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JasonRox said:
If you're a math major, I don't recommend this.

Trust me, you need to put more emphasis on learning and absorbing the material. I highly doubt you are getting what you can out of it.

Life isn't a race by the way because if it was, I certainly wouldn't want to be winning!
I agree what you say. I am doing my all my basic class this semester. After this semester, i will be able to pick my schedule. My school never think for Maths student's benefit, all maths classes are scheduled at night, and the lastest class ends at 10:30 pm. beside money concern, i am doing this becase my schedule wont be so sparse like my this semester. I am doing 19 hours in 4 year school and 12 hours in city college. b4 i register that 12 hours, i have one class in the morning, one class at noon and one class at 8 oclock at nite. my home is 20 miles away and there is no way I go back from after every class, so i fit some more classes in those BIG gap. Anyways. it is painful:cry:
 
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I agree what you say. I am doing my all my basic class this semester. After this semester, i will be able to pick my schedule. My school never think for Maths student's benefit, all maths classes are scheduled at night, and the lastest class ends at 10:30 pm. beside money concern, i am doing this becase my schedule wont be so sparse like my this semester. I am doing 19 hours in 4 year school and 12 hours in city college. b4 i register that 12 hours, i have one class in the morning, one class at noon and one class at 8 oclock at nite. my home is 20 miles away and there is no way I go back from after every class, so i fit some more classes in those BIG gap. Anyways. it is painful:cry:
That sucks.

I have no early classes and no late classes.

Everyday is basically 11-3:30pm.

Do what you can to make sure the schedule get better. Good luck.
 
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One of the more interesting things that worries me is that at my two year college the prerequesite for differential equation is not calIII, but yet, at the four year college I plan to attend differentials requires calIII prior to enrollment. I am a bit worried as to why this is and what it would mean if I took de here rather than after I transfer. Both descriptions of the class seem to be the same.
 
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...at my two year college the prerequesite for differential equation is not calIII, but yet, at the four year college I plan to attend differentials requires calIII prior to enrollment...
...Both descriptions of the class seem to be the same.
I bet it is pretty much the same diff e class. At the 2 year community college I went to calc 3 was the pre-req for diff e, but here at the 4 year university I am at now calc 2 is the pre-req.
 
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Nothing000 said:
I bet it is pretty much the same diff e class. At the 2 year community college I went to calc 3 was the pre-req for diff e, but here at the 4 year university I am at now calc 2 is the pre-req.
This might be because it can make it easier for science students to take DE.
 
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I'm taking Calc I at a community college after a 7 year layoff from math, having taken it at a university and as an AP class in high school. We're covering more topics with more rigor here than I ever learned the other times I took it. You definitely need to talk to and advisor at the University and compare what you'll be expected to have mastered before you decide what class to enroll in.
 
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Nothing000 said:
I bet it is pretty much the same diff e class. At the 2 year community college I went to calc 3 was the pre-req for diff e, but here at the 4 year university I am at now calc 2 is the pre-req.
Most University offer introduction of calculus in 2 semester courses, which community college offers it in 3 semester mostly.

:JasonRox My school offers 90% of the higher level maths at night and lower during the afternoon, and i am on the line between higher and lower. Poor me :cry:
 
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What math courses are you currently taking leon?
 
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Nothing000 said:
What math courses are you currently taking leon?
I have taking Multi Cal, ODE, Lin Alg, and Concept of Cal (set theory and proof). Multi cal ODE and Concept of Cal is from 7-8:15 pm. But student must attend problem hours afterward whish is from 8:30-10:30 PM. linear algebra is from 2-2:45. i cant really work under this scheduel and they only offer one classs of those subject this semester (except linear algebra)
 
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Plastic Photon said:
One of the more interesting things that worries me is that at my two year college the prerequesite for differential equation is not calIII, but yet, at the four year college I plan to attend differentials requires calIII prior to enrollment. I am a bit worried as to why this is and what it would mean if I took de here rather than after I transfer. Both descriptions of the class seem to be the same.
My university is an engineering school and requires calc 3 before taking DE. However, there's not a thing in calc 3 that is needed in DE. The reason calc 3 is a pre-req is simply because of the way the flow chart for engineering students is layed out. DE is taken after calc 3 on the flow chart, so calc 3 is a pre-req to DE. That's all, really. I doubt the chair of the math department would have a problem waiving that pre-req requirement if someone for some reason NEEDED to take both DE and calc 3 at the same time, of DE before taking calc 3.

Save some money and take it at CC. They are the same class.
 
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leon1127 said:
Most University offer introduction of calculus in 2 semester courses, which community college offers it in 3 semester mostly.

:JasonRox My school offers 90% of the higher level maths at night and lower during the afternoon, and i am on the line between higher and lower. Poor me :cry:
Nearly all of the universities I've researched cover introductory calc in 3 semesters...not just community colleges.
 
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leright said:
Nearly all of the universities I've researched cover introductory calc in 3 semesters...not just community colleges.
I completely agree.
 
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leright said:
My university is an engineering school and requires calc 3 before taking DE. However, there's not a thing in calc 3 that is needed in DE. The reason calc 3 is a pre-req is simply because of the way the flow chart for engineering students is layed out. DE is taken after calc 3 on the flow chart, so calc 3 is a pre-req to DE. That's all, really. I doubt the chair of the math department would have a problem waiving that pre-req requirement if someone for some reason NEEDED to take both DE and calc 3 at the same time, of DE before taking calc 3.

Save some money and take it at CC. They are the same class.
waht do you guys mean by calc 3?
at my school
calc 1 is single variable
calc 2 is multivariable
calc 3 is essentially an analysis course delving into the theory aspect of calc 2 with intro to topology and rigirous real analysis
 
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Calc 1 - Differential Calculus
Calc 2 - Integral Calculus
Calc 3 - Multivariable Calculus
 
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well i guess its diffrent in canada becasue we do calculus (used to anyway, not anymore, as of next academic year) in grade 12 and then go to university/college
 
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Unfortunately, not all college's/professors are happy with the the AP classes taken in high school, or will allow you to use them for college credit. I can't say for sure the way things are now (I graduated from highschool in '94 -things may be completely different-), but my sister and I both took AP level courses for several classes in high school; we both had just about perfect grades, and neither of us were allowed to carry every AP class over for college credit.

I did take AP calculus in high school and calc I in college; I found the material and the expectations -in college- to be much more than it was in highschool. It was more rigorous, things moved at a quicker pace & they went through the material more in depth. Honestly, at first I was ticked off that I had to re take it, but in a way it was like taking a whole new class. I got a lot more out of it, and a better of understanding of concepts that I didn't even realize I needed a better understanding off.

I was actually just talking to my sister about this a few weeks ago, and both of us felt that we learned more and got more out of the classes that we re-took in college. I can honestly say if I had gone directly to the next level with everything when I got to college I think it would have put me at a disadvantage, and I'm glad I wasn't able to carry all those classes over.

One thing I've noticed that was going on when I was in high school, but seems to be getting more intense as the years go by is this need, and this push students are given to "speed" through everything as fast as possible. They are really pushing students (if their grades indicate they should take AP classes) to get college classes out of the way in high school, and pushing too hard in general. One of my employee's has a daughter in 12th grade, she takes AP classes, and does extrmemely well in them, but she has about 6 hours of homework and studying a night! I think this philosophy tends to leave teeneagers unprepared, and many get burnt out quickly. Don't push yourself too hard to get everything done fast. It's better to take a couple classes again than to go into new classes and fall behind because the AP class didn't cover enough material. Highschool classes, AP or not are not like a college course (at least in my experience).

If you really are set on getting ahead you could take the courses over the summer at the college your attending if it's in your hometown, and if it's not you could take them at a local university. My advice though would be to take at least some of the classes again (if you have a full AP load) in college and look at AP as college prep, a foundation so to speak. I haven't been in highschool, or college for a while so if I'm way off I apologize, but I think it probably hasn't changed that much.

Regardless of what you do, good luck!:smile:
 

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