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I've noticed that my college offers Survey of Calculus in addition to regular Calculus. I'm not a math major, but I do need a math course for my requirements. What's the difference between these classes, and which one is generally better for a non-math major? Any input would be appreciated, thanks!

9 months ago

In general, Survey of Calculus and regular Calculus cover similar topics but differ in their degree of depth, focus, and pacing. The main differences are as follows:

Survey of Calculus, sometimes called "Calculus for Business" or "Calculus for Social Sciences," is a one-semester course designed for students not majoring in the maths or sciences. It offers a more practical, real-world perspective, with a focus on applying calculus concepts to business, economics, or social sciences.

The course covers elementary topics like limit, differentiation, and integration, but in less depth and complexity compared to a regular Calculus series. It is typically a good choice for non-math majors because it is less intense and more approachable for those seeking a basic introduction to calculus.

Regular Calculus, on the other hand, is usually a two or three-semester sequence covering topics in more depth and with a stronger theoretical emphasis, intended for students majoring in math, science, and engineering fields.

It dives into more advanced topics like multi-variable calculus and may require a stronger foundation in pre-calculus or trigonometry. This series is more demanding than a Survey of Calculus course, but it provides a deeper understanding of the subject for those pursuing a math-related major.

As a non-math major, the Survey of Calculus course is likely a better choice for you, as it’s tailored to those with non-STEM majors and should provide a sufficient level of understanding for your program requirements. Students usually find Survey of Calculus to be more manageable and relevant to their fields of study, while non-STEM majors in a regular Calculus course might struggle with the precision, depth, and pacing.

9 months ago

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