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Old 05-10-2002, 10:58 PM   #16
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does this mean any of you guys can tell me what the hell calculus is?

i have to take it for my degree this fall.
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Old 05-10-2002, 10:59 PM   #17
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Old 05-11-2002, 12:00 PM   #18
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That is definitely true in many areas of science. But as I recall, don't you work in the field of biology?

AAAAHHHH!

*runs screaming from the thought of doing biology - the science for kindergarten children!

Just joking!

Actually, I am a biochemist, which truly is a blending of chemistry and biology (emphasis on the chemistry section - I've never even taken a biology class). I do a lot of analytical chemistry as well as protein purification and characterization. I have a colleague who does some heavy level protein characterization that does require very advanced level mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations) but for my work, this is not needed.

What is sad is that I have found some biologists so lacking in their mathematic abilities that teaching it to them (like how to do simple regression analysis) is quite challenging. But biologists do have the knack for knowing their species and growing things.

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does this mean any of you guys can tell me what the hell calculus is?

i have to take it for my degree this fall.
In a sentence, it's really a way of looking at the change in something as a result of something else. If you can remember that, you'll do fine. Don't let all the odd symbols or x's, y's, d(x)'s or d(y)'s or d''(x), etc. fool you. All these are just ways of expressing how x (and x can be anything) changes as a result of what happens to y.

Linear algebra deals with this on a much large scale, where matrixes are established accounting for numerous variables. You may glance at linear algebra in Calculus, but most likely you'll only really get into it in an upper level math course.

Calculus and linear algebra are needed to calculate various physical events. In other words, they are used in physics and its applications (in chemistry and engineering). But don't worry about that - just keep things simple. Think of silly items like, "if I eat this super spicy Dagwood sandwich this fast, what will happen to my stomach?" The rate that your stomach becomes upset in a span of 0 to 2 hours may be directly related to the rate of eating that sandwich or the rate at which you put more spicy things on it.

Keep in mind, I have simplified the definitions, so all you people taking Calculus, don't be offended. In fact, I think you should offer some examples to ease KhanadaRhodes mind.
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Imagine you're driving, and consider the distance you've driven as a function of time. The distance you've driven is changing with time, but it's not changing at a constant rate. When you're just pulling out of your driveway, your distance isn't changing very much. When you're on the highway, it's changing at a pretty large rate.

Calculus is essentially the mathematics of functions that are changing at non-constant rates.
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so why is calculus necessary for hotel/timeshare management?
back when i wanted to major in psychology i didn't need it; it seems more necessary for the latter, not the former.

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*raises hand*

i took the AB calc test last tuesday! i was actually signed up for BC, but i got lazy. no motivation, y'know? i thought the m/c was way easier than i expected, but the free response was a bitch (esp the no calculator part)

now all i have to do is wait until july to find out how i did...

*crosses fingers*

gah! i wish i were smarter...
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Same here Stories For Boys. Not the BC part, but how I felt about the test. The MC calc active part was way too easy, because in our practice tests I'd answer 5 of the calc active, but on the actual test I answered like all but 5, it was then I knew they would kill us on the free response. But it is good to know that others feel that same way, because if everybody did bad on the free response that bumps the curve up.
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