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Discrete Math or MATLab?

  1. Aug 19, 2010 #1
    Which one is a better course to take? I feel like MATLab is simple enough I can learn on my own if I ever need it. How useful is discrete math in physics? Should I take that now or stick to MATLab?
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2010 #2
    Your uni actually offers and entire class on matlab? Thats sounds pretty stupid to me, take discrete math. Even if it doesn't end up being useful for your work in physics, at least it will help sharpen your math skills. Matlab you can learn on your own in your own free time.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2010 #3
    Yeah, Georgia Tech offers a course on MATLAB that is required for engineers but I'm switching to physics. Anyone else want to chime in before I make a decision? I thought discrete math was used in some physics?

    Side Note: I already know a lot of C++ and some Java.
     
  5. Aug 19, 2010 #4
    I'm not sure how useful discrete math will be in pursuit of physics, but it's definitely the better of the two classes.

    I've spent the last few weeks self-studying discrete mathematics and it's quite an interesting subject. A nice refresher from the typical undergrad math classes.
     
  6. Aug 19, 2010 #5
    Thanks, I have to make a decision tomorrow before my schedule gets locked in. If a spot doesn't open in discrete by then I might have to study it myself. What books do you recommend?
     
  7. Aug 20, 2010 #6
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  8. Aug 20, 2010 #7
    Also, you may be interested in http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/~wchen/ln.html" [Broken] of lectures. I find them to be wonderful for self learning and it was my starting point for discrete math.
     
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