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Am I doomed to fail if I don't ace Analysis II?

  1. Jan 30, 2013 #1
    I am currently taking an Analysis course. We are using Folland's Advanced Calculus textbook. The professor is good. The reason I am not doing so well is because of my own naivety. I do understand what is going on in the class but I am shooting myself in the foot with dumb things.

    For example, today we had a quiz in class. The problem was to evaluate an extremely easy limit. Having taken a multivariable class that was not proof intensive, I took evaluate to mean find the limit. This limit was extremely obvious so I didn't bother proving anything. The epsilon delta proof would have been just as easy if I were to have done it, but I didn't do it so I am probably looking at a 0.

    This one quiz obviously won't be detrimental to my grade, but the professor is notoriously harsh when it comes to tests so I won't have a safety net to fall onto if I mess up a question on the midterm/final. I got burned today and I have learned my lesson but say I take a B- or something in this class. Is graduate school a lost cause?
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  3. Jan 30, 2013 #2
    I can't imagine that it is a lost cause - especially getting a B in a pretty hard math class. I, for example, for several bad reasons, got a C in a stat. class - it was an upper level stat class, but still the C was embarrassing, and I am currently in grad school at a pretty big name place (not that that matters all that much) with funding. So, and others here are more knowledgeable, I don't think a B- will hurt your chances too much.
  4. Jan 30, 2013 #3
    I don't know any advanced undergraduate math but what is the difference between evaluating the limit and finding the limit?
  5. Jan 30, 2013 #4
    The point of the question was not only to find the limit, but also to prove rigorously that that is the limit. So they wanted an epsilon-delta proof, and not only the final answer.

    It's pretty ambiguous though. The professor should have stated explicitely that he wanted an epsilon-delta proof.
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