1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Self study math for other discipline graduate

  1. Sep 18, 2008 #1
    i am medical doctor who wants to self study mathematics , the last mathematics course i took was 6 years ago at the pre-medical college .. worth mentioning that i am from a country where the educational system is different from USA

    at high school i studied algebra , calculus , trigonometry , analytical geometry equivalent to SAT level .. and some calculus in college , as long time has elapsed i know i will need to refresh my basic mathematics before proceeding further ..

    My questions are :
    1- is it possible to Effectively self study mathematics to a level equivalent to a BSc math ?

    2- what are the fundamental advantages of Campus study that i will be missing ? is it possible to compensate for them by another way ? How ?

    3- what would be the most appropriate sequence of topics/courses to self study ?

    4- How many hours a day on average do a BSc student need to study mathematics ( i mean revising and homework exercises, not lectures .. etc )

    replies are Much appreciated
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 18, 2008 #2

    George Jones

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Yes, but it will be very difficult, it will take a consistent effort, and it will require a lot of self-disciple.
    Taking courses forces one to do the work, and to make consistent progress. The routine and pressure of lectures, assignments, tests, and exams forces a student to move forward through the material. Also, discussion with fellow students and instructors can be invaluable.
  4. Sep 18, 2008 #3
    Exactly, it's all about self-control. In educational institutions, you HAVE to do a lot of work, there is no option. If you won't you'll fail. This kind of self-control and imposition is quite difficult especially for a person who has to devote a lot of time in other preofession. But as they say, slow and steady wins the race! :)

    You can make it with continuous effort, even if not too much at a time.

    Basically it would depend whether you are interested in pure maths or applied. Further, your personal fields of interest would also matter. In case you need to revise your college Math, you should start from basics like Trigonometric identities and their formulas, Differentiation and integration techniques, Equations of lines and tangents, parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses etc., Limits and Continuity. It would be good if you get some introductory college level text on pure maths or Calculus.

    I think even 2 hours daily would be quite sufficient if you do that continuously. On holiday, revise the week's work. :D
  5. Sep 18, 2008 #4
    thanks for the valuable advice George Jones & Peon666

    is it taught in way different from that of high school ? more specifically : the theory , proof , examples then follows lots of exercises ?

    i am interested in applied mathematics .. so far .
    will pure mathematics affect my understanding of applied mathematics ? or rather after certain level applied and pure will be completely divergent pathways ..
    the following question may seem stupid:shy: but :is it possible ( ordid it happen before)that aspects of pure mathematics will have ( or had ) applications in research areas like theoretical physics for example ?

    this is GOOD news .. i used to study about an average of 6 hours/day in the medical school
    it was most of the time painful cos you have to remember Huge pieces of information without Logical sequence or arrangement .. i hope studying maths will be easier , at least it was so in the in the high school ..

  6. Sep 18, 2008 #5

    George Jones

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook