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Topic: Why is there no multivarible in BC?
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Joshua Zucker

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Why is there no multivarible in BC?
Posted: Jun 18, 1999 8:26 AM
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University courses differ.
In some third-quarter calculus courses, there's a lot of differential
equations. In others, as you point out, some multivariable. In
others, an introduction to linear algebra.

It seems to me it's up to the individual university to decide how much
credit to give, and which courses to exempt students from, after
they've had BC calculus. And the BC curriculum should try to
represent some kind of average, which I think it does a fairly good
job of doing.

To get up on my personal soapbox, I'd rather see the BC curriculum
"rather than cover many topics, uncover a few" but the colleges need
to lead the way on that one, I think. Us high school teachers won't
have the clout, until college calc courses start working with fewer
topics in more depth.

--Joshua Zucker
Gunn HS, Palo Alto, CA

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