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  1. Apr 7, 2016 #1
    I know its a ridiculous question, but I'm signing up for classes and I wanted to take differential equations and its currently filled up(for now, people drop all the time at my uni) but saw partial differential equations. I assume you need differential equations before partial differential equations, so I don't know if I should even sign up for that. If I can't take it I'm going to take linear algebra.
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2016 #2
    yeah, it would make more sense. You also need a grasp of calculus 3.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2016 #3
    I've signed up for calc 3 and physics 2. They let us take calc 3 concurrently with differential equations, I was just trying to avoid unneeded filler classes to make it full time. Linear algebra isn't really required but I thought it looked interesting.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2016 #4

    Vanadium 50

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    What does the course catalog say about prerequisites?
     
  6. Apr 7, 2016 #5
    I need differential equations before partial differential equations, just looked it up. Looks like linear algebra is gonna be a choice to take.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2016 #6
    ODE is a very easy class. Can be a GPA booster
     
  8. Apr 8, 2016 #7
    Excuse my ignorance, but what does ODE stand for?
     
  9. Apr 8, 2016 #8

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    Ordinary Differential Equations. (as opposed to Partial Differential Equations, PDE)
     
  10. Apr 8, 2016 #9
    Oh ok. Thanks!
     
  11. Apr 8, 2016 #10

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    I get tripped up by TLA's sometimes, too. :-p

    (Three Letter Acronyms)
     
  12. Apr 8, 2016 #11
    If it helps, I wish linear algebra had been a prerequisite for my first class in differential equations. Linear algebra shows up everywhere, and there are big chunks of methodology in differential equations that boil down to solving a system of linear equations or finding eigenvalues or eigenvectors.
     
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