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i hate calculous

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by muddybuddy, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. muddybuddy

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    this semester i have mostly night classes and one of my classes is calculous. ive been trying to avoid it, and got around it all through highschool, but now im screwed into taking it in college:mad: i absolutely hate it! im just hoping i can get by!

    what are your guys' experiences with calculous?
     
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    calculus was ok until about grade 12. Then all of a sudden it just kind of changed. College 3rd year advanced calcusus (including linear algebra) was enough to make a nerd weap.


    I hear finate is eleventy billion times worse though.
     
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    The first course of the calculus is the hardest. If you learn the basics well the other courses will fall into place. If you are going into engineering these courses are a must for the other classes you have to go through.

    Differential equations was the hardest for me.
     
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    i hate calculus as well. i only 1 semester's credit for it in high school, and i got a D in it in college. I'll probably have to take it again. just not my kind of math.
     
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    never took it, i was done with my mandatory math credits for hs my freshman year...
     
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    loved it. When I was getting my AA math was always my favorite. I took Calc I-IV, diff eq and linear algebra. Got an A in all of them except diff eq... scored a B there. Math is a lot of fun and the best part is that the answers aren't subjective. Art/writing etc classes, nothing pisses me off more when I make something good and some ass clown says it sucks and gives me a sucky grade. In math, if the teacher says I am wrong, I can prove that I'm right and get the grade I earned. After getting screwed a few times in arguemenative English writing classes, math was always a welcome refuge.

    j
     
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    well i think i know who im gona ask for help when i struggle
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    lol, I ain't done it in 7-8 years, doubt I could help much unless I spent some time to "brush up".

    j
     
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    Calc 1 was tough to grasp. Diff EQ was worth.

    Do the home work, go to the instructors office hours as often as needed.

    Why are you in calc? What is your major?
     
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    Every time I run across (and need) formulas for amplification factors or something, I ask myself why the frig I decided to get into electrical engineering.

    Now I can't decide if I want to go back to college courses for calc and electronics, or quit altogether and change careers...again...
     
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    business managment. we are learning limits right now, and i get it for the most part. hopefully my luck continues
     
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    whoa... limits? ways to go yet. lol! ;) I have some old homework I keep around in a closet somewhere. Problems taking 2-3 pages and looking like an alien language. Every once in a while I'll pull one out and think "damn, I understood all this at some point?!?! I was smart!". ;)

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    I only made it to calc II, which I failed miserably. The calculus I understood pretty well, but it was the algebra to turn the problem into a usable form that I had the biggest problems. Now I just said screw it and build golf courses :D
     
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    I hear you brother. I still have the homework in 3 ring binders.

    The biggest lesson I have learned from taking the engineering classes is to find the ability to solve problems systematicly.
     
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    I had a rough start with calc, but eventually it will click. Its funny, I find it hard to do simple math sometimes. Its like I am rewired to only do hard problems. Ive done pretty well, just graduated this last semester, and Ive been on the dean's list for a year now. As most have said already, differential equations is where you find a lot of useful applications and what you will most likely use in the technical fields.

    Keep at it, its good to know how to do it in the future. Im going for an MBA right now, and knowing how to use equations and variables as second nature has put me pretty much in the head of the class... even coming from physics/engineering
     
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    thanks randy, yea im eventually going to go for a mba. where did u go to school? Maryland?
     
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    I go to Frostburg. I used to go to UM College Park, I transferred a few years ago...
     
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    wheres frostburg?
     
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    Slopes

    Failed twice but later went on to master it and be invited to join a math honor society.

    Calculus has two fundamental components:

    Determining the slope of a line, and
    Determining the area under a curve

    Really, how hard could that be? Take it in little steps and master each before moving to the next and you too can become a math wiz!
     
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    i picked up calculus for dummies when i started and it really helped me out, i rarely even used then text book because everything is explained really well in that book
     

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