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Is this course load too much?

  1. Jun 21, 2006 #1
    I work a full time job. I attend school at night. For the fall semester I am considering taking three classes:

    Physics 1: 6:30pm -9:15 pm Monday and Wednesday

    Precalculus II 5:30pm-6:45pm Tuesday and Thursday

    Biology II: 7:00pm - 9:45pm Tuesday and Thursday

    I work until 6:00 - 2:00pm everyday, including Saturdays. I know Physics 1 is a monster course, but I'm not so sure about Bio 2 or Precalc 2, though I heard Precalc 2 is a monster as well. Do you guys think three courses like this with a full time job is doable? Oh yeah, and I HAVE to get A's in all three classes as well for me to be eligible to transfer where I want to go.
     
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  3. Jun 22, 2006 #2

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    It all depends if you think you can do it.

    I've worked full-time and went to university full-time for one term and actually manage to get an A+ average. Will I do it again? Hell NO!

    It doesn't seem too bad because you get a few hours before classes start. Personally, I wouldn't do it. If I had to drop a course, I would choose Physics because it will free up 2 days of school. Other than that, it's all good.

    How long is this for?

    Note: It's definitely doable though.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2006 #3

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    It's doable. I've been taking 2-3 classes a quarter on top of a full-time job for three years now. Having two classes back-to-back is kinda rough during exam time, though - especially if two of your exams fall on the same night. Might want to take that day off work.
     
  5. Jun 22, 2006 #4
    The problem is I need A's in both classes and I need study time. This schedule would extend for a full semester which is 16 weeks. Now if I was taking easy classes like sociology or basic computer skills I would submit and be done with it, but the fact is I know all three classes are hard, with Physics being extremely hard.

    I should also note that I'll be taking algebra based physics as opposed to calculus based Physics. Oh and I attend community college as well.

    If I had to choose one to drop though it would be the precalc 2 because Physics and Bio 2 are part of my main pre-reqs that I need to get into pharmacy school.

    Any thoughts about Precalc 2 and Bio 2 as far as difficulty? Would you guys consider Physics 1 more difficult than General Chemistry 1 university level?
     
  6. Jun 22, 2006 #5

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    You should post your course descriptions. In my world, Bio 2 is Human Bio (no lab) and there is no such thing as Pre-calc 2. Is your physics class also a lab class?
     
  7. Jun 22, 2006 #6

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    I've never taken Pre-Calculus before.

    I just jumped right in.

    What do they teach in Pre-Calculus?
     
  8. Jun 22, 2006 #7
    Precalc 2 is trigonometry with analytical geometry. Whatever that is... lol.

    Biology 2 is just listed as General Biology 2. I don't know what it entails. My biology 1 class was horrid though... so many processes to memorize.. how cells split, both plant and animal, and we even had some organic chemistry in it. Yuck.

    EDIT: Both Bio 2 and Physics 1 include lab. The way it works is one day of the week is dedicated to lecture for three hours, the other day is lab for three hours. Fun.
     
  9. Jun 22, 2006 #8

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    Did you take pre-calc 1? How did that go for you? I have to level with you and tell you that if you're not rock-solid on factoring techniques in algebra, pre-calc could become very painful for you.

    Taking two lab classes is pretty ambitious. Very time-consuming for someone working full-time. Have you checked out any potential profs on ratemyprofessors.com? A good, well-organized teacher that doesn't waste your time can make all the difference in the world.
     
  10. Jun 22, 2006 #9
    I am taking precalc now and yes I am very rusty on factoring, though FOIL is no problem for me. We made it past the chapter with all the factoring though, and now we are doing slops, intercepts, graphs, and synthetic division. Easy stuff.

    What kind of math is in algebra based physics 1?
     
  11. Jun 22, 2006 #10
    It takes quite a time to master it, but try to heavily pay attention in classes, ask questions and think, at least try to think since it's hard to perform regular functioning at the end of the day. It'd limit your studies and save some time. Biology is just remembering stuff, so if you practice memorizing, you won't have to study at all. Precalc and physics is quite similar, it's not all memorizing but also logic, so pay a double attention here, and think of what you're doing, if something goes wrong, ask a question and sure it'll make things simpler. Load isn't too heavy as long as you want to learn, once you stop the desire, all things become hard.
     
  12. Jun 22, 2006 #11
    Talk to people about your teachers too, because teachers can make all the difference when it comes to difficulty.

    How long is your commute time to school? Because having classes back to back can save some commute time and that time can add up. Also, more math will probably make Physics easier. Thus my recommendation would be to drop Physics.
     
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