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What classes did you mathematics majors take?

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Chaotic42
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Sep25-04, 04:32 PM
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I'm a freshman mathematics major (I've heard that you don't officially have a major until your Junior year, but that's what it will be). I go to a local community college and I'll be transferring to a regular university after my sophomore year.

I know that different programs will have different classes, but I'm curious about what classes you folks took. At my CC I have to take:

Calc I
Calc II
Calc III
Calc IV
Linear Algebra
Diff Equations
Chem I
Chem II
Calc based Physics I
Calc based Physics II

I was wondering what years 3 and 4 would have in store for me. I searched and didn't find anything, so if this is a repost, forgive me.
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I was an Engineering major in college. I took :

Math I : sequences and series
Math II : complex algebra
Math III : differential equations
Math IV : vector spaces (or linear algebra, or something like that)

I think that was it.
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Sep29-04, 07:27 PM
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I was a double major in Physics and Mathematics for the longest time (I finally settled with physics because the whole conflict with spherical coordinates between the two professions got to me).

I took Mathematical Statistics and Abstract Vector Spaces.

In next few semesters, I should be taking Intro to Analysis, Discrete Math, Senior level PDE and down the road, Topology.

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Sep30-04, 12:39 AM
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What classes did you mathematics majors take?

Quote Quote by Chaotic42
I'm a freshman mathematics major (I've heard that you don't officially have a major until your Junior year,

Not in all universities. At mine you have to declare your major as a freshmen, you cannot wait because you start taking Classes in your major right away, there is no undeclared or anything like that. BUt most colleges are like that were you typically don't declare a major until junior year.

I'm currently declared as a physics major, but i plan on adding a Math double major, my planned math courses are (including advanced electives in my major):

Calc I, II, III, IV (quarter system here)
Linear Analysis I, II
Vector Analysis
Combinatorial Mathematics
INtro to Analysis I, II, III
Computational Mathematics I,II
Linear Algebra II, III
Probability & Stat fo engineers & scientists
Statistical Analysis for Engineers & Scientists
Mathematica
Introduciton to Differential Geometry and Topology
Partial Differential Equations
Introduction to Dynamical Systems

Thats for the full degree, all of my amthematics coursework, freshmen-senior year. For my physics major my coursework (minus required mathematics classes that were listed above) will be:

General Physics I, II, III
Modern Physics I, II
Physics on the Computer
Instrumentation in Experimental Physics
Electrical Measurements Laboratory
Thermal Physics I, II
Analytical Mechanics I, II
Optics
Quantum Physics Laboratory I, II, III
Quantum Mechaincs I, II
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I, II
Theoretical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Special Theory of Relativity

And on top of all that, 60 quarter units of general education requirements. So i'm not entirely sure about the mathematics double major, but it is something i want to do.
Chaotic42
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Sep30-04, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for the posts, everyone. franznietzsche, I'll be right there with you. I'm planning on doing a double in math and physics myself. At my CC they're the same program, so I just declared math.
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Oct2-04, 11:22 AM
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It really depends on your college. Here are the requirements (not including general reqs, which there are a bunch of) for my college:

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 301 Basic Analysis and Proofs
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 419 Introduction to Algebra I
MTH 420 Introduction to Algebra II
MTH 431 Introduction to Real Variables I
MTH 432 Introduction to Real Variables II
Three 300/400-level mathematics courses (not MTH 417)
Four 300/400-level courses in mathematics or computer science (not MTH 417)
Chaotic42
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Oct2-04, 03:02 PM
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Looks like I have to take:

At my community college:

1713-Calculus I
1723-Calculus II
2733-Calculus III
2743-Calculus IV
3113-Intro to Linear Algebra
3253-Differential Equations

At University:

3053-Foundations of Mathematics
3353-Differential Equations II (elective)
4633-Advanced Calculus I
4643-Advanced Calculus II
3213-Mathematical Writing
4953-Elementary Topology (elective)

Plus other requirements.
gravenewworld
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Oct3-04, 11:33 AM
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Calc3
Foundations of Mathematics
Diff. Eq. and Linear Alg.
Combinatorics
Linear Algebra
Advanced Calculus
Game Theory
Complex Analysis
Number Theory
Modern Algebra
Independent study on Rings and Fields
Topology
Geometry
Linear Algebra (2nd course on it)

General Chemistry I and II w/labs
Organic Chemistry I and II w/labs
Physical Chemistry I and II w/labs
Inorganic Chemistry II
Intro to Micro Economics
Intro to Macro Ecnomics
Micro Econ theory
Macro Econ Theory
INtro to spanish I and II
Intermediate spanish I and II
Modern Enlightment
Ancient and Medieval thought
Intro to English
Women's Literature
Intro to Theology
Global Poverty and Justice
Film Analysis
Intro to Philosophy
Gen Bio I w/lab
Themes in Modern World History
The Roman Empire

I can't believe I took all that so far. I still have to take 1 more math class, 1 more econ class, 1 more chem class w/lab, another social science, advanced philosophy, and ethics next semester.
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Here for comparison is an ancient set (1951-1955)

College Algebra (1st semester Freshman year)
College Trigonometry (HS trig not considered sufficient) (1st semester Freshman year)
Analytic Geometry (2nd semester Freshman year)
Calculus I and II (Sophomore year)
Modern Algebra (2nd semester Junior year)
Number Theory (2nd Semester Junior Year)
Ordinary Differential Equations I and II (Junior Year)
Advanced Calculus I and II (Senior year)
Numerical solutions of differential equations (honors thesis) (Senior Year)
Celestial Mechanics (honors course) (Senior Year)

and in physics,
Introductory Physics I and II
Heat and Thermodynamics
Optics
Electricity and Magnetism
Kalimaa23
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Oct3-04, 04:20 PM
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Double major mathematics/physics. I took.

General physics I (Mechanics & Thermodynamics)
General physics II (Elektromagnetism & Waves)
Classical electrostatics, magnetostatics, elektrodynamics
General Relativity
Introduction to quantum mechanics (Schrödinger wave formalism)
Classical mechanics (Hamilton/Lagrange formalism)
Thermodynamics
Solid state physics (Diffraction basically)
Astronomy
Electronics

General chemistry I
General chemistry II

Calculus I (Single variable)
Calculus II (Multiple variable)
Calculus III (Functional analysis)
Calculus IV (Theory of operators)
Geometry & Linear Algebra I (Vector spaces, analytical geometry)
Geometry & Linear Algebra II (Linear operators)
Intoduction to Algebra (Group theory)
Algebra I (Ring, Module & Representation theory)
Affine & Projective Geometry
Introduction to topology
Introduction to probabilty theory, including statistics (Measure theory)
Numerical Linear Algebra

Programming I (Java)

That's about it
Chrono
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Oct3-04, 08:32 PM
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Quote Quote by Dimitri Terryn
Programming I (Java)
Was this an elective Dimitri?
gravenewworld
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Oct3-04, 09:05 PM
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what am I, the only person on this board to major in chemistry and math instead of math and physics? As a very amateur mathematician, I have to say physics turns me completely off.
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Oct3-04, 09:19 PM
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Quote Quote by gravenewworld
what am I, the only person on this board to major in chemistry and math instead of math and physics?
I'm majoring in math and computer science.
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Oct3-04, 09:34 PM
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Interesting...I'm noticing that Calc I-IV are different for different universities. I always assumed that would be pretty standard.

At the university I attended, Calc I and II were just numbered, no names to go with them. Calc III was multivariable calc (that's the highest calc course I took...I was not a math major). Calc IV was differential equations (I nearly took it for fun, and then the bump to my head got better). Since I was also attempting to major in chemistry, I also was required to take Linear Algebra, which was also required for the math majors (dropped chem to a minor when I realized it wasn't physically possible to complete the required number of classes to graduate in 4 years even with permission to exceed the maximum number of credits every semester). I don't know what they took after that. I only knew one math major who was normal enough to talk to , and since we roomed together Sophomore year, we weren't on a speaking basis with one another until after graduation
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Oct3-04, 09:45 PM
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Quote Quote by Moonbear
I only knew one math major who was normal enough to talk to , and since we roomed together Sophomore year, we weren't on a speaking basis with one another until after graduation
Hey, I'm normal! I like fishing, hiking, football, basketball, and I just happen to enjoy theoretical physics. ;)
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Hey, I'm normal! I like fishing, hiking, football, basketball, and I just happen to enjoy theoretical physics. ;)
I didn't say there weren't normal people in math, they're just harder to find. My roommate (we're best friends again...just took a few years to recover from being roommates...sometimes friends shouldn't live together) is pretty normal, and her husband has a PhD in math, and he's pretty normal too. At least as normal as someone willing to be friends with me can be.
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Oct4-04, 02:19 AM
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Quote Quote by Chaotic42
Hey, I'm normal! I like fishing, hiking, football, basketball, and I just happen to enjoy theoretical physics. ;)

Not normal. Better than normal, but still not normal.
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Oct4-04, 03:47 PM
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Quote Quote by Chrono
Was this an elective Dimitri?
It was required. God know why, I don't think I learned any real programming skills there.


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