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calc nightmare! help!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by epsilonprodigy, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. epsilonprodigy

    epsilonprodigy Physicist Enough
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    A few questions from a non-trad applying this year. I am applying to a couple of schools that want a semester of calculus. I have taken 2 semesters of stats already in undergrad. Problem is, I have to take a math placement test in order to get a spot! I'm good at math but haven't seen some of this stuff since high school, so I'm nervous that they'll put me in pre-calc. How bad would that look?! Since I'm already applying, would it be advisable to just take calc at a community college, assuming that they wouldn't insist on a placement test?

    Also, I am having a few issues figuring out the biochem requirement from a few schools. I took a lecture class that was 4 credits. Do I need to take a lab too? I'm just paranoid that now that things are actually on their way, I'll find that I'm deficient in some random class.
     
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  3. Stumpyman

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    Usually community colleges also have a placement test. Another option is taking it online, although there are obvious downsides to that.
     
  4. JESSFALLING

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    If you can't pass the placement test, then you shouldn't take calculus. Why subject yourself to a course which assumes a certain sub-set of knowledge if you've long forgotten it? Also, you don't need to take calc before you apply...That way, if you don't get an interview at a "calc required" school you can skip the class altogether! Sound good?

    That said, there is an easy solution for you if you decide to take the class: khanacademy.org :) Before you take the pre-test, review his videos on Algebra, Trig, and Precalc.....together, they cover everything you need to know.

    Lastly, no biochem 'lab' is needed unless you are using it as a substitute for OChem II....which is only allowable at a few select schools (should be everywhere, darn it!)

    Good luck!
     
  5. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist
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    If you can't pass a placement test to get into calculus, you shouldn't be in calculus.

    That said, it's mostly algebra / intmd algebra stuff for a real placement test, and even easier for a general placement test for community college. Go learn the equations for a parabola, hyperbola, circle, and ellipse and how to do work with exponents, logs, and vectors and you'd be fine.

    I used to tutor intermediate algebra, and it's NOT hard.
     
  6. cham90

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  7. StudyShy

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    I think that you'd be fine. All you need is trig and algebra. I can't remember, but you've already taken the MCAT right?
     

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