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For those who have taken 2 semesters of calculus

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Apparition, Nov 16, 2002.

  1. Apparition

    Apparition 1K Member
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    Is calculus II much harder than calculus I?
     
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  3. Rapid Decomposition

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    Yes, much harder. But if you understand calc I well you will be fine.
     
  4. bella_dottoressa

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    I found it to be significantly more difficult than calc II and I do mean significantly.
     
  5. Iron Horse

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    ditto the previous two posts
     
  6. lakewill

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    They were both about the same.. math is all about doing your homework and lots of practice.
     
  7. moviefreak

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    the first part of calc II was ok but i got lost when we got to finding the limits of series and sequences. maybe it's just me, i have problems with open-ended stuff.
     
  8. vivekap2007

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    I also thought cal II was harder than cal I. If you have a choice I would take the cal II for math majors and not the cal II for engineers (the math dept will probably save the best profs and small classes for their students, at least that's what they do at my school)
     
  9. An Yong

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    Hmm strange... I felt calc II was easier than calc I, but then thats just me =)
     
  10. Simon

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    I've taken Calc 1 - 4. And I'd have to say that the order, from easiest to hardest, is: 1...3.........4...2 (differential, multivariable, diff eq, integral). I would say there is a pretty substantial "difficulty gap" in the middle. Good luck.

    ~Simon
     
  11. An Yong

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    This post reminded me that math classes are really impossible to ascribe "difficulty ratings"... its really dependent on the person.

    For example, what I thought the order of difficulty was completely opposite to the above poster's :

    Multi-variable, diff eq, differential, integral (hardest to easiest)

    And overall, I think that quantitative math is easier than abstract math, but I know many people who feel the opposite.

    I think one of the main reasons why people think certain math classes are easier than others are the teachers... I really believe that selecting your professor wisely will make a huge difference on how difficult the class is ;)

    Good Luck!
     
  12. Dr. Wall$treet

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    i found calc 2 exactly like calc 1- practice a ton of problems and you walk into a test and its nothing.. however i like math and physics and crap like that so could just b e me
     
  13. JScrusader

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    I felt that calc 2 was more applied math, so it came easier for me.
     
  14. i liked calc 4, then 3 then 1 then 2, but i think 2 was easier.
     
  15. Polar girl

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    About the calc 2 for math vs. calc 2 for engineers--make sure you check how it is at your school first if you're gonna do that. At my school, calc for engineers is much easier. They learn the basics, and then learn how to get computers to do the rest for them, whereas the math calc 2 has to do everything on paper.
     
  16. i dont know about that, none of my calc classes (engineering) had us using any kind of computer. :confused:
     
  17. Polar girl

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    Not everything was. Just the harder stuff, I think.

    Maybe that's cause we have a kinda crappy engineering program. Or maybe that's just the math kids' rumor to put down the engineers as not taking "real" math.
     

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