# calculus

Michael Finney

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posted 13 years ago

Hello.

I want to take calculus I and after that calculus II.

Has anyone had good experiences with specific teachers in Colorado Springs that they would like to share with me / us?

On a different note see the following for interesting Java calculus related applet animations

http://www.ima.umn.edu/~arnold/graphics-j.html#differential

Thanks,

Michael

I want to take calculus I and after that calculus II.

Has anyone had good experiences with specific teachers in Colorado Springs that they would like to share with me / us?

On a different note see the following for interesting Java calculus related applet animations

http://www.ima.umn.edu/~arnold/graphics-j.html#differential

Thanks,

Michael

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posted 13 years ago

Finding a good calculus instuctor is important- especially in Cal 2. I had a great instructor for Cal 2- he seem to make integration and differentiation easy

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posted 13 years ago

integration and differentiation ARE easy....multiple integration is harder...differential equations lost me. but then everything after one term i tried to learn on my own. one thing im not looking forward to if i transfer to university after getting my next two associates is having to take more math and science courses.

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posted 13 years ago

calculus is a mathematical tool that makes it easier to solve certain types of problems. an example i still remember after over 20 years is finding the impedence and phase angle of an electronic circuit where you have a resistor and a capacitor or coil. without calculus you had to solve two different (and somewhat complicated) equations. using calculus, you get both answers at once by solving one simple equation.

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Angela Poynton

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posted 13 years ago

ahh but now we have the internet to do all that!!

- Sorry couldn't resist!

Originally posted by Randall Twede:

calculus is a mathematical tool that makes it easier to solve certain types of problems.

ahh but now we have the internet to do all that!!

- Sorry couldn't resist!

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Anonymous

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posted 13 years ago

I am taking cal II now..the worst part is the infinite series n finding wheter a series converges absolutly or not to a number using Alternate test, partial sums, p-series...??

It's bit abstract..but i have to take it...

It's bit abstract..but i have to take it...

posted 13 years ago

i agree integration and differentiation involving trig sucked, but thats cause trig sucks. the basic concepts of integration and differentiation were simple though.

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Shubhrajit Chatterjee

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posted 13 years ago

Concepts of calculus is very simple ... however I found it difficult to solve the complex integrals and differential equations that form the part of the mathematical course in high school. I still wonder where in real life these complex integrals find an application ... because solving the integrals in physics was cheese cake.

Things turned diffcult when I went to study electrical enginnering. The differential calculus part was always easy, but integrals over three dimentional vectors, differential equations with singularity, It was a nightmare !!!

My attitude towards calculus can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics ...

When we differentiate, we are actually breaking order and increasing entropy .. so that is easy ... when we integrate, we try to do the reverse ... ie we try to bring order which is difficult ...

Things turned diffcult when I went to study electrical enginnering. The differential calculus part was always easy, but integrals over three dimentional vectors, differential equations with singularity, It was a nightmare !!!

My attitude towards calculus can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics ...

When we differentiate, we are actually breaking order and increasing entropy .. so that is easy ... when we integrate, we try to do the reverse ... ie we try to bring order which is difficult ...

Shubhrajit

Barry Gaunt

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posted 13 years ago

In the case of numerical analysis however numerical integration is easy, but numerical differentiation is not.

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