Is Calculus 1 in college hard?
So I'll take Calculus 1 in college next fall, I'm so scare when I look at it in the book. I never deal with any of this problem before and I'm so scare that I'm gonna fail this class. I major in Computer Science and I know I need high math level, I have no problem with programming class I got all A's on it but Calculus look extremely hard and my cousin said Calculus 2 is like a hell. I don't know how to deal with it and I need good grade to transfer to my dream college too. I'm good in Algebra and pass it all 9 units in placement test, but Calculus :(( so scare. Does any of you ever have a hard time with Calculus? Please tell me more about it.
What should I do as a high school student to become a computer engineer?
There is a difference between computer engineering and computer science. Computer engineering is a greater part of electrical engineering and needs extensive knowledge of both hardware and software, while computer science is coding based. In either case, you should try to be very good at your math skills and practice on your programming/analytical skills. I will give you advice based on what you need to do right now which will make your foundation better for the future as an engineering student. If you know you want to study computer/electrical engineering for sure, try to do this:Try to be very savvy in calculus based math and work on your math based problem solving skills(majority of the ECE major classes need good amount of math skills). People talk about tinkering and taking things apart but no matter how good you are at fixing tech issues, you cannot become a good engineer if your math based foundation is weak. Even in CS, the better you are at your mathematical/analytical skills the better programmer you can become.You need good conceptual understanding of some physics topics as well if you take the more EE related route later.Practice coding on basic C/C++. The main idea is to know how to solve a coding problem no matter what the language is in use.If you are into electronics, try to play with some micro-controllers. You can buy off the shelf robotic kits, try to program and run them, play with Arduino. As you get more comfortable try other devices like Raspberry Pi (run on python/Debian Linux). Once you get into college you can do side projects with some FPGA, PIC and other more academic/professional micro-controllers/processors.
Those who work, do you actually use calculus and trig in your job?
I use them every day because I work in the development of new systems involved with electrical engineering. Also, a person can't program a computer or system to do calculus and trigonometry if the person can't understand what should be used and why it works. Some engineers don't use it as much in their day to day work though. I'll say it depends on your job. You'll still need to know calculus and trigonometry for engineering and physics though. There's no getting around that necessity.
How bad is a 2.52 GPA in college?
I just finished taking CHEM103, CISC106 (computer science), ENGL110 (english), ENGR101 (FYE engineering), MATH241 (calculus). I got a C+, C, B, B-, B- respectively. They are also 4,3,2,3,4 credits respectively. Ultimately, the GPA was a 2.52. I was aiming for a 3.0, but CHEM and Computer science really gave me trouble. Is a 2.52 bad?
I want to be an engineer, but I already have a degree on social science. Is there any college or special route I can take to be an engineer?
Sadly no. The first class you need completed is calculus I. If you have already taken calculus I then you have already shortened your time by 1 semester. So you're looking at 3 1/2 years instead if 4 for a bachelor's. You have already taken all of your general education requirements so you need to focus on core classes only. I advise against taking more than 15 credit hours per semester in engineering because you'll run into classes in which you need to study up to 10 hours a week just for that single class, leaving little time for other classes.My suggestion is to go to a community comes that offers a 2 year Engineering science degree. There are 2 types of engineers: fix-it engineers and design-it engineers. You want the second one. You'll know it is the right one when it says you need to take Calculus 1, 2, and 3 as well as physics classes. The fix-it engineer is more like a tech degree with little maths.Now that will open the doors to university, but even then it's a long road ahead. If you haven't taken Calculus 1 or even pre-calculus then you're looking at 4+ years.
I love technology, but I dislike math. What tech major/career do you recommend?
Technically, I majored in the field of technology, so I might tell you a thing or two:In regards to your hate for mathematics here you go:I love to work with computers myself maybe much more than you do. The thing is that since my high school days, I don't like math, as a matter of fact I didn't even know what happened in my high school math classes. I just somehow managed to get through. But that didn't stop me from going to major in Information Technology at college. During my college years I was required to take 1 algebra, 1 pre-calculus, & 1 calculus math courses. In my first semester I received an F in the algebra. I was disappointed and was having second thoughts about changing majors or sticking through? A lot of my friends were telling me to switch to business administration major or multimedia studies. I realized that if I were to be changing majors for just a failure in mathematics, I'd end up without bachelors after four years or end up with something I don't love.... Which wasn't the path I was willing to take.So the lesson here is: never ever let anything stand in the way of your dreams. If it's the few math classes ? Study off, find tutors, find past questions from the instructor, take practice questions. Do whatever you got to do, just never give up on your passion because of mathematics.For majors you should study I'd suggest the following: I find them related to tech and interesting:Management Information Systems (few math)Information Systems (few math)IT Project Management (probably no math)Information Technology (few math--- sometimes IT is same as IS)This is all I could come up with up head.For career, it should be anything from this but not restricted to the following:System Analyst ProgrammerSoftware designerSoftware developerProject manager IT managerChief Information Officer Chief Technology Officer Database administrator Researcher on future technology etcI hope this helps. :)
Why do people defend colleges making students take general education requirements?
MONEY is the reason colleges do this. Everyone knows that. It's no secret. They want our money and force us to take classes against our will that don't even pertain to our major so they can reap our bank accounts. Don't give me that "to make us well rounded" crap because we all know it's a lie. I'm really frustrated because of my debt. I live in America and we have a terrible financial aid system here. We spend money on stupid things like construction for roads and buildings that don't even need repaired and wars that have nothing to do with our country instead of using taxes to help people pay for their exorbitant college tuition. Not to mention how people who are too lazy to work and are on welfare get everything paid for with their grants or whatever and get a free ride. If you ask me, any one who thinks they're entitled to live off someone else should be on the street. Make your own money and get a job. I have a friend who failed a math class he was required to take even though it pertains to his major in no way whatsoever and don't say he didn't try hard enough or whatever because he did and busted his *** and still failed the final and it screwed his grade to D and he needed a C. Now his school is threatening him over it and if he doesn't take a math and pass with a C next semester, he'll be suspended for a year. What is the point of this? Why can't we just take the classes that directly pertain to our major and leave? Thoughts, .
How much money do computer engineers make?
The fact that you understand computers is going to help you a lot. However, being good at coding and fixing computers just makes you the average IT technician (assuming that you have experience with networking). Computer engineers deal with the hardware behind the computers. I'm not talking about buying computer parts and building a desktop. I'm talking about being able to put together chips (FPGAs, CPLDs, processors, etc) and other digital devices, and creating an interface between all these devices (chips only understand 1's and 0's). To do all these you'll have to have a good understanding of electronics, electromagnetism, computer architecture, etc. To take (and actually understand) electricity and electromagnetism you'll need to take some calculus and physics courses in college. The good news is that since you have experience in coding, creating all those interfaces will be easier for you. I'm not trying to scare you. I'm just explaining what the degree is about. You seem to have the potential to do it. The degree takes about 4-5 years to complete. The starting salaries fresh-off-college start around $60K and goes up as you gain more experience. Engineering managers or senior engineers usually can make over $100K. You can also take AP Calculus, Physics and some other introductory courses in High School. That will save you some time from taking them in college.