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Do you think it's a good idea/possible to take Physics 2, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Multivariable Calculus together in one semester?

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Do you think it's a good idea/possible to take Physics 2, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Multivariable Calculus together in one semester?

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It is possible. Are you a physics major?

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I really thing it's OK...

But if those are demanding math classes suitable for physics or math UG

then try not to overload yourself..

I am myself still in UG

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A buddy of mine is doing similar except instead of Physics 2 he's taking some upper level CS course.

If you have time go for it. Subjects in each of those classes show up again in each others subjects.

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I don't think it is a good idea to take Linear Algebra and Differential Equations at the same time. Too much of introductory differential equations is concerned with linear equations and is based on Linear Algebra. You need ideas and techiques from Linear Algebra in Differential Equations much earlier in the term than you get them in Linear Algebra. Take Linear Algebra one semester, Differential Equations the next.

(I once made the mistake of telling a student "Yes, she**could** take Linear Algebra and Differential Equations concurrently". She complained bitterly the next semester. It wouldn't have done me any good to point out that she had asked if she **could** do it, not if I thought it was a good idea. I won't make that mistake again! Answer the question that **should** have been asked, not just the one that was asked.)

Added after seeing the two responses: I am talking about a**good** differential equations course, not a "cookbook" course where you are told to "do this and you will get the answer".

If you don't use linear Algebra, how do you explain why you can make the general solution to, say, y''- 3y'+ 2y= 0, from the two "basic" solutions, [itex]e^x[/itex] and [itex]e^{2x}[/itex]?

(I once made the mistake of telling a student "Yes, she

Added after seeing the two responses: I am talking about a

If you don't use linear Algebra, how do you explain why you can make the general solution to, say, y''- 3y'+ 2y= 0, from the two "basic" solutions, [itex]e^x[/itex] and [itex]e^{2x}[/itex]?

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I don't think it is a good idea to take Linear Algebra and Differential Equations at the same time. Too much of introductory differential equations is concerned with linear equations and is based on Linear Algebra. You need ideas and techiques from Linear Algebra in Differential Equations much earlier in the term than you get them in Linear Algebra. Take Linear Algebra one semester, Differential Equations the next.

(I once made the mistake of telling a student "Yes, shecouldtake Linear Algebra and Differential Equations concurrently". She complained bitterly the next semester. It wouldn't have done me any good to point out that she had asked if shecoulddo it, not if I thought it was a good idea. I won't make that mistake again! Answer the question thatshouldhave been asked, not just the one that was asked.)

I think it depends on how the Differential Equations class is taught, I took DE before Linear Algebra, actually not even required to take LA at all. The LA stuff was self contained in the DE class and was really only briefly touched on towards then end. Ended up with an A and not having Linear Algebra didn't effect me in the slightest.

I'd think Calc III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations would work together pretty well since they all have a lot of overlap between them.

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Now,

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At my school, Calc III is a pre-req for DiffEq.

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The reason that I want to take Calc 3 at the same time is to match up with Physics 2 because they work so well together. Would I be at a big disadvantage by just taking DE/LA with Physics 2?

Thanks.

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Depending on how comfortable you are with loosing sleep and how good you are at math and physics, go for it.

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Last semester, I took Calc 3 (got an A), Linear Algebra (A-), Physics 1 (with lab) (A in both), Chemistry 1 (B+) (with A in lab), and Biology (with lab) (A in both)

This semester I took Mathematical Analysis (B), Physics 2 (with lab) (A in both), ODEs (A), Chem 2 (A-)(with B in lab), and Bio 2 (with lab) (A in both)

Next semester I'm taking:

PDEs, Modern Physics 1 (with lab), Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra

I'm retarded and took almost all my core classes my first year.. so now I have to take nothing but major classes x_x

It's tough and I really wouldn't recommend it!! lol

Take your core classes and spread them out!!!

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Update.

It's definitely doable! I got straight A's in all of my classes! Thanks to all of you!

It's definitely doable! I got straight A's in all of my classes! Thanks to all of you!

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Update.

It's definitely doable! I got straight A's in all of my classes! Thanks to all of you!

Me too. Since everything was math it was easier to focus without having to hop around many loosely tied subjects.

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Isn't that a normal load for 1 semester?

I think that it's easily possible.

I think that it's easily possible.

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Personally, I'm taking Calc III, Linear Algebra and Diff Eqs this summer (with English and Health) and I don't think the material is very difficult for any of these courses if you've done well in Calc I/II but it may take a bit of work to keep up with assignments in your course load if your professors are heavy on work.

If you can try to look up information on the potential professors you could have for each course. It may also be helpful if you ask around with some older students and see what they say about the courses difficulty with respect to what you've taken already.

In the end there is a probably an answer as to whether or not *you* can do this course load at *your school* but it's hard to say in general whether a particular course load is going to be too much.

Good luck with whatever schedule you end up deciding on,

Elwin

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