Accounting Major Help

I’m in Financial Management but am switching to accounting before next semester (originally finance; but discovered it would be easier to find a job with an accounting degree).

I was informed that calculus would be a requirement for graduation. I’m not good with math beyond arithmetic (granted I could learn).

What do IQfy? I want that accounting degree and will need to teach myself to some degree. (Funnily enough I understand accounting as it’s mostly procedures, formatting journals, posting entries, and making statements at this point).

Plz help.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Accounting degree is probably marginally better than a degree in finance, all things considered. Also, calculus is very simple I have a hard time grasping how people find it difficult.
    >the rate of change of object with respect to some unit vector
    It's that easy. The rest of the class is just strategies to simplify the algebra. You CAN do algebra, right anon?
    >first derivative of position with respect to time is velocity
    >second derivative with respect to time is acceleration

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      What exactly is algebra? I can do basic algebraic equations at this point. It’s arithmetic at the end of the day.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >What exactly is algebra?
        The construction and manipulation of expressions and equations involving abstracted variables to solve arithmetic questions.
        Example:
        >I had z tokens, then I gave 5 away and was left with 10
        >how many tokens did I start with?
        >z=10+5
        That's what algebra is. Christ, anon. How old are you?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          No, I understand algebra if so. What other types of math lead up to calc?

          how far do you need to go? If it's a full calculus sequence you should probably spend some free time catch up on trig after calc 2. Either way at such low level classes you're better off professor shopping on RMP than worrying about catching up

          I’ll figure that out today. How is calc “low level”? Did you mean algebra? Are you suggesting I find an easy going prof/class?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            you will need to know how to manipulate trig functions to solve 30/60/90 and 45/45/90 triangle shitters, how to factor polynomials, and how to manipulate logarithms/exponentials/square roots. If you can nail all of those, the rest of calc 1 is a cakewalk.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yup. You can do all these in like two weeks if you’re genuinely committed as well. You’re gonna have to want it really bad tho. Too many of you assume the labored extremely long winded method of teaching you’re forced to endure in public skrewl is how things are irl. Arithmetic and algebra are incredibly easy and quick to learn. Read some documentation and do a bunch of problems. Boom. Try to figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing. Beyond that there’s many resources you can find.

            https://learnaifromscratch.github.io/math.html

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You need to be good at algebra. It's not possible to do calculus if you can't manipulate basic algebra.

            Then I strongly recommend learning Calculus concepts. Where most people get lost in Calculus is they're trying to rote perform a sequence of actions without understanding what they're actually doing.

            >limits: the value a function f(x) approaches as we approach some number. pretty simple. take the function f(x) = x^2. Look at the graph: >https://www.wolframalpha.com/input?i=f%28x%29+%3D+x%5E2
            >what is the limit as x approaches 0? it's 0, since f(0) = 0
            >now do f(x) = x^2 + 1. Can you see why the limit as x approaches 0 is now 1?
            >here's a fun one. what is the limit as x approaches 0 here? >https://www.wolframalpha.com/input?i=graph+f%28x%29+%3D+%28x-1%29%5E2%2Fx
            >the answer is...infinity. the limit is actually positive or negative infinity, depending on if you approach left or right.

            >derivative: measures the rate of change of a function. when you calculate the derivative f(x), you're calculating the rate of change of f(x). a simple example is if you have a function d(t) (distance) that shows how far a car has traveled from the start given a time t, the derivative d(t), written usually as d'(t), measures how quickly the distance changed...aka the velocity

            >integral: a sum, usually first taught as the area under a curve. take f(x)=x^2. the integral of f(x) is equal to the area under that parabola. a definite integral is an integral from some a to b (e.g., calculating the area from x=1 to x=3), whereas an indefinite integral just produces another function. integrals allow you to produce precise sums that might have been previously approximated like pic related

            >fundamental theorem of calculus: derivatives and integrals are inverse operations of each other

            t. former Calculus tutor

            Also pic related is a phenomenal calculus book but isn't for anyone that doesn't want to go deep. The book starts with basic numbers and builds up to calculus with proofs. Probably ridiculous overkill for you OP but could be decent as a reference if you just feel particularly frustrated with not understanding what you're actually doing.

            use lamar calculus online notes, the most accessible and the fastest to learn resource out there, don't bother with books if you just want to pass, a massive overkill and you'll simply won't need most of it anyway(I highly recommend books if you're interested in the subject though, of course)

            Thanks gentlemen, this is a helpful board. I will save this for future reference.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I can't do algebra, geometry, calculus, etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Calculus is not hard conceptually, what is hard are the extremely long exercises the colleges ask you to solve manually. Not only you have to memorize some immediate derivates, but you have to fill pages and pages to solve 1 triple integral and if you messed up 1 sign you're fricked.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    lol intro calculus is not hard at all

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Everything is a hard filter when you have ADHD

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    how far do you need to go? If it's a full calculus sequence you should probably spend some free time catch up on trig after calc 2. Either way at such low level classes you're better off professor shopping on RMP than worrying about catching up

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    calculus 1 is easy, easier than trig because there's a lot less bullshit to remember
    calculus 2? better pre-dilate for that one if it's required, because it's like trig all over again except this time it literally takes a whole page to solve a single problem, and a *single* mistake anywhere in that entire page will nuke your score by 70% minimum

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >calculus 2? better pre-dilate for that one if it's required, because it's like trig all over again except this time it literally takes a whole page to solve a single problem, and a *single* mistake anywhere in that entire page will nuke your score by 70% minimum
      This, but not 1 page, but at least 3.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Op here, taking pre-calc next semester so I’ll be geared up if anything. I’ve also submitted my program change.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you realise that youre giong to spend the rest of your life punching numbers into spread sheets and using the add and subtract functions right?
    if you could learn calculus, linear algebra, and statistics then maybe eventually you could into risk analysis working with VAR models and whatnot, but if you struggle with calculus, just realise that your job will be filling in cells, add, subtract
    if thats fine with you then fine
    but if not then you should find another line of work

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I’d rather be a credit card company when I grow up if we’re being honest but…yes it’s fine.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You need to be good at algebra. It's not possible to do calculus if you can't manipulate basic algebra.

    Then I strongly recommend learning Calculus concepts. Where most people get lost in Calculus is they're trying to rote perform a sequence of actions without understanding what they're actually doing.

    >limits: the value a function f(x) approaches as we approach some number. pretty simple. take the function f(x) = x^2. Look at the graph: >https://www.wolframalpha.com/input?i=f%28x%29+%3D+x%5E2
    >what is the limit as x approaches 0? it's 0, since f(0) = 0
    >now do f(x) = x^2 + 1. Can you see why the limit as x approaches 0 is now 1?
    >here's a fun one. what is the limit as x approaches 0 here? >https://www.wolframalpha.com/input?i=graph+f%28x%29+%3D+%28x-1%29%5E2%2Fx
    >the answer is...infinity. the limit is actually positive or negative infinity, depending on if you approach left or right.

    >derivative: measures the rate of change of a function. when you calculate the derivative f(x), you're calculating the rate of change of f(x). a simple example is if you have a function d(t) (distance) that shows how far a car has traveled from the start given a time t, the derivative d(t), written usually as d'(t), measures how quickly the distance changed...aka the velocity

    >integral: a sum, usually first taught as the area under a curve. take f(x)=x^2. the integral of f(x) is equal to the area under that parabola. a definite integral is an integral from some a to b (e.g., calculating the area from x=1 to x=3), whereas an indefinite integral just produces another function. integrals allow you to produce precise sums that might have been previously approximated like pic related

    >fundamental theorem of calculus: derivatives and integrals are inverse operations of each other

    t. former Calculus tutor

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also pic related is a phenomenal calculus book but isn't for anyone that doesn't want to go deep. The book starts with basic numbers and builds up to calculus with proofs. Probably ridiculous overkill for you OP but could be decent as a reference if you just feel particularly frustrated with not understanding what you're actually doing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Probably ridiculous overkill for you OP but could be decent as a reference if you just feel particularly frustrated with not understanding what you're actually doing.
        Yeah I would need something to really hold my hand to pass calculus. On my first attempt I crashed and burned hard because it wasn't emphasized how proficient in precalculus you need to be, and it was 5+ years since I had taken any math

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    use lamar calculus online notes, the most accessible and the fastest to learn resource out there, don't bother with books if you just want to pass, a massive overkill and you'll simply won't need most of it anyway(I highly recommend books if you're interested in the subject though, of course)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >lamar calculus online notes
      Man I forgot about that page. Definitely a good reference OP.

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