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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by tae1703, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. tae1703

    tae1703 Senior Member
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    how many people are going beyond calculus I? is so how far do u plan on going? in anticipation to any return questions, i plan on going to at least calc III
     
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  3. gaf

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    I took calc II but had no desire to go further.
     
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    Not sure what the point is, but for what it's worth I took 4 semesters of calc (well, 3 semesters of calc and one linear algebra course).
     
  5. MD2B_81

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    I am 1 week away from finishing Calculus II. I have to take it for my Chemistry major otherwise I wouldn't have taken past I. I have to also take Calc III next semester. I guess II is the hardest of the series...
     
  6. UCLAstudent

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    I took four quarters of math (three of calculus), but only because my school only offers calculus-based physics.
     
  7. babybribs

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    I am an engineer and while computing my science GPA i notcied that my math counted for 38% of the science GPA. I did well overall in my math classes, but i did better in the pre-med core classes. Oh well, but i am sure a lot of the chem and bio majors have a lot of tough upper divs in their science GPA as well, so i guess it goes both ways.
     
  8. 10minutes

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    Total 16 math classes, but then, I'm a math major. ;)
     
  9. Mr Reddly

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    Calc I
    Calc II
    Calc III
    LinAlg
    DiffEq
    Systems/Signals (I+II) ... (ie More DiffEq / Laplase Transforms)
    Probability&Statistics

    ..math sux..
     
  10. vixenell

    vixenell don't stop me now
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    I've taken Calc I, II, and linear algebra, and plan on taking diff eqns and calc III before I graduate. Maybe a little Sequences and Series, or math modeling, if I can fit it in.

    But then again, I love math.
     
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    Is there a reason why so many of you guys are taking so many math classes? Are you all math majors or minors? I have plan to stop after Calc I.
     
  12. DMBFan61

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    I hear you. I stopped with calc 1. I realize that chem and biochem majors are required to take calc2 and 3, but I don't know why anyone whould want to go any further!!! Ugh i hated math. :thumbdown:
     
  13. Cerberus

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    i've taken somewhere around 30 hours of math:)
     
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    OMG!!!! :eek: :eek: lim x->h Karma/h

    I don't know what the he!! that means, but you get +K from me!
     
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    I took Calc3 (Multivariable) since my calc 1&2 credits were AP, and because I think calculus is fun. :D
     
  16. TX_Longhorn

    TX_Longhorn OU sucks
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    lets see now...

    calc 1
    calc 2
    calc 3
    Differential Equations
    Vector Calculus
    Discrete math & Combinatorics (Uggghh)
    Linear Algebra
    Linear Sys and Signals (same as mr.Reddly)
    Probability, Statistics and random processes


    ya...i am an elec. engineer
     
  17. Perrin

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    I skipped cal I and took Cal II. My advisor told me that my university will give me retrocredit for the Cal I. So, technically I have a year of math.

    Are med schools going to balk at this?


    Also, when I was in Architecture school, I took some high level engineering courses. Did all you engineers list some of those classes under your science GPA? If so, how did you explain it?


    Adios
     
  18. DMBFan61

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    I wouldn't think they would care as long as you did ok in calc 2
     
  19. Cerberus

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    If you can do good in calc II i'd say it says that you have a decent understanding of Calc I...now to do well in Calc III you really have to know your CalcI&II
     
  20. secretmiss

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    I've taken as an engineer:
    Calc I, II, III,
    Diffy Q,
    Linera Algerbra,
    Probability,
    & Statistics

    I honestly don't think I will use all this stuff but i think if you are thinking of going into research, you would probably benefit from taking extra math classes. You never know, you might find yourself researching something that requires a strong math background, expecially stuff that overlaps with biomedical or biomechanical engineering. I was recruited to work for a PhD. in the medical school at my university this year because he wanted to start up a small study related to his research but the math was over his head.
     
  21. logos

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    I only took the second quarter of calc (bull****ted my way though the AP test to get credit for calc I). However, if I were planning things over, I would have taken a lot more (and straight in a row). I've come to realize lately that I like classes with more of a quantitative basis...so much less bull than other classes. If it didnt take so much time I would change to a chemistry or biochemistry major...which requires a lot more math....but i guess a minor will have to suffice.
     
  22. 10minutes

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    All right, let me see what I have taken.

    Cal I, II, III
    Diff. Eq.
    Probability
    Statistics
    Linear Alg.
    Financial Math
    Game Theory
    Math. Analysis
    Complex Variables
    Advanced Calculus
    Partial Diff. Eq.
    Survey of Alg.
    Affine Geometry
    Number Theory
     
  23. subscapularis

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    Took Calc II, III, Diff Q, finished with Info Stats.
    Go as far as you can, if you are not a Math, Engineer or CS it will look good on those transcripts.
     
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    hmmm, lets see...
    Calc 1
    calc 2
    calc 3
    linear algebra
    probability
    mathematical statistics
    theory of numbers
    advanced calc 1 (real analysis)
    advanced calc 2
    ordinary differential equations
    functions of a complex variable (complex analysis)
    discrete

    yeah, I was a math major, and I find that hurt me a lot on interviews. A lot of interviewers asked why I majored in math and not in bio or soemthing. I thought you are supposed to look well-rounded. My school told us premeds not major in bio or chem. :smuggrin:
     
  25. tae1703

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    yea i plan to get a minor in math. not b/c it looks good or something but b/c i like it. i guess there is a double benefit there. oh yea, and also b/c it will be helpful in calculus based physics
     
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    Must have been an enginerd like me :)
     
  27. Cerberus

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    So dorks, what was your favorite math class? I loved Calc III personally:)
     
  28. Neuronix

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    Calc 3 was a blur for me. I still think of it as a train wreck. i.e. What just happened?
     
  29. roja

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    I only took Calc 1 and ONLY because its reqd for Texas medical schools. I took it after I was accepted so my grade wouldnt' matter (ended up with a B but didn't want to chance it).

    Math was not a req for my BA in Cinema or my Masters of Aesthetic studies. And I didn't take calc based physics. *shudder*




    I also didn't take Biochem (and managed an A in med school.... undergrad biochem is a waste)
     
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    I feel like I have stumbled into nerd heaven! :thumbup:

    I took Calc I, Calc II, and Calc III, and a bunch of upper-level stats classes.
     
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    Calc I and II were a blur for me. (The funny thing was that I had Calc in HS and couldn't even remember it. However, I'm pretty sure 100% of the class ALSO had it in HS as the only way to skip was with a 5. And a bunch of them decided not to skip.)
    I liked Calc III the best. I like that 3D $hit as you might have noticed by the last avatar.

    Hurray for the Enginerds!
     
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    I really liked the applicability of Calc III, I found myself computing volumes of buildings and what not without thinking about it. Plus, some of the stuff near the end was just cool as hell (line integrals, etc).
     
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    Wow your schools required math beyond Calc I for chemistry majors? I am a chemistry/biology double major and the only math/sci courses required for chemistry are:

    Calc I
    Physics I, II
    Gen Chem I, II
    Org Chem I, II
    Org I Lab
    Organic Analysis
    Quantitative Analysis
    Modern Analytical Techniques
    Biochemistry
    Intro to Physical Chemistry
    2 chem senior sems (your choice)
     
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    i am going to be done with calc II soon, and never again will i take another math course. props to all you math majors, i couldn't do it.
     
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    Calc II or stats was required for my major (and stats and I do not get along). I took Calc III for no reason other than the fact that I kind of like calc and I wanted to finish the sequence. Actually, the class counted as a "science elective" and at the time I was toying with the idea of a math minor, which I decided against but a friend of mine who is a chem major and also pre-med decided to do. I took the calc-based physics in order to be better prepared for p-chem, which I am taking this fall. Calc I is honestly enough background for that class. The one class that actually might have been helpful was differential equations because they pop up occasionally, but you can get away with a proposed solution as opposed to actually solving it. I guess I'm holding out on a verdict on whether or not the extra math was helpful until p-chem. As a general rule though, I would think that chem or biochem majors would benefit more from the extra calc than Bio majors.
    Which was my favorite? Hmm...if it hadn't been for the sequences and series, II would be the winner. Since I was not a fan of my teacher for III, I'll go with Calc I, even though I took it in high school and wanted to kill the people who kept asking, "What's a derivative again?"
     
  36. Krazed_Medic

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    I plan on taking up to calc II. My major requires it, but should really take III just because, but we'll see how that goes. I should also take some more English classes as well. I can tell that just by typing this post. :rolleyes:
     

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