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Advice on maths

  1. Aug 12, 2014 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I have searched all over the site to see if I am repeating a question, but I don't believe that I am.

    So I am currently in the life sciences, but I am switching to physical sciences to do a graduate degree in one year. The program, obviously, recommends that I have decent knowledge of ordinary differential equations.

    I love maths, but will admit that my formal training is not up to that of a physical scientist's. My goal is to teach myself, as much as possible, ODEs and review my multivariable calculus from a few years ago.

    I am trying to decide how best to do this. Should I do MIT open course material on multivariable calc and ODEs? Should I just work through an ODE text book? Or, should I go the more applied route and use a techniques book that covers everything from Laplace transforms to line integrals (for example, Mathematical techniques, Jordan and Smith)?

    In an ideal world, I would learn the pure maths and then how to apply it because I want a deep understanding of the subjects. However, I only have so much time (I work full-time). Would it be smarter for me to just jump into an applications book?

    I hope my question is clear. But please ask, I would love to clarify anything.

    Thank you all in advance for your help. I hope you are all well.

    Ryan
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
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