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Calculus or Statistics? Which One is Better

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Cesar Guzman, an AP Calculus student, is working on his latest math assignment. “AP Calc is hard, but the reward is worth it, as it better prepares me for college,” said junior Guzman.

Upcoming juniors and seniors have the chance to take either Calculus or Statistics, and students often struggle to decide which class to take, as which class they decide to take will better help them for their major in college. It’s important for upcoming students to understand the benefits of the upcoming math classes that they are taking for next year.
“For me, I am taking Calculus next year, as the class is going to help me in college with the major I want to pursue,” junior Ethan Shaw said.
Shaw elaborated on the fact that Calculus helps with his future major, which is engineering. Some majors that use Calculus are Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, etc. These all require Calculus, and it is better for a student in high school to get prepared so they aren’t behind in college; a fourth year of math is optional, and taking a class like Calculus shows that whoever takes it is a rigorous student. This also helps them to get into better colleges. However, Calculus may not be for everyone, so if it doesn’t feel right, then it is better to take a class like Statistics instead.
Statistics could be considered the “opposite” of Calculus—it involves working with a lot of percentages and finding rates. Many current juniors at Mission Hills are taking Statistics right now.
“I enjoy Statistics a lot—it’s a fun class to take, and it helps a lot with my major that I want to pursue. In Stats this year, we have learned about data analysis, the use of probability and much more. Stats is used in college for many majors like financial analysis, psychology, economics and much more,” Junior Ethan Delfin said.
Delfin explained the use of Statistics, especially to those who are interested in it. Delfin recommends that everyone take a math class—either Calculus or Statistics—as it boosts chances of getting into better colleges. A lot of majors use either Calculus or Statistics, so it often is better to take them in high school. It is highly encouraged that everyone sign up for a math class next year if not already.

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