I'm in 3rd year math, and out of the 11 courses i'm taking this year, 2 are computationally based (Calc III and Calc IV). 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?