#### nycmathdad

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Why do most teachers and students agree that Calculus 2 is harder than 1 and 3?

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Why do most teachers and students agree that Calculus 2 is harder than 1 and 3?

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I never took Calculus 1, 2, or 3. I was a Sociology major. I did take Precalculus as an elective course and got an A minus in the Spring 1993 semester. In my opinion, Professor Leonard on You Tube is the best math teacher online.

I am currently learning Calculus 1 just for fun. I am watching his video lectures and find the course not so bad (for now). Professor Leonard uploaded an entire Calculus 1, 2, and 3 course for anyone wishing to learn Calculus the right way.

Of course, Calculus 1, 2, and 3 is a walk in the park compared to Advanced Calculus, which I never plan to learn. It is insanely hard. Professor Leonard does not teach Advanced Calculus. In any case, go check out his video lectures recorded in actual class time. Yes, the students are present.

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I'll tell you what, go check out his video lectures yourself and try to learn something from them.... In any case, go check out his video lectures recorded in actual class time...

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I never took Calculus 1, 2, or 3. I was a Sociology major. I did take Precalculus as an elective course and got an A minus in the Spring 1993 semester. In my opinion, Professor Leonard on You Tube is the best math teacher online.

I am currently learning Calculus 1 just for fun. I am watching his video lectures and find the course not so bad (for now). Professor Leonard uploaded an entire Calculus 1, 2, and 3 course for anyone wishing to learn Calculus the right way.

Of course, Calculus 1, 2, and 3 is a walk in the park compared to Advanced Calculus, which I never plan to learn. It is insanely hard. Professor Leonard does not teach Advanced Calculus. In any case, go check out his video lectures recorded in actual class time. Yes, the students are present.

What on Earth do all does have in common, especially about Leonard on youtube?

Did you think that maybe learning arithmetic before Calculus might be beneficial??

Of the four courses that you mentioned I think that you studied none of them. Can you explain how you then can rate them in terms of difficulty?

Advanced Calculus was not hard at all in my opinion. I felt that it was just as easy as the rest of my other courses that I studied as an undergraduate.

Here is my response to your original question. Which calculus course is hardest? It depends on the particular student and what is going on in their life. I was allowed to take linear algebra along with calculus 3. I absolutely loved the abstractness of linear algebra and put all my energy into learning the beginning of this beautiful subject that I put very little energy into calculus 3. Yes, I earned my A in calculus 3 but it was harder for me because the energy level to learn it just wasn't there.

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Why do you like the abstract part of linear algebra?I never took Calculus 1, 2, or 3. I was a Sociology major. I did take Precalculus as an elective course and got an A minus in the Spring 1993 semester. In my opinion, Professor Leonard on You Tube is the best math teacher online.

What on Earth do all does have in common, especially about Leonard on youtube?

I am currently learning Calculus 1 just for fun.

Did you think that maybe learning arithmetic before Calculus might be beneficial??

Of course, Calculus 1, 2, and 3 is a walk in the park compared to Advanced Calculus, which I never plan to learn. It is insanely hard.

Of the four courses that you mentioned I think that you studied none of them. Can you explain how you then can rate them in terms of difficulty?

Advanced Calculus was not hard at all in my opinion. I felt that it was just as easy as the rest of my other courses that I studied as an undergraduate.

Here is my response to your original question. Which calculus course is hardest? It depends on the particular student and what is going on in their life. I was allowed to take linear algebra along with calculus 3. I absolutely loved the abstractness of linear algebra and put all my energy into learning the beginning of this beautiful subject that I put very little energy into calculus 3. Yes, I earned my A in calculus 3 but it was harder for me because the energy level to learn it just wasn't there.

There were perhaps a dozen people in that class. As I recollect, there was one A for a guy who took to it like a duck to water, my B, to achieve which I had to work hard, and a bunch of C’s ov varying degrees. I think it was a required course for education majors who wanted to teach math; they were by and large bemused. Calculus was a breeze compared to abstract algebra because calculus involves a small number of concepts; all the rest is technique.

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I take that personally even if I am not a mathematician!The hardest course I took in math at the college level was abstract algebra. I suspect it is what separates mathematicians from normal people.

Abstract Algebra for math ed majors? Funny!

It proved to me that I had not a single mathematician’s bone in my body. Studying history was the right academic field for me: what counts as evidence and how much weight will it bear were things I had an intuition for,I take that personally even if I am not a mathematician!

Abstract Algebra for math ed majors? Funny!

I have no idea what drugs they take in schools of education. When I took Abstract Algebra, it was the heyday of the New Math: quite possibly, Timothy Leary was an advisor back then.

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You majored in history? I thought you had a math degree. I majored in sociology but always had an interest in mathematics.It proved to me that I had not a single mathematician’s bone in my body. Studying history was the right academic field for me: what counts as evidence and how much weight will it bear were things I had an intuition for,

I have no idea what drugs they take in schools of education. When I took Abstract Algebra, it was the heyday of the New Math: quite possibly, Timothy Leary was an advisor back then.

I went to secondary schools that stressed mathematics and language to the almost total exclusion of anything else except the physical sciences. Then I went to Columbia, which loathed specialization in undergraduate education but had an incredible history department. Analysis was ugly, and abstract algebra was hard, and I like history.You majored in history? I thought you had a math degree. I majored in sociology but always had an interest in mathematics.

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So, did you major in math or history? I heard about abstract algebra aka modern algebra. Thank God I never have to take so a course. What's analysis? Proofs?I went to secondary schools that stressed mathematics and language to the almost total exclusion of anything else except the physical sciences. Then I went to Columbia, which loathed specialization in undergraduate education but had an incredible history department. Analysis was ugly, and abstract algebra was hard, and I like history.

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Calculus 2 is harder than 1 and 3. I must also say that, according to students, calculus 3 is no walk in the park. However, Advanced Calculus is WAY HARDER than the regular calculus sequence. What are your thoughts on Advanced Calculus?

Here is lecture 1 by James Cook

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... Here is lecture 1 by James Cook ...

Analysis is the formal foundation of the real number system, infinite sequences and series, and calculus.So, did you major in math or history? I heard about abstract algebra aka modern algebra. Thank God I never have to take so a course. What's analysis? Proofs?

History major.

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Wow! Impressive. A history major with cool math skills.Analysis is the formal foundation of the real number system, infinite sequences and series, and calculus.

History major.