Truth in Television; in the Middle Ages algebra was the highest level math one could study. Now it's taught to thirteen year olds. Not to be confused with E = MC Hammer which is when characters are doing course work laughably too advanced for their level in works set in the present.
- In the original Superman comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, there's an establishing scene on Krypton wherein a mother bemoans that their child is in third grade and cannot yet do Calculus. The father comments that "He's a trifle backward", but it's okay, because he should understand it next year, when he's three.
- In much of the Alice, Girl from the Future series, the titular heroine is around 11-12 year old, and is part of a genetic engineering research team. The rest of the team is the same age.
- In the Animorphs series, Ax is fluent in physics, mathematics and computer science far beyond the level of human experts, due to having what amounts to a high school level education in the more technologically advanced Andalite culture, despite Andalites not being appreciably smarter than humans.
- In Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky, the teenage protagonist is familiar with advanced forms of calculus, yet the narration says he hasn't yet acquired "higher maths".
Live Action TV
- In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data's observations of human behavior include a boy, about 10-11, complaining about calculus and his father assuring him that he'll need it "in today's world" when he's older.
- Phil of the Future: A boy from the future, Phil, is sent back to our present where he is forced to attend public high school where his teacher asks the class to solve a problem that even the brightest minds have trouble with. Phil is able to solve it in seconds, since, where he's from, they teach that problem in kindergarten.
- In The Jetsons, George laments the declining standards of education that Elroy (age 6 1/2) is only just beginning calculus.
- Inverted in Futurama. Fry discovers that as a 20th century college dropout he's equivalent to a 31st century high school dropout. So he attends Mars University with the intention of dropping out.
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