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May 5th, 2010, 12:45 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: May 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Returning to college  where to start?
Hi, I'm reentering undergraduate college for the first time in six years. One of my interests is math. I got a score of 3 on AP Calculus AB a long time ago. I took the Calculus IIII sequence in my last college stint. Though I did OK in them, I only did as much as I needed to get by  and that was at an easy school with low expectations. I've also done a semester of discrete math and a semester of group theory at an elite school's summer program. I did well in discrete and just passably in group (although my proofs were always highly praised) and linear algebra. Throughout it all, I wish I had applied myself more, because I know I'm capable of excellent work. Now that I am returning to school, I have the opportunity to take my time and do it right. I have been trying some practice tests in calculus and linear algebra; and whether it's because I'm rusty or because I never studied hard, I am finding I remember relatively little. So I'm wondering where I should resume my math work when I return to college this summer. This college has an honors calculus sequence that ought to be very rigorous, but I wonder if I'd be bored in it (and not particularly pleased to be the only one older than 19). Though my foundation will definitely be great if I do it, is it worth all the time and money when I already have the credits? (I know that to some extent I'm the only one who can answer that question.) On the other hand, I could start with more advanced stuff like number theory or differential equations, refreshing myself on the older material as needed. But will I just get overwhelmed and lost, just as I was in the final lessons of the group theory course I took? Any advice? 
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