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# What's up with Duke and Calculus?

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22 Mar 2012, 08:21
What's up with the Duke/Calculus connection? I have to take a calculus course before July 15th! Anyone else in the same boat? I feel like Jeff on Community......
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22 Mar 2012, 08:29
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What's up with the Duke/Calculus connection? I have to take a calculus course before July 15th! Anyone else in the same boat? I feel like Jeff on Community......

Do you not have any Calculus background in undergrad? While b school isn't exactly a PhD in Math program you likely will need some basic knowledge of calculus at some point. For example, any Economics class worth a grain of salt will involve some calculus (at least first derivatives).
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22 Mar 2012, 09:35
I have absolutely no undergrad calculus (medical background). I did calculus in high school and that's about it. This is perplexing.
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22 Mar 2012, 09:43
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I have absolutely no undergrad calculus (medical background). I did calculus in high school and that's about it. This is perplexing.

That's sort of my point. I am not familiar with Duke's core program but you will likely need to take some classes that involve Calculus. An example is microeconomics which focuses on the marginal decisions people/companies make. Chances are you don't remember what you learned in high school so they want to make sure you are equipped to handle these courses.

People enter B-school from all different backgrounds and its a matter of getting people on a semi equal playing field before things get rolling.

I know at Darden there is prework that you can pass out of but additional training you need to complete if you do not do so. I also know Kellogg offers a pre-term for subjects such as accounting or calculus, but its not manditory (but probably recommended). Don't view this as a punishment, but more for your benefit.
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23 Mar 2012, 00:13
I do agree its a bit perplexing. But moving forward, any ideas on how to go about this? Any suggestions about online courses for prospective internationals like me?
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23 Mar 2012, 00:54
Would they accept a course like MBA Math? Would be worth asking about it, it's an online work-on-your-own-time kind of thing and it's a reasonable price

http://www.mbamath.com/
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23 Mar 2012, 03:59
I thought I'd share something I came across several months ago: http://www.mbaquant.com/display/ShowJou ... ryId=99162

It asks several of the top schools whether students will need calculus or not. For a lot of the schools, the answer is no.
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23 Mar 2012, 05:22
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I thought I'd share something I came across several months ago: http://www.mbaquant.com/display/ShowJou ... ryId=99162

It asks several of the top schools whether students will need calculus or not. For a lot of the schools, the answer is no.

At Tepper, my group tour guide who was extremely bright and well credentialed, joked that the school seemed to think you needed Calculus, but you don't. If this is true at one of the quant-hailed schools, I'm thinking we're safe.
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14 May 2012, 20:49
You know that person that tries to explain stuff to you at work, and they always seem to have a surface level understanding of the topic they're trying to give you a lecture on?

That's the person that didn't take/understand calculus

That's the reason they, b-schools, want you to have calculus, so you aren't the person that starts "hand waiving" the details to customers or whomever once you're in the work force.

-Duke is one of those schools that likes to tout their students' quant abilities.

Don't worry, odds are you're more than smart enough to pass calc 1 it isn't that bad

I would suggest checking out a local community college and seeing if they have anything available, though your schedule doesn't look like it will permit the regular academic calendar. Usually the b-schools will have some company they suggest.

Good Luck!
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