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Pre-calculus and calculus

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Pathologist, Nov 30, 2000.

  1. Pathologist

    Pathologist Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2000
    Fostoria, Ohio, USA
    I'm a pre-med student. I've taken pre-calc and plan to take stats. Do I really need to take calc for med school?
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  3. Dray

    Dray Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2000
    A lot of med schools suggest it, but not to worry, I thought calc was sooo much easier than pre-cal. Good Luck!
  4. alceria

    alceria Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Detroit, MI
    There is a discussion going on about this in the thread, "Do doctores have to be good at math?" and I suggest you check it out, because a lot of people have written some good advice that applies to your situation as well. [​IMG]

  5. limit

    limit Molesting my inner-child 10+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2000
    New York City
    I wrote something to answer your question in that other thread like alceria said.

    However, I just want to add something briefly.

    I also found pre-cal harder than calculus, and there's a reason for it why that happens. The material in calculus uses pre-cal to a certain degree, but not entirely. Mostly it's new material such as reading graphs, derivatives, integrals, and applications thereof. It's more concept based, and with the skills you subconsciously picked up in pre cal, you are applying them to new situations in calculus. Despite the material getting harder, you are getting better because of experience, plus you are growing mentally at the age that most people take these classes, so that plays a big role.

    good luck
  6. chiz2kul

    chiz2kul t.roll.ed for Banning 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
    You dont have to - but it may come back and haunt you...

    Massive bump for no good reason.
    Man, I was high school when this thread was made...
  7. Medwell

    Medwell 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2009
    I was in Grade 5, lol.
  8. getright

    getright 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Beyond a massive bump.
  9. XeReX

    XeReX Aspiring Surgeon

    Jun 6, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    Yes you have to take Calculus becasue in college and especially for pre med coursework, the physics that we have to take is not like high school algebra based physics. Its calculus based physics and you have to use calc to drive equations and stuff. You dont have to take calc but majority of med schools either require you to take calc or reqmend it.
    its not hard at all if you listen carefully and do practice problems.
    PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. you ll be fine. take it seriously:D
  10. XeReX

    XeReX Aspiring Surgeon

    Jun 6, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    like i have to take 3 semseters of physics becasue my major is Physiology and Neurobiology so its my major's requirment. but i have already taken AP physics in high school so i am good with the first semester now i just have to take Physics II and Physics III. LOVE PHYSICS
  11. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    Surprise, this thread is 10 years old. However I'm sure the OP appreciates your advice.
  12. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2009

    Actually very few recommend calc 1. There's a algebra based physics class for non-engineers at most schools. Not many take calc based because the mcat doesn't test calc based physics. That being said taking calc 1 will simply open up a door or two to getting into medical school. Not very helpul but if you want go for it.

    That being said 75%+ just require college math. That being said why am I commenting on a thread that's been dead for over 10 years. I was like 7 when this was made.
  13. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2009

    Umaryland? You should know that UMD has a major calculus and physics fetish. There pre-med office is archaic in thought process. They honestly tell people the wrong thing half the time.
  14. 305602


    Jan 17, 2010
    Sunny So Cal
    I was in 4th grade!

    P.S> I wish he'd respond to see if it did come back and haunt him :laugh:
  15. Dreaming big

    Dreaming big Banned

    Feb 5, 2009
    he hasnt been around since 2002
  16. Hope0913


    Mar 5, 2010

    same here :laugh:

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