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Picking classes

  1. Aug 19, 2007 #1
    Hey everyone,

    I recently went to enroll for classes for my first quarter of college. However, I have a bit of a dilemma (or so I think). When I left high school I assumed the university would see on my final transcript that I took pre-calculus (I got a B+), and that I would be allowed to take calculus. As it turns out, the school requires that I take a pre-calculus placement test before I'm allowed to go directly into calculus. So for the moment, I am currently enrolled in a linear algebra class. I think I should just take the test so I can go into calculus, but then again I'm not 100% sure what I should do. My questions are:

    Is it absolutely necessary that I start out in calculus, or can I just start in linear algebra?

    Is linear algebra even that important in CS?

    Thanks again
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  3. Aug 19, 2007 #2
    uhh, I don't know what you mean by CS... but if you are taking physics 1 I think you will need calculus, btw I recently took a calculus placement exam (for NYU)... it was all trig and algebra, easy as pie...
  4. Aug 20, 2007 #3
    Sorry about that, by CS I meant computer science. I'm a computer science major.
  5. Aug 20, 2007 #4


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    Is calculus?
    Seriously, take all the maths classes you can - it's hard to pick up maths by yourself later.
    Don't worry too much about exactly how relevant something is going to be later - can you predict everything you are going to need to know in the next 50 years?
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