Hello. This question may be hard to desribe for people who do not go to my school and know the courses but i will try. I am going to include course descriptions from the coursebook below.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Anyway, i am a sophmore physics major at Carnegie Mellon University. Let me add that i am doing an applied physics track and an engineering studies minor. I have always liked engineering and may end up there but i wanted to do undergrad in physics regardless.

Anyway, as part of the physics curriculum, i take a course called Physical Analysis and later Mathematical Methods of Physics. They cover almost all of the math needed post-calculus for physics. The thing is, i need to take another math course. I could take Diff EQ but Phys Analysis covers that. I could take Matrix Algebra but Math Mathods should cover that. Most other courses require me to have a pre-req that i do not want (an intro to mathematical proofs). Does anybody have suggestions? I was thinking of partial differential equations but i am not sure.

Here are descriptions for the courses in the physics department where i will be learning math:

Physical Analysis: This course aims to develop analytical skills and mathematical

modeling skills across a broad spectrum of physical phenomena,

stressing analogies in behavior of a wide variety of systems.

Specific topics include dimensional analysis and scaling in

physical phenomena, exponential growth and decay, the harmonic

oscillator with damping and driving forces, linear approximations

of nonlinear systems, coupled oscillators, and wave motion.

Necessary mathematical techniques, including differential

equations, complex exponential functions, matrix algebra, and

elementary Fourier series, are introduced as needed.

Math Methods: This course introduces, in the context of physical systems, a

variety of mathematical tools and techniques that will be needed

for later courses in the physics curriculum. Topics will include,

linear algebra, vector calculus with physical application, Fourier

series and integrals, partial differential equations and boundary

value problems. The techniques taught here are useful in more

advanced courses such as Physical Mechanics, Electricity and

Magnetism, and Advanced Quantum Physics. transformations, four-vectors, invariants, and applications to

particle mechanics.

Anyhelp would be great

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