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Taking Calculus 3 first and then Physics Electromagentism? 
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Nov2912, 11:11 AM

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I have already completed Calculus 1 and 2 but I was wondering if it would be a better idea to take calculus 3 first and then phsyics electromagnetism. I know that electromagnetism deals with a lot of integration but does it deal with double and triple integrals? Thanks in advance.



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Nov2912, 11:36 AM

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If it's the second semester of a typical "freshman physics" sequence, you probably don't need Calc 3 beforehand. You will use line, surface and volume integrals, but mainly for conceptual purposes. In most examples and problems, the integrals will be trivial from a mathematical point of view. This may vary from one school to another, so if you're really worried, talk to the instructor about it beforehand.
If it's a junior/senior level E&M course using, say, Griffiths as a textbook, on the other hand... 


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Dec612, 05:45 AM

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Taking Calculus 3 first and then Physics Electromagentism?
I think i took them at the same time and it didnt seem to hurt or help. I recall calc 2 being much more helpful.



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