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Who thinks they have an above average grasp of Calculus 2?

Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:45 pm

and could do it now?
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:51 pm

Once upon a time, I used to tutor in calc II. I have a pretty decent notebook sitting in my bookshelf, and two decent textbooks. Between those and google, I think I might be able to sole a problem.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:51 pm

Do you have a specific calculus question?
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:56 pm

I do! I took Calc I at a community college and am now going off to a university. I'm not sure how prepared I am for Calc II..


I can find a dirivative
I can find an integral (to some extent)
I'm not great at actually APPLYING it though, for instance if you gave me a word problem I wouldn't know how to use calc to solve it. How worried should I be?

If you gave me

find the int(2x^2 + 3) or so... I could do that.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:02 pm

I am absolutely certain that I do.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:07 pm

Is this a poll or do you have a question?

I was fine in calc 2 and 3, but when I had to apply calc 3 in E&M *FAIL*. Thats why I'm not an EE
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:10 pm

Woah, Calc II... totally don't remember it at all.
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:28 pm

Considering what the "average" grasp of Calculus is, I'd wager a very large amount that I remember more than the average person knows, even 20-odd years later. Think about how many folks you meet every day that can't even do simple algebra. Thing about how many of them don't understand how to work with fractions. :o

Yeah, I'd put money on most of the users of this site being better than "average" at Calculus. :D
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:45 pm

I'm going to go with JAE.

The project I'm working on now actually involves some calc. The whole idea is that I'm comparing the spectra of different spots on the side of a ceramic brick with known spectras.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:45 pm

What do you mean by average grasp?

I did okay in calculus and had a better than average grasp while enrolled in the class....but to be honest, I would need some time to review my old text books before I could solve anything to advanced. Does that mean I lost my grasp? Oh the shame!
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:51 pm

I understand it more than enough to use it in day to day activities, even if the only thing I can remember covering in calc 2 is first order linear systems.

I would say I'm a little more up to brush on calc 4 than calc 2.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:58 pm

What's the question 8)
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:08 pm

hell no my brain clearly wasnt intended to handle complex math, i can memorise the way to perform some simpler calculations but it never really makes sense
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:29 pm

Heh, I haven't taken a calc course yet, but sure why not, once upon a time I think I knew how to calculate a derivative my following a set of steps a cousin taught me.
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:19 pm

Hmm, I avoided my Calc II final freshman year and instead spent the time playing Mexican with my new fraternity brothers. When I moved into my new room the ensuing fall, the half-full mayo jug (ad-hoc pitcher) was where we left it 3 months prior. In Lolcat language, it had a flavr.
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:28 pm

It's been a few years. Given time I can grind through a problem.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:04 pm

I took Calc II in ... 2002, and I'm an engineering grad student so I think I could help. What's the problem?
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:20 pm

Heh... don't tell me you guys all wanna do his homework for him.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:42 pm

By calc II, do you mean 2nd year calculus (as in multi variable and differential calculus) or 2nd semester calculus (as in integrals)

I can still do derivatives using the chain rule, but would be a little rusty doing it long hand (ie, finding the limit of). I could also find the intergrals of only the most basic of problems, anything more complicated would require some time to relearn.

I still remember how to do multi variable, but the only thing I remember of differential calculus is LaPlace (that is, a single spike in a moment of time, a bullet being fired say).

But when all is said and done, I dropped engineering to take business. Considering how most of my fellow business students have trouble finding "x" amongst the most basic of equations, I think I'm doing all right.
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:26 pm

Sargent Duck wrote:
By calc II, do you mean 2nd year calculus (as in multi variable and differential calculus) or 2nd semester calculus (as in integrals)

I'm sure it's different at different schools. Our 1st semester calculus covered derivatives and integrals, while 2nd semester covered a bunch of series-related stuff, ordinary differential equations and a hodgepodge of linear algebra.
 
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bitvector wrote:
Sargent Duck wrote:
By calc II, do you mean 2nd year calculus (as in multi variable and differential calculus) or 2nd semester calculus (as in integrals)

I'm sure it's different at different schools. Our 1st semester calculus covered derivatives and integrals, while 2nd semester covered a bunch of series-related stuff, ordinary differential equations and a hodgepodge of linear algebra.


Forgive this poor confused Aussie, are you talking about High School Calc, or 2nd year uni calc?

Haven't done either for far too long but high school stuff shouldn't be too hard, might struggle with some the multi-variable stuff tho. Even if it has been 17 years since HS
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:43 am

Seeing that I am fresh off the press, I am pretty sure I'll do just fine.
 
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:44 pm

Since I just took my last multi-v course less than a year ago, I'd have to say yes. I don't remember how to do a lot of the more specialized integration stuff, and some of the multi-v was hard going, but I understand the underlying concepts much better than most people do.
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:06 pm

I haven't done any calc in years, but if I was given a problem I'd probably be able to hammer it out without too much trouble. That stuff seems to come back pretty easily. The CS major program at my school is heavy enough in math that it basically requires you have a math minor in order to graduate. Although after all that I've forgotten how to handle the simple stuff. Once while studying for an exam(no calculators) I had to ask a friend how to do long division by hand. :oops:
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:24 pm

I like how the OP hasn't come back to reply again.
 
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:42 pm

my calc I/II (everything up to linear) final made me its bitch. i dont think i finished a single question. :(
somehow i passed with a 55 .... i dont know how
 
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:05 pm

Don't ask me. Ask the King.

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That's not Stephen King. That's Stephen Hawking. Hawking. :wink: Although his neighbors in Cambridge may agree with the picture. I've read that he's quite a menace sometimes zooming around in that chair of his.


Fixed, thanks :) Hehe
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:o

That's not Stephen King. That's Stephen Hawking. Hawking. :wink: Although his neighbors in Cambridge may agree with the picture. I've read that he's quite a menace sometimes zooming around in that chair of his.
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:28 pm

Having a couple graduate degrees in math, I am a bit ashamed to have to admit that I am too far from most 1st/2nd year math to be able to easily solve problems. I would have to do some review to be as comfortable as a recent student in the class. If, however, you would like to chat about cohomology groups, than I am your guy (for the time being as I am heading toward Hopf algebras soon).

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