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Complex Variables:

Analytic functions, power series, residues and poles, conformal mapping, and applications.

Partial Differential Equations:

Classification of second order equations, characteristics, general theory of first order equations, Dirichlet problem for Laplace's equeation and Green's functions, eigenvalue problems, and variational methods.

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Calculus of Several Variables:

Differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables, vector anylasis, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem and applications.

Intermediate Differential Equations:

Systems of differential equations, series, solutions, special functions, elementary partrial differential equations, Sturm-Liouville problems, stability and applications.

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My first choice would be Complex variables, but if you could take both classes definately take them.

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Since I know the course schedule that you have planned out for yourself -- and correct me if I'm wrong, but you plan to take this class before you take your higher level engineering classes -- the complex variable class will be so incredibly useful it's not even funny.

The PDE would be a nice class to take, but you use complex variables a lot in your engineering courses -- linear systems, signals, controls, power, communications, etc. Very, very useful.

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waht said:I'm not sure if they would introduce you to Fourier Transforms in PDE, if they did that would be useful in EE.

He would most likely see the Fourier series in PDE – using it to derive the heat equation, I think. I don't believe they introduce the Fourier Transform, however. I have a friend who's doing mechanical engineering, and he just took his PDE class, and he told me that he learned the FS, but not the FT.

Then again, it could be different at his university. My friend’s class was dedicated to ME's, so they may have altered the standard curriculum a bit.

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Hey Maxwell, I was thinking about what you told me a few weeks ago when I told you my academic plan. You said that it would probably be most benificial if I were to minor in physics and math as oppose to computer science and math since I will probably specialize in photonics. So I checked out what I would need to take to minor in physics, and it turns out that I would only have to take a few extra classes, and they look very fun and usefull. I am now pretty sure that I am going to minor in math and applied physics now and drop the whole computer science thing all together. Thanks for the advice.

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Good call Manchot. I will definetely do that.

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