Washington U. in St. Louis Differential Equ Requirment?

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Is there any way around having to have taken Diiferential Equations in college??:mad: In the MSAR it says that you need Diif EQ or Integral Calculus. What exactly is Integral Calculus? If this question seems stupid then forgive me...I admit my stupidity. Because on the secondary it askes "What college level courses in Diff EQ AND Calculus will you complete before medical school?" I was wondering if anyone else is in a hole with this one? Thanks!
 
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ha - i didn't even notice that, i haven't formally taken diffQ and they have said that i have passed "initial screens" so it can't be a big deal. integral calculus is traditionally calc 2. calc 2 usually throws in some diffQ just for fun - either way a year of calc will probably suffice for whatever they need.
 

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I had all that crap in calc I. Ha! I knew they were trying to cram too much into that class!
 
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Originally posted by bla_3x
Is there any way around having to have taken Diiferential Equations in college??:mad: In the MSAR it says that you need Diif EQ or Integral Calculus. What exactly is Integral Calculus? If this question seems stupid then forgive me...I admit my stupidity. Because on the secondary it askes "What college level courses in Diff EQ AND Calculus will you complete before medical school?" I was wondering if anyone else is in a hole with this one? Thanks!
Seems to me only engineering majors (as I used to be when I took it) and people trying to get into certain grad schools (one of my PoliSci friends) take DiffEQ usually, so it's sort of a weird question for them to ask.

As for "integral calculus" (as opposed to derivative calculus?), I guess they're trying to say the 2nd semester of calculus, as jot said, but don't you do integrals in the first semester? It's been over 4 years since I took single variable and that was in high school so the semester thing didn't really apply, so I don't remember. I would guess multivariable calculus would count too?

My guess is that they just want to know for information purposes and it's not a requirement, but I've never looked at the WUSTL viewbook. I wonder why they don't ask about linear algebra...

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Originally posted by Samoa
I had all that crap in calc I. Ha! I knew they were trying to cram too much into that class!
You did 1st and 2nd order ODEs and PDEs, as well as Fourier Series and Laplace transforms and such in calc? If so, wow, that's a pretty comprehensive calc class!

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You dont need to take a DiffEQ class for WashU, calc 1 and 2 are good enough, although technically "integral" calculus is covered in calc 1 as well as calc 2, so unless they specifically state that you need 2 semesters of calculus, then just take calc 1 unless you like math.
 
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Thanks a lot everone! As I remember, and it's been a few years, we did go pretty heavily into integrals in my calc I class. O well, I guess I am just gonna put it in and see. They seem to not be checking their email (I emailed them about it last week). Thanks again!~
 

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Originally posted by Random Access
You did 1st and 2nd order ODEs and PDEs, as well as Fourier Series and Laplace transforms and such in calc? If so, wow, that's a pretty comprehensive calc class!

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My teacher got excited one day toward the end of the semester and decided to introduce differential equations. It was one of those, "for those of you who can follow this, here are some advanced topics" kind of thing. I could follow it at the time, but don't ask me anything about it now.
 

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I didnt think ODEs were all that hard, PDEs seem like an order of magnitude increase in difficulty though
 

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Originally posted by Smoke This
I thought all they wanted was differential calculus, i.e. the first semester of calculus at most undergrads (through differentiation only).
in the MSAR for WashU, it says "differential and integral calculus"

Most first semester calc 1 courses cover some of the integral stuff, so technically speaking you should be able to get away with just one sem of calculus unless they explicitly state elsewhere that you need 2 sems.
 
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