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    How hard?

    I need to take a Probabilty and Statistics class. It's prerequisite is Calculus 2.

    Is it hard??

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    MAT 330: Probability and Statistics . 4 hours, 4 credits.
    Basic probability theory. Fundamental concepts of statistics. Combinatorial problems, distributions, expectation, generating functions, law of large numbers and central limit theorem. Other topics from probability and statistics.
    PREREQ: MAT 176.
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    And, what is the question?
    How can we help you?
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    Hard for some, not hard for others.

    From your list of topics it looks to be at a 'final year high school' or '1st year uni' level.
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    What is your definition for 'hard'? I can guaranty you that it is very interesting...

    I think you will not prove the LLN & CLT, mainly because of only 4 weakly hours...
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    I'm not good with math.

    I'm also taking Discrete Math for Computer Science majors. I read that the professor doesn't like teaching and you have to learn from the book.

    Is this an a good subject to learn from the book?

    Also, would you consider this a highschool course, year 1, 2,3 ,4 of college?

    Thanks!
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    In my opinion Discrete Math is better with professor teaching, there many things you understand them better when they on the board (intro. to graph theory, some combinatorics, etc. )
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    sorry I meant the teacher wont teach for Probabilty and Stats.

    What level is probabilty and stats? Is it easy to pick up by book?
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    Be courageous!
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    I wonder if I should drop the class. Mind you I haven't take it yet. But I heard on Ratemyprofessors.com that the teacher is horrible. Doesn't like teaching and you have to learn on your own. Should I drop the class?

    Thanks!
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    Never give up!

    "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" (And smarter perhaps...)

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsch.
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    Sorry for perhaps being a bit mean but this thread is sinking into nonsense. You've just told us that you are not good at math, but need to pick up Probs and Stats II, isn't there another course that would suit you better while still giving you the credits you need ? Your teacher doesn't like teaching and you have to learn from the book, well, that's not that bad, I learnt calculus on my own and I can guarantee it gives satisfaction afterwards. In my opinion math teachers are useless anyway, their role is to hand out worksheets and mark boring assessments.

    Finally, we can't really help you there, it's up to you to decide whether you should drop the course or not, consider the pros and the cons : are you ready to assign some homework time (perhaps a bit more than usual since "the teacher is horrible") for this new course, will you really enjoy following the course, wouldn't you want to do something else, ... I can assure you that being in a class you don't like and didn't want to follow in the first time really is painful, so choose carefully before doing anything careless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMAlvarez View Post
    I wonder if I should drop the class. Mind you I haven't take it yet. But I heard on Ratemyprofessors.com that the teacher is horrible. Doesn't like teaching and you have to learn on your own. Should I drop the class?

    Thanks!
    My college lab professor responded "What do you think?" to one of my questions and I consider him my best teacher.

    We do need leaders in math and the sciences; thinking and reasoning is one of the ways to develop the mind so that there is more problem solving.

    So what do you think?
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