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Calculus Questions

As a first math course, many students start with some level of Calculus or Linear Algebra. The following common questions may help you decide where to begin at Bates.

Do I need to take a math course to satisfy my [Q] requirement?
No. There are [Q] courses in many departments and programs. Garnet Gateway allows you to search for these: try the “Schedule of Courses” link from the log-in page.


Besides calculus, what other math department courses satisfy the [Q] requirement and do not have prerequisites?
The Mathematics Department typically offers one or more non-calculus-track [Q] courses each semester. These include Math 101 (Working with Data), Math 102 (Mathematics Across the Sciences), Math 110 (Great Ideas in Mathematics), and Math 112 (Mathematics for a Just World).


Where can I find sample exams for Math 105, 106, 205, and 206?
Check out the Math Resource website maintained by Eric Towne for students of Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Multivariable Calculus.


What’s the difference between Math 105 and Math 106?
Math 105 covers techniques of differentiation (such as the product and chain rules), applications of the derivative (such as finding maxima and minima and doing optimizations), and an introduction to the definite integral. Math 106 covers techniques and applications of integration, as well as infinite series (including Taylor series).


Do I have to take BOTH Math 105 and Math 106 to get a Bachelor of Science degree?
No. If you pass 106 but have not taken 105, that will satisfy the calculus portion of the B.S. requirement (whether or not you have credit for 105).


If I already know the material for 105 and 106, can I skip them both and still get a B.S. degree?
Yes, IF you have earned credit for 105 and 106 via non-Bates course credits such as the AP Exam or transfer credit, OR if you pass Math 206, multivariable calculus.


If I took calculus before but don’t have official credit for it, do I need to start in Math 105 — or even Math 106?
Not necessarily. You should take our placement exam, which is an anonymous and non-binding test. As soon as you complete it, you will receive online placement advice. Please note that unlike the AP exam, passing this placement exam does NOT give you any official Bates course credit. The exam is available at http://abacus.bates.edu/~etowne/PlacementExam.htm.


If I took calculus before but don’t have official credit for it, CAN I start in Math 105?

Not necessarily. Students with moderate or more calculus experience on their high school transcript are normally not permitted to enroll in Math 105. If such a student would like to take Physics 107 without concurrently or previously taking Math 106, Math 205, or Math 206, the student should email the Physics 107 instructor to request a prerequisite override.


Do I have to take calculus if I’m pre-med?
Requirements vary among medical schools, and many do not require any calculus. A list of what math courses each medical school requires is available here. You may also wish to talk to Medical Studies advisers at the Bates Career Development Center.


If I’m unsure which first course is best for me, what should I do?
Contact Eric Towne (etowne@bates.edu) for placement advice. And remember that it’s easier to start in 106 and switch to 105 than to do the opposite.


Which mathematics courses are offered every semester?
Math 105, Math 106, Math 205, and Math 206.


Can I take a math course at another college or summer program and transfer the credit to Bates?
Possibly. The Chair of the Mathematics Department must approve any such transfer credit, so you need to provide him or her with a detailed syllabus about the course. Unless you have already taken this non-Bates course, you should seek approval BEFORE you enroll. You should also read the Bates Transfer Credit Policy.


What AP scores will give me credit for math courses at Bates?

  • A 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus exam earns credit for Math 105 and 106.
  • A 4 or 5 on the AB Calculus exam earns credit for Math 105, as does a 4 or 5 on the AB
    portion of the BC exam.
  • A 4 or 5 on the Statistics exam earns credit for Math 101.
  • You may also wish to consult the Bates Registrar’s policies on Advanced Placement, which you can find here.

If Bates has granted me AP credit for both Math 105 and Math 106, can I still take one or both of those courses here to earn more graduation credit(s)?
No.


If I got a 4 or 5 on the AB exam and then a 4 or 5 on the BC exam, how many Bates credits will I be granted for these scores?
Two, one for Math 105 and one for Math 106. No double-counting is allowed.


If I got a 4 or 5 on the AB exam and then a 3 or lower on the BC exam with a 4 or 5 on its AB subscore portion, how many Bates credits will I be granted for these scores?
One, for Math 105. No double-counting is allowed.


What credits will I receive for IB (International Baccalaureate) math?
Each higher level (HL) math course earns 1 credit for a score of 5 and 2 credits for a score of 6 or 7. A subsidiary level (SL) math course earns 1 credit for a score of 6 or 7. The first IB math credit counts for Math 105, the second for Math 106, and any additional credit is considered as an unspecified credit. No double-counting with AP Calculus or A-level math is allowed.


What credits will I receive for A-level math?
A grade of A in A-level mathematics earns credit for Math 105 and Math 106. A grade of B or C in A-level mathematics earns credit for Math 105. No credit is earned for O-level or AS-level mathematics. No double-counting with AP or IB is allowed. For further information, see http://www.bates.edu/A-Level-Policy.xml


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