Is Advanced Calculus useful? And was it ever useful?
Advanced Calculus meaning stuff taught in college like Intergration Techniques, Multi-variable Functions.
Yes it actually can be very useful depending on what job you decide to make a career out of.
My grandpa told me a story once. He told me that he saw one of his students that had complained day in and day out about the subject at hand. My grandpa asks him ' so ya ever use what I taught ya? ' to which the man groans ' every single day of my life '
The man was an architect.
I hate Calculus... Haha. I find it difficult to find real world applications for most things. Of course, optimization and other things like that are useful. But series analysis? Polar Coordinates? Parametric equaions? Get real... :)
They are only useful if you want to teach calculus.
Well, I took Calculus 2 in highschool, thinking I was cool, and I've used it exactly 0 times in my entire life. Even in college the only math I took was required Algebra 2. On the plus side it made Algebra 2 a breeze, but I would have been better served to have taken geometry (that's right, I skipped geometry, wtf? why the hell did they let me do that? you use geometry like everyday)
Anyway, take it if you have any plan to even maybe pursuing engineering or something similar, but unlike algebra and geometry, there's not that much use for it at the super market or when you're installing cabinets.
Unless you just like math, which would be weird.
Calculus is used a lot in physics.
But the point of learning something is that it exercises a different part of your brain, or rather, by learning a new subject you are learning how to think differently about things.
Calculus is a tool and by learning it you sharpen your logic skills.
Colleges attempt to produce well rounded individuals. Individuals that know different things and that are not one dimensional thinkers. If you're well rounded, then you can do some free association and come up with some funny stuff ;)
I disagree 95%.
You said "the point of learning something" as if everybody is willing to learn it. The reality is nobody wants to; they are all being unknownly jammed into the mind slaughtering machine.
Absurdity breeds absurdity, I knew something wrong would pop up somewhere in some form.
And this time, it popped up as Calculus
I'm confused with what you're talking about. I said advanced calculus would probably be useful for engineering. My failing "finite math" was an example that advanced math classes are easy to fail (and I've only failed 3 classes my entire life) and naturally, it's awful I failed it. But that has nothing to do with advanced calculus...
Side: Hell NO