Should I take the 8-week online Calc 2?

  • Yes

    Votes: 2 22.2%
  • No

    Votes: 6 66.7%
  • Struggle through the course you're currently enrolled in and risk not getting an A

    Votes: 1 11.1%

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Mar 23, 2017
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I am currently taking Gen Chem II, Physics I and also Calculus 2. I am considering dropping Calc 2 because the teaching style of my professor caters to Engineers and Mathematicians. He allows no calculators on exams (I've been using a calculator as a crutch throughout my entire academic math career). Note that I am a bio major and Calc 2 is the highest math I have to take. I will be dropping by the census date so everything will be fine but I am also considering taking Calc 2 8-week on top of my Chem and Physics courses because I don't want to not take it and spend an extra semester. The class is online and the Professor has better reviews than my current Calc 2 professor. I am just wondering if anyone thinks this is plausible? Am I making the right decision? If I continue with this professor I will probably not get an A in the course. I got an A in Pre-calc and Calc I. Does anyone have experience with online Calc 2? Do you think with my current course load I can handle an 8-week online Calc 2 course? I am ready to work hard, always.

Sorry to be so long in my description! Greatly appreciate anyone's input.
 

boogiecousins94

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A lot of calc 2 courses prevent calculators as it allows you to do many of the functions quickly instead of by hand. This was by far my worst grade in college and needed it for my major, but it seems many schools don't require it. I would take it with the easiest professor possible but 8 weeks is like half a semester and calc 2 is dense. I got an A in calc 1 and C- in calc 2.

Honestly I would maybe wait to take in when you're not taking chem and physics as those also use a lot of math
 

Eagleye2

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so If I understand correctly you are wondering if taking calc 2 with chem and physics will be too much? I cant attest to those classes specifically because luckily I dont have to take calc 2 but I have had to take to 400 level science courses and physics at the same time. I think its doable IF you truely dedicate yourself. another thing that I do which is bad is I prioritize the class or classes that I like more. For example im not a big physics fan so I have to fight against my tendency to push that off while I focus on physiology and biochem. If you were to do it, which I think you could, I would def make it a point to start with calc and push yourself to go above and beyond your usual study habits. Obviously something didnt go right the first time so you have to nail it the second time.
 
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AttemptingScholar

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I dropped Calc I because of the teacher this semester (switched to an ecology class in the bio department). Not sure who he was catering to--weekly writing assignments? Regardless, I'm happy in my new class and I have plenty of time to take Calc I with a different teacher with a less ridiculous syllabus.
 

Dox4lyfe

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If you're good at Calc and can think outside of the box, Calc 2 shouldn't be that difficult.

Whether it being an online course makes it more difficult depends on how you learn. I learn much better on my own self studying, so an online Calc course would be amazing.

Physics 1 is not that difficult (I guess this depends on your physics background and how naturally good you are at learning the concepts and math of physics). Do a lot of practice if that helps you and get help when you don't understand something.

The only class I can see that may cause trouble is Chem 2. This schedule is not that bad assuming your other classes are trivial.
 
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