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    I recently finished a Calc 1 course at my school and I have a few general questions about understanding the subject. My class stressed the mechanical aspects of calculus and ignored proving things or explaining why things work. I am hoping to study math in college(and i want to know anyway) so should I try to go back in fill in some of the blanks ? I have tried to look at some of the proofs out of the book, and while some I think I understand (like the delta-epsilon stuff), some I cannot follow at all. Even worse is that I can usually follow them but I cannot understand how someone could possibly think up some of the steps. I have never had a class that stressed learning this stuff so I really don't understand proofs altogether.
    I guess my questions are - should I worry about this now? and where could I find resources to help me understand it better. Any advice is welcome thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billa View Post
    I recently finished a Calc 1 course at my school and I have a few general questions about understanding the subject. My class stressed the mechanical aspects of calculus and ignored proving things or explaining why things work. I am hoping to study math in college(and i want to know anyway) so should I try to go back in fill in some of the blanks ? I have tried to look at some of the proofs out of the book, and while some I think I understand (like the delta-epsilon stuff), some I cannot follow at all. Even worse is that I can usually follow them but I cannot understand how someone could possibly think up some of the steps. I have never had a class that stressed learning this stuff so I really don't understand proofs altogether.
    I guess my questions are - should I worry about this now? and where could I find resources to help me understand it better. Any advice is welcome thanks.
    Once one finishes Calc I,II, and III the usually move onto Analysis which is the reformilization of Calculus. In here you will prove all the theorems, most of them are omitted from your book because they often require another field of mathematics that is currently out of your grasp. So of course you should look at the proofs, but don't feel like you not understanding them at this point in your mathematical career pegs you for failure. I hope that clears things up
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    I see ty
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