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Classes Advice

  1. Aug 14, 2004 #1
    My school teaches differential equations and linear algebra at the same time. And this upcoming semester is my favorite professors last semester teaching it for a pretty good while.

    Do you guys think it is worth taking three math classes (calc3, de, la) at a time to have a good professor? If I wait on the DE/LA the professor I will take it with the semester after isn’t that good.
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2004 #2
    oops meant to post in general math
     
  4. Aug 14, 2004 #3
    When i was an undergrad i took 3 classes in one semester (linear alg,difEQ,real analysis) and i took 5 classes once as a grad student in one semester, so i would say go for it. Good teachers are hard to find.

    How many classes do you plan to take total. I wouldn't take to many if you are going to take 3 math classes.
     
  5. Aug 14, 2004 #4

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    Among those 3 courses, I'd say that for Linear Algebra, it's nice to have a good teacher. Less so for Calc and DE.

    Just my opinion.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2004 #5
    those three, calc based physics and 50 hours of work a week
     
  7. Aug 15, 2004 #6

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    VERY BAD IDEA - do NOT do that ! :mad:
     
  8. Aug 15, 2004 #7
    but 10 of those hours of work are as a math tutor...

    so you say wait?
     
  9. Aug 15, 2004 #8

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    Pick one, (maybe two) courses. I strongly advise against taking 3 - you will do yourself a disservice by trying that. And yes, wait.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2004 #9
    Yes definately that sounds like its going to hurt you bad if you overload.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2004 #10
    It depends on how hard you are willing to work. You could take all 3 classes. I have been taking 7 classes every semester since my sophmore year without any problems. If you can study hardcore for hours on end then you can do all 3.
     
  12. Aug 15, 2004 #11

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    usually it is foolish to take more than 2 math classes.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2004 #12

    shmoe

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    Holy smokes, 4 classes on top of 50 hours of work? I can't imagine trying that. I never took more than 5 math classes at a time, and always as a full time student.

    Can you postpone calc 3 and the physics course? Then you'd only have 2 courses on top of 50 hours of work...still not something I'd want to consider! What kind of courseload do you normally handle on top of the working?
     
  14. Aug 16, 2004 #13
    Well I usually take roughly 18 units normally. But up until now they have been like ½ english classes or something along those lines. No offense to you English people, but those classes don’t really count. I think ill cut the physics and some hours at work.
     
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