[quote]Professor X wrote:
I was not aware of any “accelerated classes”. People who wanted to finish quicker just took more hours. I knew a number who finished 4 or 5 year degrees in 3 years…but all they literally did was study and take tests. I for one am glad I stuck with the books in college…but I also like the fact that I enjoyed it too.
College is a cool time and basically the last chance you have before the real world slaps you in the face (which won’t be a pretty situation for MANY college students once they realize how their life choices really pay off). It helps to have some really good memories of it instead of just books.
To major in english and then take “biology and math” real fast makes little sense. If anything, do it the other way around.
You can take as many hours as you like when you petition but, you can not take pre-calc and calculus 1 in the same semester. He took the max allowable hours and then petitioned to be allowed to take more but, almost non where math or/science just those required in General Ed. and those for his minor. So, without a way to take move along faster he will essentially be taking just math/science courses for a few years. I have suggested ACT exams and credit by examination but, he will have to study on his own for that and ask his school about any issues.
ACT’s are an entrance exam, you don’t get credit for them. And if he is already taking or about to take precalc, then there is nothing he can do to accelerate the process. A standard two to three semester basic calculus sequence is a prerequisite for any higher math and you will not be allowed to take any of those concurrently or on an accelerated basis. Some schools have tried programs like that before and they have all failed miserably. I don’t know of any school these days that does that. The material is way too important to try and rush it. Once you are done with the basic calculus you can take more math classes at the same time (i.e. differential equations, linear algebra, non-euclidian geometry, and most theoretical mathematics classes can be taken concurrently but require a basic calculus sequence to take). Sorry, but your brother should have planned things better.
EDIT: Also, no school worth a damn will give credit by examination for anything above remedial college algebra. I doubt they even have tests for anything higher.
Based on my ACT and entrance exam I was pegged to start at Calc III. At the sit down orientation with my folks, they looked shocked and I laughed out loud- we all thought they were joking.
Dr. Matt is right. More and more colleges are finding that students have a very poor grasp of basic math. I know in Colorado some of the universities there were finding their remedial courses with larger numbers than the pre-cal and Calc courses. There was heat pushed onto the highschools because of how poorly the students did on the entrance exams (with were mostly algebra and geometry with a little algebra II and some trig).
<------------------married to math teacher who has taught the AP Calc classes a different schools in different states.
<-------------------also had to once walk a Mcarthur scholar through his own algebraic equation during a seminar.