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Re: Doubling math classes
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Feb 20, 1995 8:09 PM


Thirty years ago, I was in an accelerated math program and took calculus in my senior year of high school. When I went to college, I then skipped the first year of engineering math, basically a calculus course. I never did "get" math from then on. It was too much to go right in to the second year of engineering math. Of course, a lot of things might be different nowadays, but I would recommend that the students not double up to get a year ahead. Even if they do, they should not use advanced placement tests to test out of the first year of college math. Don't rush it, study each topic thoroughly. When you're pushing fifty, as I am now, having gotten a year ahead seems a small benefit for having lost the foundation somewhere along the way. Tom Wagner, jstew@acad1.alaska.edu
On Sun, 19 Feb 1995, Ed Wall wrote:
> Question: Some high schools are recommending that students that do well > in Algebra I (i.e. A students) double up next year (i.e the sophmore > year) and take Geometry and Algebra II so that they can take Calculus by their > senior year. Is this a reasonable thing to recommend? > > I am somewhat dubious about the utility of taking Calculus the senior year, > but I wonder just what the math classes are like at these schools. I > would hope that Geometry and Algebra II alone offered sufficient challenge to > even the best student. Certainly the material that COULD be covered is more > than sufficient for such a challenge. > > Ed Wall > >



