Calculus after being away from algebra for some time. Help me.
March 24, 2014 11:51 AM Subscribe
I am going to grad school in the fall. Hooray! Problem: I have to take calculus before I start and I am kind of freaking out.
posted by The Pantless Wonder to Education (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Everything is great about the grad program I've decided to attend. The only problem is that I found out with my admission that they want me to have calculus before I start. I haven't had calculus. It was news to me that I needed to do it before starting (non-math intensive field), but attending a different program that doesn't require it is not really a good option at this point, as this program is far and away the best financial option I have.
They said I can take any sort of calculus I want and that it can be at a university, community college, or online. I have opted to take a course called "Calculus for Business, Management, Social and Life Science" at my local community college. It starts in one week.
I had trig and pre-calc in high school, but other than that I have been away from higher level algebra for kind of a long time. I took stats recently with no problems and I also took Trig-Based General Physics last fall without too many problems. I also took the GRE last summer which required me to basically re-learn high school level algebra and geometry and did well.
I am more or less good at math, but I am really, really worried about my algebra not being up to snuff and failing miserably. I feel more or less comfortable working with basic trig, quadratic equations, basic algebraic operations. I have to go/no-go to all my grad programs by April 15th, so I'm concerned that I will accept the offer, turn down the others, and then fail calculus and totally screw myself.
I spoke with the professor about my situation. He scared me with how difficult this was going to be. He also said there are some others in the class in a similar situation to mine. I also have people close to me who are engineers/math students who I can enlist to help me a bit. I don't need to excel in the course, but I do need to pass.
-How screwed am I?
-Are there any strategies that can help me best succeed in this situation? Resources? Things I'm not thinking of?
-I am willing to dedicate as much time as it takes really to make this work. What should I be preparing for/reviewing?
-Any other advice?