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Does math get more interesting after Calc II?

  1. Jun 12, 2015 #1
    Hello all!
    I am currently taking a six week Calc II w/ Analytical Geometry and will be taking Vector Calculus in a few weeks, also six week course. I am a math major and I love math, but I find calculus a tad on the boring side. We just started infinite series this week, a little more interesting but not yet on the edge of my chair. So my two questions are; 1) Was there a math class that just blew your mind or really got you going with math? 2) Any ideas to help keep me interested?

    While I am "enjoying" Calculus, at this point it just seems mundane. Learn this rule, apply this rule, here is another rule, apply it and I'll give you another! I understand that it is building up a base of knowledge but is there anything exciting in the future? When do i get to use my own analytical power, problem solving capabilities or dare I say...creativity?

    Thanks for your time and help,
    Jonathan
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2015 #2

    jedishrfu

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    I enjoyed tensor analysis which is one step beyond vector calculus a lot as it gave me the tools to learn General Relativity. The vector calc stuff is used in E&M and in fluid flow so if you like applied math then you should enjoy that and then there's the Millennial problem dealing with the Navier Stokes equation.

    Mathwise though you might like mathematical origami a combination of geometry and other maths. There's a video on youtube "Beyond the Folds" that touches on Prof Eric Demaine's work and Prof Robert Lang's work. One such problem is the classic trisecting the angle and doubling the cube can be computed using origami folds.

    Lastly, there's a popular book called Math 1001 by Prof Elwes that surveys many math topics so you could use it as a kind of catalog to find and area of interest.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mathematics-...UTF8&qid=1434170109&sr=8-1&keywords=math+1001
     
  4. Jun 13, 2015 #3

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    Yes, calculus is boring. Especially when they teach it like you said. More interesting is when you will actually prove all these rules from scratch. This is what you'll do in analysis. If you're having a lot of free time, then you can try to work through Spivak and Apostol for more exciting views of calculus.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2015 #4
    OK, thanks for the input!
     
  6. Jun 15, 2015 #5
    Sure it does! The more you know the more you can learn and the more you start discovering :) Discovery is always fun
     
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