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1st semester grad school class choices

  1. Aug 5, 2014 #1
    Hi there, fellow physics forums members & guests.

    I'm starting the 1st semester of grad school, and I'm faced with a tough choice between two different classes. I could take Intermediate Analysis 1 or Applied Linear Algebra.

    The only course I've taken involving proofs is Discrete Math, and I had no problem there. However, I am concerned that since I have never been exposed to Advanced Calculus, the Intermediate Analysis 1 course could destroy me.

    On the other hand, I would really need to understand this stuff, if I am going to get a PhD. I am working on a Masters degree, and I would like to move on with my life and start working in the real world.

    As far as Applied Linear Algebra goes, I'm not worried. I took Linear Algebra as an undergrad and rocked it.

    Anybody have any insights to offer? Is Analysis impossibly hard to understand without prior exposure?
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  3. Aug 5, 2014 #2
    What is intermediate analysis 1? Do you have a course description?
  4. Aug 5, 2014 #3
    5318. Intermediate Analysis 1 (3). The real number system, introduction to metric spaces, sequences, continuity, differentiation, Riemann integration, power series, functions of several variables, and differential forms.

    I think this is advanced calculus.

    Also, Intermediate Analysis 2 had the same description, so I don't think all topics would be covered in one semester.
  5. Aug 6, 2014 #4
    Decision made. Taking LA.
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