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Physics curriculum w/out linear algebra? 
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#1
Dec2212, 04:36 PM

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My school does not require physics majors to take linear algebra. I've noticed that some schools have a course called "differential equations and linear algebra" that is taken after the calc sequence but we only have to take ODE. There is a matrix theory class that math majors take that I've been considering but is it really necessary? There is also a math methods course offered through the physics department but I think it mainly covers complex analysis. Am I cutting myself short by not taking a formal linear algebra class?



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Dec2212, 04:42 PM

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You probably don't need to take a proper linear algebra class from the Math department because I suspect taking the math methods course within your own department will be sufficient. I would personally grab the linear algebra text to study on the side, however. It probably depends greatly on exactly what gets taught in the physics course.



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Dec2212, 04:59 PM

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If your interests are not very theoretical, then you can probably do without a formal LA course. 


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Dec2212, 05:16 PM

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Physics curriculum w/out linear algebra?



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