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for each of these careers: engineer, physicist, mathematician, how much numerical analysis is necessary? is just learning mathematica sufficient? or do you need at least a full class in numerical analysis?
yea thats why id rather put it off until my last semester of undergrad, so my grade wont matter to grad school admissionsBut numerical analysis is so boring.
Yes simply because you shouldn't be one of those people that uses canned software without knowing what it's doing. The computer is not supposed to be a magical black box. When you solve a problem numerically, the effectiveness and appropriateness of the algorithm you use is extremely important.for each of these careers: engineer, physicist, mathematician, how much numerical analysis is necessary? is just learning mathematica sufficient? or do you need at least a full class in numerical analysis?
Of course it depends on what you will be doing, but generally speaking the answer is: a lot.for each of these careers: engineer, physicist, mathematician, how much numerical analysis is necessary?
I think that it can be useful. Why don't you ask your adviser?alright, i get the message, we need lots of numerical analysis.
anyways , i'm starting my physics research this summer, and my only programming experience is a class in c++. so would taking a numerical analysis seminar (which only has 1-hr lecture each week)that teaches mathematica be really helpful? if not, i might as well drop the class