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Is it normal for 13-15 year olds to be doing early calculus?

  1. Sep 22, 2006 #1
    i was just wondering because my parents started me out very early now im just starting calculus :frown: and im only 13
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  3. Sep 22, 2006 #2
    i used to want to put in regular school classes
  4. Sep 22, 2006 #3


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    It's early, but not unreasonable. If you understand the material, and are interested in learning it, then don't worry about it.

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  5. Sep 22, 2006 #4
    Hi yeah

    Hi when i was 13 years old i started Calculus, and when i was 15 i like mastered it. I was one of the smartest kids in the state, of washington.
    so it is possiable for 13 and 15 year olds to learn calculus if they mastered basic math.
  6. Sep 22, 2006 #5
    dood i have like tottally masterred all of caclulus like when i was 7 year old, i was smart kid in united states, so ur parentz r lik eteachin u slowl.y
  7. Sep 22, 2006 #6
    Ur so lucky

    i had to teach myself, like about everything, my parents were high-school drop outs. i did master a number of inturments at 6 though.
  8. Sep 22, 2006 #7
    I mastered Washington State!!111

    Umm, seriously, why are you asking this question? Is it to inform everyone you are taking calculus at a "young" age, or are you thinking that this will harm you in some way? Or what? You obviously know that it's not exactly "normal" to take calculus when you're 13-15. Hell, it's not normal to take calculus in the first place (if you think about it).

    The only thing that matters is if your teacher is good....

    Oh, and Mace, if you're serious, That sucks that you had to teach yourself everything. By the way, I master everything I do. Everything. EVERYTHING!1111

    EDIT: And mattmns, I can't stop laughing :rofl:
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  9. Sep 22, 2006 #8
    I would suggest you get in touch with your local child welfare office immediately. Studies have shown that young children can do irreparable damage to their tiny brains if they study calculus before they have matured enough to handle it.
  10. Sep 22, 2006 #9


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    Well, it's definitely not normal, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad! :smile:

    If you're feel like you're being pressured too much, or you're in over your head, then you should do something about it like talk honestly to your parents or a guidance counselor.
  11. Sep 23, 2006 #10
    I truly can't understand the point. What is the use? It will be of no real use to you yet. I would focus on getting algebra down 100% before thinking about moving onto calculus. This is assuming that you don't know all of algebra yet. At 13 I was solving 2c=10. lol :) If you do know algebra very well, then perhaps calculus is the ne)(t step for you... Just please don't start with multivariable calculus at 14, geez! :) Good luck...

    My }{ key is broken :( Cat spilled orange juice on the keyboard. lols
  12. Sep 23, 2006 #11
    lols, it causes brain tumours.
  13. Sep 23, 2006 #12
    I'm 20 and Calculus is still hard for me and I'm still learning it.

    If that doesn't make you feel better, nothing will.
  14. Sep 23, 2006 #13
    and i came up with a truely wonderful proof of the Riemann Hypothesis when i was 4, but my brain was too tiny to hold it. so i forgot it.
  15. Sep 23, 2006 #14
    I started learning calculus in 14 and am taking official school class in the age of 15.
    I don't know how normal it is, but as far as I know, math/physical schools in post-Soviet Union country usually start mandatory calculus in 8th grade.
  16. Sep 23, 2006 #15
    I think I'd worry more about being a kid and developing socially rather than learning advanced math.
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    No it doesn't; self-study is fun. :smile: And more effective too, I think. (certainly if you can get expert guidance occasionally)

    Math is fun; does there need to be any other point? :wink: I remember (at 11, I think) being very excited to find out there was a world beyond trigonometry! It was so cool to find out about the Taylor series for the sine function!

    But from a practical perspective, there isn't much point in stalling one's education for 6 years just because you don't "need" to learn something immediately. As you said, if he understands algebra, then learning calculus is a reasonable step.

    Why not do both? :grumpy:
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    This sort of confuses me too. So what if the other kids don't appreciate calculus? Surely he has other things in common with his peers -- maybe video games, cartoons, playground games, other classes...
  19. Sep 23, 2006 #18
    Doing both is fine. However, I think that learning social skills will be really important eventually. Personally, I wish I had done both because I never even passed Algebra I in high school. But, although I may have been an idiot, I'm older and more mature now. I can talk and communicate with professors and research scientists better than most other students.

    I've been in one class and heard of others where there are high school age kids taking differential equations, linear algebra/whatever, and these kids truly struggle to fit in and even communicate with others.
  20. Sep 23, 2006 #19
    Calculus can be learned at any age, really. The way it's taught nowadays consists of a set of rules that a kid can play with after a few minutes' time, like elementary algebra. 'Understanding' comes later, if necessary, in the form of analysis.
  21. Sep 23, 2006 #20
    I can't see why calculus and high-level math is interrupting social skills of person, is that just a stereotype: geek/jock division? My calculus class has the highest amount of talkable and socializing people than all others.
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    I've heard rumors to this effect -- I remember one girl in my linear algebra class that told me she had been in some other classes with smart high-schoolers, and they tended to be rather egotistical.

    But I don't think it's safe to assume those students would have been any less egotistical had they not been in those classes.

    And from another angle -- given the amount of communication I've seen in my college classes, I would be unsurprised if most people never learned about the well-adjusted kids in their class. (Though I suppose when they're as young as 13, it's a little more obvious)
  23. Sep 23, 2006 #22
    i would just say COOOOL!!

    u don really need to be a genius to learn calculus at 16(which i am)...but u r one if ur 13 ......lol....im still not strong in that....but i have mastered algebra by 15.

    so its just fine, for me, for u to start mastering it now itself!
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    How can that affect your social development?
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    I'm a lot more social now as a math major than I ever was before.

    I talk to girls a lot more comfortably that's for sure.
  26. Sep 23, 2006 #25
    Right, right, it's a lot more easier to talk to a girl than to write professor in uni about mentorship with crazy ideas :wink:
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