, I actually dropped it 3 weeks into the course, so I have prior knowledge to many of its materials. CSE 110 and PHI 101, I heard, were very easy classes, so hopefully I won't have to invest too much time on them. This leaves me with physics 2 and calc 3 to study very hard for, and I've self studied E/M a lot, so again hopefully I can do well in it. Calc 3 I heard was very hard, so it will likely be my most difficult class this semester.

    I won't work during this semester, but I wish to grasp a position in research. Do you think this is too much for my first semester?

    Thank you in advance :)
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  3. Jul 28, 2014 #2


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    Doing Calculus 3 and Diffy Q's at the same time is bit strange. Calculus 3 isn't very hard, if you didn't struggle with any calculus before it. I would personally drop the differential equations course.
  4. Jul 28, 2014 #3
    Seems fine. I did DE before Calc 3 and found calc 3 really easy (like the easiest of the 3). Physics 2 (assuming calculus based) can be somewhat hard. The java and philosophy classes shouldn't be too difficult. I think it's pretty do-able. The only problem is since it's your first semester, it takes some time (at least for me) to adjust to the freedom, class load, etc.
  5. Jul 28, 2014 #4
    Keep in mind, just because a class is easy does not mean you won't have to spend much time on them. Phi 101 will more than likely require you to read quite a bit of material nightly. The essays and the debates may be easy, but they will still be time consuming. Always keep that in mind
  6. Jul 29, 2014 #5


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    I don't think it's too much. There are good video lectures online for differential equations that will help you make sense of it more quickly. There are very good E&M lectures and you know some of that already. Calc 3 will be the most difficult subject, but I think the others will be sufficiently easy that it shouldn't be a problem for you.
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