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Courses Course Selection: Algebra or Analysis?

  1. Jul 30, 2009 #1

    I have done some algebra (mostly group theory and linear algebra), and single-variable real analysis at the level of baby Rudin. Currently I have a choice between two courses:

    Analysis: Lebesgue and Fourier analysis; Hilbert and Sobolev spaces; fractals and approximation theory

    Algebra: lattices and order, Boolean algebra, universal algebra

    Which do you think is the wiser choice? Thanks
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  3. Jul 30, 2009 #2
    A wiser choice for what!?

    Maybe you should take an English paper so you can communicate yourself more clearly:p
  4. Jul 30, 2009 #3
    Sorry, the wiser choice for a student who wants to be a mathematician
  5. Jul 30, 2009 #4


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    Well it's totally up to you, whatever your interests are. Either you like algebra better, or your like analysis better. There's no wrong choice here.
  6. Jul 31, 2009 #5
    So the topics covered by the two courses are equally important? Btw, I enjoy analysis and algebra equally.
  7. Jul 31, 2009 #6


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    Again: important for what? The're both mathematics courses, so in order to become 'a mathematician' they're both important. But 'a mathematician' is a general term, every mathematician has to specialise in a certain subject.
    We can't decide for you, since we don't know what your future plans are.
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