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Calc II

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Merla, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Merla


    Jun 4, 2008
    How important do you think it is to take both Calc I and Calc II? I took Calc I last year, but Calc II is too intense (especially during a summer session). Do you think I should push it or should I not bother with it?
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  3. hal9000

    hal9000 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2008
    Well, I'm a math major and though I do have my biases, I'm going to try answering this as objectively as possible. Yes, Calc II has some very important/interesting topics. But are any of these so difficult that you could not at a later time learn without the aid of a course? No. If you feel it runs the risk of negatively impacting your GPA, and you just aren't all that thrilled by math, don't subject yourself to it.

    On the other hand, having an understanding of the "area under the curve" will be very beneficial later on. The class will give you a deeper understanding of some physics equations, and will give you good practice manipulating equations (useful with the PS section of the MCAT).
  4. 135892

    135892 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2007
    Its not overly important to take Calc 2, but keep in mind that some schools do require it. If you did alright in Calc 1, and feel that you can handle a bit of a tougher class, then I would say to go ahead and take it. At my school, we went through sequences, series and some other stuff in calc 2, and I found it to be fairly interesting.
  5. Quadratic

    Quadratic Currently not in function 7+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    In the words of Pat Robertson, I totally concur.

    And it's good to see other math majors on here :thumbup:
  6. hal9000

    hal9000 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2008
    Hey alright a fellow math major. :D

    Edit: Funny how both of us have popular science-fiction novel authors quoted in our signature. Why most math people like sci-fi I will never understand...
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  7. ButImLETired

    ButImLETired Prodigal member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 27, 2008
    the hospital
    hSDN Member
    I think if you're not gonna rock it, don't do it. It counts toward you science GPA, so you don't want to do poorly. I mean absolutely no disrespect to the engineers/math majors around here (I am extremely envious of your skills, actually) but in terms of med school it's not all that useful, or so my premed adviser says.
    That being said, there are a couple of schools that require it, and I believe they are Hopkins, Harvard and Wash U but people can correct me if I'm wrong. If you want to apply to these, you should take it (you also have the option of taking it the summer before you matriculate AFTER you get in though, I think), otherwise don't risk bringing down your science GPA.
  8. Quadratic

    Quadratic Currently not in function 7+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Funny thing is that I've never read or saw Dune. But I'm just obsessed with that quote.
  9. Cegar

    Cegar 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    That's a pretty mortal sin, buddy.
  10. Livingapparatus

    Livingapparatus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    go read it....NOW

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