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Differential Equations vs Linear Algebra 
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Jun510, 12:51 PM

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Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis for Engineers
My questions are: how hard are both courses? Should I take both? Between the two, which one looks more like a prerequisite (preparation) for the other? Thank you. 


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Jun510, 01:37 PM

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If I were to give an opinion on which one were more "fundamental", then I'd say the linear algebra one. And that would certainly be the more useful subject to know (depending of course on what you intend to go on and do).
Methods of solving differential equations tend to be just that: a list of different methods which work in different cases. Although being able to solve differential equations is essential for a physicist, engineer etc, it won't help in any area other than differential equations. Linear algebra, on the other hand, is used all over the place. 


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Jun510, 04:23 PM

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Thank you mrbohn1. I am a CUNY City student.



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Jun610, 11:24 AM

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Differential Equations vs Linear Algebra
What applications are you interested in? Some fields use linear algebra heavily (computer vision) and some field use differential equations heavily (control theory).
Dave 


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Jun610, 01:23 PM

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I guess I should say physics in general, but for careerwise, solid states, quantum physics. 


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Jun810, 05:56 AM

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"What applications are you interested in?"
I am interested in Linear algebra and defferential Equations although it is not really useable in any other fields of works. . . 


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