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This is just a quick question about Calculus class

  1. Oct 15, 2011 #1
    Hey guys. I'm currently a senior in high school. The high school that I go to has block schedule. I am in Calculus AB this semester and it will continue through next semester. However, I want to switch into Calculus BC. WIll that be too hard? Is it a big jump, or is it next semester when the new material will start coming in for Calc BC? Please advise if you can. Thanks!

    EDIT: I want to switch into BC at the beginning of next semester.
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2011 #2
    I recommend you get your hands on the BC text book that you would be using and look at where you are in your book, and what remains to be covered, and where the BC is, what you missed, and what you would need to know to do the math. If you intend to go into a field where you will be using calculus, you don't want gaps in your knowledge. Also, if you want college credit for calculus, you have to take the AP exam or similar qualifier. As far as I know, there are separate exams for calculus AB and BC. You have to pass both. If you're just trying to get ahead, you may consider taking calculus at a community college beginning in the Spring semester. Learn it all at once. High school drags it out unnecessarily.
     
  4. Oct 15, 2011 #3

    eumyang

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    My gut feeling is that this is a bad idea. Also, different high schools do things differently with regards to the running of their calculus classes. For instance, does your BC class require AB as a prerequisite? You never said it did or didn't, so we don't know if you've already consulted your course catalog.

    Or is it the situation where you can only take one OR the other, with BC being more accelerated, of course, than AB? In any event, I think the best plan of action is to talk to your calculus teacher and see what he/she thinks.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2011 #4
    No, it's actually the case where you take one or the other.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2011 #5
    No, it's actually the case where you take one or the other.. the only prequisite required is precal, which I already took last year.
     
  7. Oct 16, 2011 #6

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    From my experience, AB is derivative calculus, BC is integral calculus. A part of integral calculus requires taking derivatives (u-substitution, trigonometric substitution). I don't think it's a good idea, but if you get your hands on a calculus book, you might be fine.
     
  8. Oct 16, 2011 #7

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  9. Oct 16, 2011 #8
    It depends on how well you're doing in AB. If you're doing well, then there shouldn't be a problem, because there isn't much more in BC than AB. In fact, all the extra content of BC was covered by only one chapter in my calc II class.

    Also, I would be a great idea to go talk to the BC teacher and ask how far into the extra material they will be by the end of this semester. They would also be better able to judge your preparedness by asking about specific concepts that will have covered by then and they could also talk to your AB teacher to see if they believe you could do it.
     
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