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    easy question involving fundamental theorem

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    Ok, my friend, I was in your spot at one time, I found myself to significantly improve in maths from back in the day, when I was truly a monster. It seems to me you are cramming for a final examination perhaps. You've posted a many topics ranging from various form for the reason you stated, but the best thing you can do right now is take a break, go outside for a minute, open your mind to fresh air. Come back in, and for a few minutes evaluate to YOU what your weak points are in the course, assess them, and study each one intently, without jumping around from topic to topic causing your mind to be in a constant flutter of mathematical terms, Sorry to be of no use to your post. Mr. F warn me if need be.
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    lol youre totally right, but the thing is the exam is like 7 hours away, and i have another exam right before that...so im pulling an all-nighter trying to understand something.

    in terms of what i dont understand, honestly, theres almost nothing that id be extremely confident on if i saw it. the class for someone like me is a monster- the book/curriculum is taken directly from MIT and you needed a 700+ on math SAT to even be considered (and even with all these topnotch students, the midterm was curved 40 points)

    so at this point, i just want to be able to have something down for each question. i have followed that advice, and taken numerous breaks. but theres just so many things that were crammed in that im just trying to get a little bit of knowledge on everything rather than an extreme knowledge on one thing (and god forbid that 1 thing isnt on the 9-question test)

    PS...the taylor error is probably the only thing i literally wold have to leave completely blank with no idea how to even start it (besides one other question that is forthcoming )
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    Worst thing I ever did for a math test or final. Pull an all nighters the night before, I always pull all-nighters previous to the test but never before, I allow my mind to rest, be at peace, re-gain its mental energy, get a good breakfast, and read up on some follow up questions pre-test. I suggest you do the same, a all night will not benefit you any much more than you what you can recall at this moment, If I recall these feelings, stress, panic, frustration, from studying all night thinking you know the material only to take the test and draw a blank. Get some rest bud, for a few hours, eat some food, then read up before the test. However, if you persist to study do as you mentioned copy down a legitimately example that can be easily seen by you to prove some theorem. Refresh after breakfast.

    As for you Taylor series error, ill reply to that in an another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep08 View Post
    thanks man. but to be completely honest with myself, i dont know the material well at all- to freeze and forget everything would basically equate to what ive learned on these forums- because other than here, im really lost in the class.
    i would love to study before hand, but the book isnt helpful at all- it only includes proofs with no examples done out, and then near-impossible examples that takes the top of the class an hour per question to complete

    my only solace is that im pretty much guaranteed a passing grade because of the way its setup. but im only in part 1 of 4, and if i do really bad, i cant see myself being able to tough it out for 3 more semesters
    I find it very hard to believe that in a Calc I course the textbook contains nothing but proofs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep08 View Post
    lol youre telling me! maybe not all proofs, but the examples in the book are like let x=n or something....they dont give you any practical examples that you can apply to questions. they proove examples by induction.

    technically i guess its calc 1, but not a traditional one at that. i took 2 semesters of the traditional college calc 1 and 2 in high school as a senior. then to get into this course, you needed to excel in both those (which is hard enough to get into in high school) and have a 700+ math score (i had a perfect score and killed those classes, and this couse is tearing me apart)...i took it to the schools math tutoring department--its not even covered by the department, they were shocked when i told them i was a freshman, and they directed me to like 5 grad students dedicated to helping me......

    believe me, if you guys find this stuff relatively easy, i am very impressed. but for an 18 year old like me, ive had many sleepless nights because of this class already
    We're both 18 here son. This is just blowing my mind. You're college tutoring department doesn't support Calc I (or II)?? And, why would they direct you to grad students?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep08 View Post
    lol...they support 1 and 2...but not the "advanced calc" segment. as ive said i took calc I and II in HS. what im taking now is essentially calc I w/ loads of theory+ calc II w loads of theory+ some other stuff all crammed into 1 semester (essentially, its everything i learned in all of last year and more crammed into 1 class that meets 4 hours a week for a semester)

    the questions im posting i am having trouble with because, ive spread myself so thin on all the different parts of it. the individual homework questions i try to get help with are extremely difficult. the tutring place is run by qualified students, and the regulars couldnt come close to figuring out the questions, so ive had to go to the heads
    I'm speechless.
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