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Any Benefit on waiting to take physics for math?

  1. Jul 24, 2014 #1
    Alright, so I am a math major at a community college and I am very interested in mathematical Physics. I am curious if there would be any benefit in waiting to take physics longer? I am currently finishing up on my Calculus 1 course over the summer and will be taking calculus 2 this next fall along with the rest of my general ed ( English :( and German! :D ) and it would be nice to put off physics 1 until this next spring where I will take either vector calc or Linear analysis ( LA and DQ together.

    So 3 questions;

    1. Will it be detrimental in any way waiting to take the physics till after calculus 2?

    2. Will there be any benefit in waiting so I have more mathematical intuition?

    3. Which would be best to take after calculus 2, vector calc or( DQ and LA.) In terms of making understanding mechanics and then EM better.
     
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  3. Jul 24, 2014 #2

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    1. Nope Kracken. (Unless it delays your transfering to Uni.)

    2. Nope Kracken.

    3. LA (You'll need to Calc 3 (Multiv) before doing Vector Calc, unless it's all combined (rare))

    You should be able to take Mechanics concurrently with Calculus 2 Kracken. The only part of Calc 2 you'll really use is Taylor series (maybe finding moments and what not if you haven't covered it already in calc 1)
     
  4. Jul 25, 2014 #3
    Ok, I just figured knowing more math would benefit me in the rest of the physics courses. I appreciate it!
     
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