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    I am in need of taking Calculus as a requirement for PhD programs. Why my undergrad university didn't make me aware of this, I don't know...

    Anyway, I need to take care of this relatively fast, and would kinda like to just jump in and take Calc I. (should fulfill the grad application requirements). It would also save me a lot of money to only take the one class.
    HOWEVER, I have never taken a calculus-type math before.

    I took college algebra, trigonometry, and two semesters of trig-based physics. I didn't pay much attention in those classes, and my grades were passing to say the absolute best I can. I do not like mathematics, and am not looking forward to this.

    In any event, I plan on either going part-time at my job or quitting altogether and teaching general biology labs at my undergrad university, so I should have plenty of time to study.

    Do you think I should be safe to jump into Calc I, or should I take Precalculus first?

    How difficult is calculus?
    I thought it was going to be different;It turned out to be(,) just the same.

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    My brother, a PHD scientist and math/physics teacher says that calculus does not deserve the bad rap it gets. He believes it is a relatively simple subject in the realm of math and could even be taught without the other prerequisite math courses.

    Of course, he IS kind of a genius.

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    • #3
      My brother, a PHD scientist and math/physics teacher says that calculus does not deserve the bad rap it gets. He believes it is a relatively simple subject in the realm of math and could even be taught without the other prerequisite math courses.

      Of course, he IS kind of a genius.

      Your results may vary.


      That is what I have heard as well; that it is a more... intuitive math that is long on thinking and short on actual number crunching. I am just a bit nervous to jump back into school with a subject I don't like and am not "naturally" gifted at and actually avoided.

      Damn I wish I could have gone through my undergrad differently...

      For starters, I wouldn't have worked full-time through it.
      I thought it was going to be different;It turned out to be(,) just the same.

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      • #4
        Calculus is pretty easy. A lot of people learn it in high school and conceptually it is quite simple.

        Pre-calc is a waste of time: it is just a review of stuff you already studied in high school.
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        • #5
          A good dental hygienist can help you with any calculus problems you may have.

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          • #6
            A good dental hygienist can help you with any calculus problems you may have.


            Thanks!
            I thought it was going to be different;It turned out to be(,) just the same.

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            • #7
              A good dental hygienist can help you with any calculus problems you may have.


              A really good one will give you a blowjob afterwards
              Hail Homer! Blessed is he among men and blessed is the fruit of his loins Bart.

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              • #8
                Thanks!


                No problem.
                I like to be helpful.

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                • #9
                  A really good one will give you a blowjob afterwards


                  I guess I've never had a really good dental hygienist.
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                  • #10
                    Watch 'Stand and Deliver' first.

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                    • #11
                      We watched that all throughout middle school.

                      It's surprising how many kids these days haven't seen it. I'm getting old.

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                      I thought it was going to be different;It turned out to be(,) just the same.

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                      • #12
                        Once you learn and understand the fundamentals of calculus its like a party.

                        Do the homework and keep at it.
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                        • #13
                          what kind of job do you want when you leave school?

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                          • #14
                            I am in need of taking Calculus as a requirement for PhD programs. Why my undergrad university didn't make me aware of this, I don't know...

                            Anyway, I need to take care of this relatively fast, and would kinda like to just jump in and take Calc I. (should fulfill the grad application requirements). It would also save me a lot of money to only take the one class.
                            HOWEVER, I have never taken a calculus-type math before.

                            I took college algebra, trigonometry, and two semesters of trig-based physics. I didn't pay much attention in those classes, and my grades were passing to say the absolute best I can. I do not like mathematics, and am not looking forward to this.

                            In any event, I plan on either going part-time at my job or quitting altogether and teaching general biology labs at my undergrad university, so I should have plenty of time to study.

                            Do you think I should be safe to jump into Calc I, or should I take Precalculus first?

                            How difficult is calculus?



                            pre calc is nothing more that some more algebra and trig,

                            Get into Calc I and get going on differentiation and the some integration in Calc II.
                            Once you learn the basics you should be fine. There will always be problems you will need to look up in either a math handbook or on the net.
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                            • #15
                              Calculus is pretty easy. A lot of people learn it in high school and conceptually it is quite simple.

                              Pre-calc is a waste of time: it is just a review of stuff you already studied in high school.


                              ditto
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