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    Math exams at universities.

    Hello, I just took a differential equations exam (exam 1), on linear equations, separation of variables, exact equations, homogenous equations, bernoulli's equations, and dy/dx=f(ax+by+c) equations.

    First, I have to say the exam was fair. I at least got an 100 percent on it. There were 104 points possible to get on it. The professor did not give us any challenging integrals. The hardest ones were the inverse sin(x) and lnx integrals-- which are still REALLY easy.

    I am wondering since I am at a community college is it true that if I were at university taking this class, the class would most likely be harder because the professor would give more challenging problems instead of the problems I am having in my classes?

    Through all of the math classes I have taken here, all of the exams have really been fair, there might be 1 or 2 tricky problems here and there, but that is about it.

    I am asking this because I hear many students who take calculus series, diff eqns., and linear algebra at universities, and they have trouble or do not do well in the class. As far as I see all of these classes are RELATIVELY easy to me, as long as you put in some work.


    I just want to get your guys opinions on this, as I will be at university as a junior starting in the fall.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    It's not beyond belief that the same course at a community college will be taught at an easier level than when taught at 4 yr university level.

    If you can do the problems in your textbook or otherwise assigned you should have no trouble doing well in any technical class.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    Quote Originally Posted by math951 View Post
    I am wondering since I am at a community college is it true that if I were at university taking this class, the class would most likely be harder because the professor would give more challenging problems instead of the problems I am having in my classes?
    Through all of the math classes I have taken here, all of the exams have really been fair, there might be 1 or 2 tricky problems here and there, but that is about it.
    I am asking this because I hear many students who take calculus series, diff eqns., and linear algebra at universities, and they have trouble or do not do well in the class. As far as I see all of these classes are RELATIVELY easy to me, as long as you put in some work.
    The main difference here is that generally speaking university students are better prepared and their instructors are better trained as a whole. That combination can and usually does make exams a bit more challenging. But remember that because of the nature of university classes, you will have better prepared yourself for exams.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    Quote Originally Posted by math951 View Post

    First, I have to say the exam was fair. I at least got an 100 percent on it. There were 104 points possible to get on it. The professor did not give us any challenging integrals.
    That doesn't sound like a fair exam. It sounds like a dumbed-down exam. Challenging integrals would, in part, help to differentiate students into A, B, C, etc. grade students.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    Quote Originally Posted by math951 View Post
    I at least got an 100 percent on it.

    As far as I see all of these classes are RELATIVELY easy to me, as long as you put in some work.


    I just want to get your guys opinions on this, as I will be at university as a junior starting in the fall.
    Ah- you're just bragging! Like greg1313, I wonder about your use of the word "fair" to describe an exam on which you do well!
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    I guess you guys are right -- I am not being challenged enough here. I meant "fair" as my professor told us she could pick any problem out of our assignments and put it on the exam. But then again, I talked to students outside of class who said they had trouble on some problems, and I was confused because the exam to me was relatively easy. Mind you I am no Einstein or am as good at math as you all are, I just do my homework, review, and then take the exam.
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    Same with my calculus 3 professor (multivariable calculus), he assigns us homework usually (1-40), and he states any problem on here is fair game for the exam. So it is a fair exam in that part, in my opinion. But what do I know I am just some student, you guys are masters lol.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    I just feel the majority of the math classes I have taken here, they are very mechanical. The only class that is less mechanical and requires lots of thought IMO is calculus 3 and the physics series.
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    Re: Math exams at universities.

    Quote Originally Posted by math951 View Post
    I just feel the majority of the math classes I have taken here, they are very mechanical. The only class that is less mechanical and requires lots of thought IMO is calculus 3 and the physics series.
    Right!, There you have hit the nail on the head. Therein you can find the difference in community college instruction and four-year college instruction. The simple fact is that both types of higher education institutions serve different purposes despite protests to the otherwise.
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