How is the jump from Trig/Pre-Calc to AP Calc BC?

- anonymous

How is the jump from Trig/Pre-Calc to AP Calc BC?

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- anonymous

If i can take on calc anyone can :P

- anonymous

It's a pretty big jump but you WILL get the hang of it. Although I took AB not BC.

- anonymous

Haha I heard it was much harder than trig, just wondering. I'm a little intimidated by the word 'calculus' :3

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- anonymous

@Dido525 did u take A and B in the same year?

- anonymous

You can't do that actually. You have to take AB OR BC.

- anonymous

I know it sounds intimadating but to be honest it's not that bad and it will help soooooo much in Uni.

- anonymous

@Dido525 Well all high schools are a bit different. I took Accl. Alg 2 last year, so this year I'm in Honors Trig/AP Calc A. So next year I will take AP Calc BC

- anonymous

well i took calc 1 and i found it very easy.

- anonymous

US stuff :P . I am from Canada :P .

- anonymous

Okay but I KNOW you can't give the AP calculus AB and BC exam in the same year.

- anonymous

But don't be intimatated. Calculus is really fun and if you have any questions we are here :) .

- anonymous

*sigh* What a relief! I know I'm probably just freaking out over nothing, but that's just me. I heard ap calc was scary from a senior, and i'm only a frosh so i was a little stressed o.o

- anonymous

Well I'll take the AP ABC exam next year, at least I think that's what my math teacher said.

- anonymous

AP calc is hard though I will say. I was sad, whined and cried after doing bad in almost every test but it's soooo worth it :) .

- anonymous

Oh no! How was the exam?

- anonymous

Calc I in my university is review for Calc AB and BC

- anonymous

I didn't do good because I didn't study but just about everyone got a 5.

- anonymous

Pheww. Is it a good or bad thing that I'm taking the AP exam soph year?

- anonymous

As long as you know your algebra, you can take Calc

- anonymous

..I didn't do so hot in Algebra II.

- anonymous

My teacher made homework optional so I almost never did it, so I got straight B+'s all year :(

- anonymous

I think you will do fine on differentiation. Integration was a bit hard for me to learn.

- anonymous

Is it important to have a strong trig bkgd in calc? That's what my teacher keeps saying, that it takes the past years' concepts and applies them in calc

- anonymous

Do you know your sum and difference identities and double angle ones? That's all I used until I got to a DE course.

- anonymous

Yep (:
I probably won't be doing DE til college, I plan to take AP Stats and Multivariable Calc as an upperclassman

- anonymous

DE is offered during second year of university

- anonymous

Oic. What's freshman in uni?

- anonymous

Btw sorry if ur getting bugged with me asking so many q's!

- anonymous

first year = freshman

- anonymous

You said second? Or did u mean first?

- anonymous

I did? I said DE course is offered in second year. You won't take DE until you get to second year of college

- anonymous

Oh I meant what math class is offered/generally taken freshman/first year! Sorry for the confusion lol

- anonymous

Freshman in math or engineering takes Calc I, Calc II and sometime Linear Algebra.

- anonymous

I should mention as long as you did decent in Algebra and trig Calc will be fine.

- anonymous

Engineers must take Linear Algebra. At least at my University.

- anonymous

This is coming from a student who used to fail at fail and managed to get a 99% on the Calculus final exam.

- anonymous

Oh. I think I did/am doing pretty good. I plan to be in neurosurgery, does that change anything? :3

- anonymous

Why are you taking AP calc then? O_o .

- anonymous

What do u mean?

- anonymous

As far as I know Medicine does not require extensive knowledge in Calculus.

- anonymous

Science students in my university still take Calc I and Calc II.

- anonymous

Okay same here but they don't do multivariable calculus.

- anonymous

Yup same

- anonymous

calc is very mechanical.

- anonymous

They stop at Calc II which is the course on integrations and Taylor Series

- anonymous

Taylor series are sooo easy though :/ .

- anonymous

Yes but a strong math background is recommended. I'm still a little iffy on multivariable calc, even though I'm lucky enough to take both AP stats and Multivariable. And really it's because of the track I started in 6th grade. I started Accl. Alg 1 in sixth, so I took accl. geo in 7th and accl. alg 2 in 8th, and now I'm taking honors trig/ap calc a this year because that's the way my schools work.

- anonymous

Well.... Someone is dedicated lol.

- anonymous

I figured since I have the option, it won't hurt to be in advanced math. But is it really that necessary? Hmm.

- anonymous

Not at all.

- anonymous

the more math the better.

- anonymous

Yup. She has more motivation than me. I rather play than do math. Lol

- anonymous

Sure, AP calculus would help you a lot but I know for a fact medicine does not require extensive knowledge in Calculus.

- anonymous

Well... I do math for fun and I will help others in math but I just hate studying.

- anonymous

Haha I'm not that great at studying either! Math just..comes naturally I guess. I don't know if I should fill Multivariable Calc up with an off-campus medicine class instead. Or even what I'm going to do senior year!

- anonymous

Everyone hates studying especially learning everything on the night before exams.

- anonymous

The thing is though... I know medicine does not require multivariable so unless you really like math I would advice not taking it.

- anonymous

It's more cramming than studying at that point

- anonymous

You need calc 2 to do multivariable calc.

- anonymous

^I'll admit, I've done that soo many times. :3
Yeahh. @timo86m I'll be doing AP Calc BC next year.

- anonymous

I have Calc 2 next semester :/ . I am not really that worried though.

- anonymous

I have pre calc next semester! I'm not that worried anymore thx to you guys! :)

- anonymous

calc 2 is a little bit harder than calc 1. It is easy but calc 2 makes calc1 look easy.

- anonymous

Good luck! Calculus is very very interesting once you understand it :) .

- anonymous

calc is just awesome once you apply it to physics. It is amazing.

- anonymous

Cool! I think that it's a little different for me since most ppl take calc alongside physics, but I'll take it the year after calc so I guess it's still helpful :)

- anonymous

Best of luck in Medicine :) .

- anonymous

Thanks! :D

- anonymous

I was never a straight A student myself :3 . Very very average :P .

- anonymous

Oh..I'm a bit of a nerd (but, ya know, still cool ;)) I think I just stress over everything! Lol

- anonymous

I have to go now, it's getting late. Thanks for all of the input everyone! wish I could give medals to all of you! :D

- anonymous

I think everyone does when they get to Uni or College to be honest...

- anonymous

Bye :) .

- anonymous

Haha I guess I just started earlier :P
Ok bye! :)

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