mom2bee Posted December 15, 2012 Share Posted December 15, 2012 I took Calculus II over the summer, it was a fantastic class and I did very well in the class. I didn't get a chance to take Calculus III in the Fall semester though, so I am thinking of taking it this Spring so that I may take Advanced Calculus I in Fall 2013. My question is, what can I do to prepare for Calculus 3? I'm trying to decide if it is better to review Calculus 1 and 2 or preview Calc 3. I'm spending the weekend unwinding from last semester and am going to begin organizing for the Spring semester on Monday. I tutor Calc 1 as a part of my job, but I haven't done Calculus 2 since my Calc 2 Final... I the Spring I will be taking the following classes Discrete Math 2 Linear Algebra Physics 2 (and lab) Calculus 3 OR Differential Equations.... When I decide between Calc 3 and Diff Eq, I will take the other one over the summer...because Advanced Calc 1 is ONLY offered in the Fall, so I have to be ready. I have heard that none of these classes are especially difficult, but that they are all time consuming and I want to set myself up responsibly to do well next semester (I'm still waiting for my Fall grades, but I have a feeling they are passing but lower than I'd like them to be.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Jane in NC Posted December 15, 2012 Share Posted December 15, 2012 Both Calc III and Differential Equations assume that you have basic integration techniques under your belt. Calc III has vector work (curvature/torque) and center of gravity problems that help with physics so I think I would choose that course first. To prepare you might want to do a bit of review and preview. Give yourself a Calc II integration test that includes a variety of techniques. Then preview Calc III. One of the hardest things I think students have to do in Calc III is visualize what is being asked. I would spend a bit of time sketching three dimensional curves and surfaces. Will you use Maple? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

mom2bee Posted December 15, 2012 Author Share Posted December 15, 2012 I definitely have basic integration techniques down pat. I don't know if the class will use MAPLE. Some teachers use it, others don't. I wanted to take Calc 3 at my local CC (and the place where I work) but I will have to take it at my 4-year Uni instead. I have no idea about MAPLE, but I am inclined to think that the answer will be 'No'. I only just considered postpoining Calc 3 until the summer. I don't want to kill myself with homework overload and I heard Calc 3. described as "easy but lengthy" I know that I will have homework for mandatory and graded homework for Linear Algebra and Physics 2 and the Discrete 2 teacher is known to refuse to do her lecture if no one has done the homework for Discrete. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Jane in NC Posted December 15, 2012 Share Posted December 15, 2012 Well Differential Equations can be taught from either a theoretical or an algorithmic perspective. The latter is particularly true at an engineering school. Personally I think it is easier than Multivariable Calc, but again that may depend on how this course is taught as well. Green and Stokes Theorems are really beautiful. I would hate for you to rush through this material (Calc III) in a summer session. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

mom2bee Posted December 15, 2012 Author Share Posted December 15, 2012 What can I do to preview Diff. Eq.? I don't have a Differential Equations textbook. Should I just watch some KhanAcademy type math videos? Is there a website thats got a lot of useful resources? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

mom2bee Posted December 17, 2012 Author Share Posted December 17, 2012 So, I noticed that if I post-pone Calc 3 until the summer, it can be the only class that I take, whereas if I take Calc 3 now, I will have to take two classes in the summer -- Differential Equations and Programming II. I think that I am leaning toward taking Calculus 3 in the Summer, because then I will be able to focus strictly on Calculus 3 and I'll have 12 weeks to take the class anyway, so I wont be that pressed for time....also, 5 credits is cheaper than 6 credits and I'll have to pay out of pocket to take a class during the summer, since my scholarship is only for the main terms... :(. So, I think my Spring schedule will be Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Physics II, Discrete II. and Programming II. (17 credits) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

mom2bee Posted December 24, 2012 Author Share Posted December 24, 2012 Wow, I have bounced around a bit on this topic, but I think that I will, infact, take Calculus 3 next semester! So, with that settled (or is it?) I will do 2 parts review and 1 part preview. I like to have some idea of what I am getting myself into. According to certain websites, my teacher isn't that great but I don't mind. I tend to do well with some unpopular math teachers. I'm thinking that if I overload my schedule this spring, cut back my work hours and pace myself and manage my time I can have a really successful semester in the Spring. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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