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What preparation is necessary for Rudin's Mathematical Analysis? 
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Feb1108, 05:45 PM

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I was wondering what knowledge is necessary before attempting to read Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis. I heard somewhere that Axiomatic Set Theory by Suppes is a good start. Maybe a topology book. And probably a good understanding of calculus and linear algebra. Anything else come to mind?



#2
Feb1108, 06:22 PM

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That sounds like a whole lot of overkill for that book. Perhaps what you've heard refers to Real and Complex Analysis? Even then...



#3
Feb1108, 06:25 PM

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Calculus. I had linear algebra prior to real analysis, but it wasn't really necessary.



#4
Feb1108, 09:27 PM

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What preparation is necessary for Rudin's Mathematical Analysis?
thanks for the advice. I'm going to get the book from the library soon and get started.



#5
Feb1208, 11:21 AM

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I'd recommend Munkres' Topology as a good companion text.



#6
Feb1408, 09:44 PM

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If you aren't used to doing proofs then you might want to find a book on the basics of proofs. "How to Prove It" by Velleman has a good reputation.
If you're studying on your own, access to someone who knows analysis well (e.g. a professor) is great. Also, MIT uses this book for their real analysis course, and the open courseware has some solutions to the problems (and extra problems). 


#7
Mar608, 05:47 AM

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try Elementary analysis by Kenneth ross. Its an easier read and it covers only single variable topics, but its good prep for rudin.



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