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February 2nd, 2015, 11:40 PM   #1
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I'm here to prove something to the universe!

Hey yall!

Background: I have a BS in Computer Science, but I left that three years ago to teach English in Japan. I love the teaching but miss the STEM, so I'm working on becoming a U.S. teacher over the next few years. This means diving back into math after a six-year hiatus and preparing for Calc 2 (and beyond) by September.

I loved math through high school, but in college, I didn't put the necessary effort into Calculus and scraped by with a C. That was my last math class, and that C still makes me crawl because I know I could have done much better.

I spent the last year reviewing basic math (for the GRE) and working through basic review books on Pre-Calc and Calc 1 (just because). I've truly enjoyed doing this, so I decided to level up, and Spivak's Calculus is arriving tomorrow. I am fortunate to have a lot of free time at work so my nutso goal is to master each topic before its course begins.

Anyway, nice to be here, happy to meet you, and please forgive my many future questions.

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February 3rd, 2015, 05:53 AM   #2
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Welcome!

I have good news/bad news. On the plus side, I think you'll find that Calculus is a lot easier this time around. Most of the time calc is taught too young, and students find that if they learned it later they'd understand it much better. On the minus... Calc 2 is a truly difficult class, so don't let it catch you unawares. At most (?) colleges it's used to weed out those who can't handle advanced math so they drop early.

Of course if you study Spivak's Calculus ahead of time that should give you a real advantage, so I like the plan!
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February 3rd, 2015, 11:01 PM   #3
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Oh yah, Calc II's reputation really does precede it. I'm terrified enough to put nearly two full years between the start of my Calc I refresher (a year ago) and registering for Calc II (September).

But... Spivak just arrived, so regardless, now it's time to start trekking through the mud!
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