### Course Change

I'm going to try to change my course plans for next semester. I'll exchange CS241, Algorithms And Data Structures, for Math 233, Calculus III.

It's a weird change. I'll have finished two years of Computer Science (101-102-201-241) in one year. In exchange, I will not be completing the Calculus II-III path in one year as all engineers are expected to, and will be taking a 14-credit semester.

It's a good trade-off for me, if I'm allowed to do it despite the Calculus expectation. I'm currently doing badly in Calculus, but not from theory error. I understand the Calculus part of Calculus II- but I'm screwing up the algebra. I am unable to do relatively basic math- I'm understanding the Calculus perfectly, I just can't execute it because I'm fucking up completing the square. Or anything involving trigenometry. This is not a situation likely to miraculously correct itself in time for Calc III.

My math professor, Ms. Apfel, already agrees with this assessment; she doesn't think that my exam grade really reflects my level of ability. There's nothing she can do about it, but she agrees that I'm better than I seem to be- from how I frequently demonstrate full comprehension in class by answering more than my fair share of the questions she poses to the students- in full. And I can explain exactly what's going on with the calculus elements of a problem- I just can't do the algebra to come up with an answer. Or, for that matter, the trig. Or the arithmatic.

So I think I'd best delay on Calculus III for a while until I've gotten better at this sort of thing; I'll be actively seeking help. My Calc III grade isn't going to be any better than this C I'm getting in Calculus... and probably worse, without the Calculus lab (yes, there's a Calc II lab) to boost the score.

The Calc III requirement is probably because it's required for many Mechanical Engineering courses. But all the Computer Science courses that I

But will The System

I'll register tomorrow without it.

On the flip side- I did need Calculus II for Physics. And I can apply it fine there, just not in Calculus class. Go figure.

It's a weird change. I'll have finished two years of Computer Science (101-102-201-241) in one year. In exchange, I will not be completing the Calculus II-III path in one year as all engineers are expected to, and will be taking a 14-credit semester.

It's a good trade-off for me, if I'm allowed to do it despite the Calculus expectation. I'm currently doing badly in Calculus, but not from theory error. I understand the Calculus part of Calculus II- but I'm screwing up the algebra. I am unable to do relatively basic math- I'm understanding the Calculus perfectly, I just can't execute it because I'm fucking up completing the square. Or anything involving trigenometry. This is not a situation likely to miraculously correct itself in time for Calc III.

My math professor, Ms. Apfel, already agrees with this assessment; she doesn't think that my exam grade really reflects my level of ability. There's nothing she can do about it, but she agrees that I'm better than I seem to be- from how I frequently demonstrate full comprehension in class by answering more than my fair share of the questions she poses to the students- in full. And I can explain exactly what's going on with the calculus elements of a problem- I just can't do the algebra to come up with an answer. Or, for that matter, the trig. Or the arithmatic.

So I think I'd best delay on Calculus III for a while until I've gotten better at this sort of thing; I'll be actively seeking help. My Calc III grade isn't going to be any better than this C I'm getting in Calculus... and probably worse, without the Calculus lab (yes, there's a Calc II lab) to boost the score.

The Calc III requirement is probably because it's required for many Mechanical Engineering courses. But all the Computer Science courses that I

*really*want don't need it; this isn't a class that I'll need as a prereq until at least my junior year. It would be foolish to destroy my GPA filling an arbitrary request for me to have it done in a year when said request really isn't helpful to me in the slightest.But will The System

^{TM}let me not take Calculus III?I'll register tomorrow without it.

*Then*I'll ask my advisor if it's okay. I'd be able to change it- the 9:00a Calculus section is not inclined to fill up- but I hope I can take it like this. Even if it means an appointment with the Dean, or an assistant of said person, I'll see what I can do to avoid screwing myself over AGAIN, getting myself depressed about inane algebraic mistakes AGAIN, and killing my GPA AGAIN when it's completely unneccesary and pointless.On the flip side- I did need Calculus II for Physics. And I can apply it fine there, just not in Calculus class. Go figure.