I have taken Cal 1-2 and am now wrapping up Cal 3 this Spring semester. My university offers a Cal 4 course during a 4 week summer term.

This past summer, I took Calculus 1 during the summer, after a couple years break from mathematics (I'm a natural resources graduate student), and got a B. Following this, during the next 4 week term, I enrolled in Calculus 2 and dropped it midway - my reasoning being that I had not had any trigonometry since high school (I had forgotten nearly every trig relationship).

That said, I brushed up on my trig and got an A when I re-enrolled in Cal 2 in the Fall. I expect to get a B at the lowest in Cal 3.

With all of this background presented, my question is: do you think that the material and concepts in Calculus 4 can truly be appreciated/learned during a summer term course at the university level? I will follow this course with Numerical Analysis 1 and 2 and end after Math Stats 1 and 2.

I greatly appreciate any thoughts/comments. I really want to understand this stuff, and I know a full semester is the best option but as I'm pressed for time, I'd like to move on and get it over with.

Sincerely,

treebeard