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I'm trying to teach myself calculus for fun and never been a math person.  What kind of tips or tricks do you have for memorizing the rules?

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4 minutes ago, bosoxs45 said:

I'm trying to teach myself calculus for fun and never been a math person.  What kind of tips or tricks do you have for memorizing the rules?

 

in order to grasp it, you need to first understand algebra & trigonometry, 

if you have a solid base there, then calculus shouldn't be too difficult.   When you get to vector calculus (x, y, z = 3 dimensions) it gets quite a bit more difficult, imo.

I don't remember any 'cheats' from my days doing calc. sory.

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I don't think you can cram memorization for Calculus like you would, say, memorize dates in history or chemical symbols or laws of physics. Learning calculus comes from understanding it.

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1 hour ago, tommyboy said:

 

in order to grasp it, you need to first understand algebra & trigonometry, 

if you have a solid base there, then calculus shouldn't be too difficult.   When you get to vector calculus (x, y, z = 3 dimensions) it gets quite a bit more difficult, imo.

I don't remember any 'cheats' from my days doing calc. sory.

This can't be stressed enough.  The basic calculus concepts are fairly simple.  The algebra and trig gets you bogged down.

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No tips or tricks, but if you commit to helping someone else learn calculus you will learn it faster. Start as a volunteer tutor at the public library. Call it "Calculus Prep". What will they do..... fire you? Then when you can competently answer all their answers start tutoring Calculus 1. If that sounds like the long boring way of learning Calculus, then you are well on your way!

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1 hour ago, bosoxs45 said:

I'm trying to teach myself calculus for fun and never been a math person.  What kind of tips or tricks do you have for memorizing the rules?

If you're able to follow the notation, just practice practice practice.

If you're not able to follow the notation, find a book or video that explains things well in English.

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Memorize calculus? Math is generally understood, not memorized. What’s your current math level/ability? 

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2 hours ago, Galileo said:

Or...sleep with the professor's wife.

Could get you an F.

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Probably the best way to learn calculus would be start from the beginning and work your way up organically. Either take classes at a CC or just find a text book and start from the last thing you understand. You could probably do basic derivative and integration stuff just by memorizing the formulas, but anything beyond that needs a stronger foundation than what can be achieved by just picking up a differential equation book or whatever.

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11 minutes ago, huthut said:

Probably the best way to learn calculus would be start from the beginning and work your way up organically. Either take classes at a CC or just find a text book and start from the last thing you understand. You could probably do basic derivative and integration stuff just by memorizing the formulas, but anything beyond that needs a stronger foundation than what can be achieved by just picking up a differential equation book or whatever.

I think he’s the type that just posts random threads and doesn’t come back to them 

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I don't know what's crazier; that you think learning calculus is fun or that you think you're going to stick with it long enough to actually learn it.

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9 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

I think he’s the type that just posts random threads and doesn’t come back to them 

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1 hour ago, bosoxs45 said:

🙈

Maybe I have you confused with someone else...but didn't you start an impeach Trump thread in the wrong forum and never post in it again?

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18 hours ago, Gally said:

Cheat off your neighbor

Cheat off your neighbor's wife

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If you study calculus drunk, make sure you perform the calculus drunk.  

 

-my freshman roommate, probably

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1 hour ago, Foosball God said:

Cheat off  with your neighbor's wife?

 

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Be smart.

If that isn't an option you are screwed.

YWIA, HTH, WAY, etc., etc.

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Pick up another language "for fun", it's much more rewarding. 

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Just now, Arizona Ron said:

Pick up another language "for fun", it's much more rewarding. 

:goodposting: I have always wanted to improve my German (studied it in HS & college).

However, I think practically it would be better if I start on Spanish in the near future.

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On 6/5/2019 at 2:23 PM, Leroy Hoard said:

Pretend all the calculus books are naked.

Thank you for this. Made me laugh.

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Not sure what you're using right now, but I'd suggest Khan Academy's calc videos. They're fairly short and tractable, and you can go back to their pre-calc / algebra videos if you need to brush up on fundamentals. Their video series aren't as rigorous as actual collegiate courses, but you cover most of the same concepts and it doesn't cost anything. 

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On 6/5/2019 at 6:32 PM, Galileo said:

This can't be stressed enough.  The basic calculus concepts are fairly simple.  The algebra and trig gets you bogged down.

Yeah - exactly.

I got through calc by mostly visualizing the "space" - in a geometric sense.

I never was good at "solving the math", but I understood it enough to use it in other things later.

Does this make sense to you?

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Do it the way the Japanese kids all do it in those Facebook videos. 

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4 hours ago, Osaurus said:

Get a protege 

How is a Mazda going to help teach him calculus? 

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9 minutes ago, urbanhack said:

Get high 

...

44 minutes ago, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

I got through calc by mostly visualizing the "space" - in a geometric sense.

duh

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5 minutes ago, arrow1 said:

sleep with the book under your pillow.  #osmosis

Problem is the pages will get stuck together.

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On 6/5/2019 at 6:57 PM, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

If you're able to follow the notation, just practice practice practice.

If you're not able to follow the notation, find a book or video that explains things well in English.

It took about 10 minutes (oh, who am I kidding, two weeks) to figure out that X wasn't scared of anything, and he was talking about X2

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On 6/6/2019 at 7:23 AM, munga30 said:

The Essence of Calculus

Had a bunch of calc as an engineering major but still had several wow moments in this series.

This is an awesome series.  Going to binge watch them and then save it for when my kids need calc help.

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