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Abstract Algebra?

  1. Jun 23, 2007 #1
    I am currently signed up for an intro abstract algebra course. I will be taking this course and calculus 3(stewart's book). I am pretty good at writing proofs. Do you have to know calculus 3 to do well in abstract algebra? Or can you take it concurrently? Is abstract algebra considered a difficult course? So to sum up, I am taking abstract algebra and calculus 3.

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  3. Jun 23, 2007 #2
    Abstract Algebra, at least a first course, should be completely independent of calculus, although it will likely require some basic knowledge of set theory. So taking the two classes together should not pose any problems, as far as difficulty that is a rather subjective thing, if you say you are pretty good at writing proofs, however, you should be able to handle the class well.
  4. Jun 23, 2007 #3
    thanks a lot. It seems like a very interesting subject.
  5. Jun 23, 2007 #4
    I think it is, it is one of my favorite subjects in mathematics.
  6. Jun 23, 2007 #5


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    btw, is it a course for mathmeaticians or for physicists?
  7. Jun 23, 2007 #6


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    There are ideas in abstract algebra that are very important for physics. Of course, it's up to the professor as to what is actually taught, and with what emphasis.
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    yes i know, there're courses in abstract algebra also for physiciists, this is why i asked what iv'e asked.
  9. Jun 23, 2007 #8
    this is a course for mathematicians. its an intro course.
  10. Jun 23, 2007 #9
    at my school, linear algebra is a prereq, and that is typically taken after calculus 3. :/

    (then again, the linear algebra class is treated as a weed course at my school, so ymmv.)
  11. Jun 23, 2007 #10


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    What's the course description?
  12. Jun 24, 2007 #11
    At my school abstract algebra is one of the hardest math courses, besides real analysis, of course. I suppose if you are good at proofs, you should be fine. I really don't see how Calc III and Abs. Alg. have anything in common.
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