A Letter to the Future Advanced BC Calculus Students

—Jane Dubrova ‘20

Dear Future BC Calc Students,

You are a little masochistic, aren’t you?

Well, if you have already come this far, I’m sure you are going to do fine. Math might not always come easily to most of us, but you’ll be amazed to see what hard work and dedication can do in a short amount of time. Homework deadlines and fear before an upcoming assessment can do even greater wonders. Remember that the prize always awaits you at the end of the journey. In this case, you would be able to brag to your friends that you are now able to write Taylor polynomials. Exciting!

At some point in this course, you might feel stuck and helpless. It might even seem that you are starting to develop anger issues, but don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. I recommend signing up for yoga classes in advance.

In order to succeed in BC Calculus, you have to learn to pay attention in the classroom. Without a solid conceptual understanding, you won’t be able to solve most of the problems, so don’t ignore your teacher and Mr. Sal Khan. Yes, Sal might become your best friend from now on. He and your yoga instructor.

Don’t forget everything you learned in your Pre-Calc or AB Calc class. In case you have been wondering when were you going to use that knowledge, here’s your show time. Also, it might be useful to decide whether you are going to take an AP exam at the beginning of the year and actually start preparing beforehand. I know it sounds crazy, but you have to trust me on this one.

Have fun and enjoy your journey!

P.S. When you get to the topic of Solids of Revolution, remember, I warned you to take Statistics.

Best wishes, Jane