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I just finished my CalcIII midterm, I know i did fine, definitely a 90 or higher, but I just want to discuss how much I hate computation, and if anyone agrees with me.

I'm so used to pure mathematics courses where I get to actually think, and feel productive. Computation-based exams feel too overburdened with second guessing, messy objects and just plain unsatisfaction whenever I complete them. Like, even though I know I got 90+, I don't feel good about it because I didn't take anything away from it. I just showed I can plug and crank a few equations.

This differs completely to other course exams like say Topology or Group Theory, where even though I know I might only get 85, I feel like I completed something; there's a sense of satisfaction and glory.

I just wish my school offered a calculus for Math students that had different emphasis than what is in what is being offered currently.

(for those wondering, I had a double major last year and put off taking calculus until this year. now I'm a full-time pure math student, and unfortunately have it get it out of the way)

What are your thoughts?

Are computation-based courses a necessary evil for pure math students? Do you hate them as much as i do?