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Spivak or LA this Summer? [independent study]

  1. May 31, 2012 #1
    I have taken Calc 1 (computational) and Discrete Math (low-rigor proofs), and am currently taking Calc 2 (calc is a 2 semester course at my school), in the Fall I will take Vector Cal (mostly computational), probability (mostly computational), and LA (supposed to transition students to the rigor of RA and Algebra etc.)

    I was wondering if I should spend this summer working through Spivak Calculus or an intro to LA book?
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  3. May 31, 2012 #2
    Why not do both?? :tongue:

    Spivak is a great preperation for a real analysis class. The concepts are very nicely worked out. The exercises are quite challenging.

    Linear algebra could be a good self-study provided you pick a good book. If you pick Serge Lang's book or Friedberg, then you can't go wrong.

    Both topics are worth to self-study. If I were you, I would do Spivak. But it's your choice.
  4. May 31, 2012 #3
    I am working on Spivak this summer! LA can wait!
  5. May 31, 2012 #4
    I'm a slow learner and I'm already taking 2 classes this summer so I'm afraid there wouldn't be time enough to make meaningful progress on both Spivak and LA. :/

    K I think I'll do Spivak (unless someone makes a really good case for studying LA instead).
    Should I just attempt to work through the whole book from the beginning or focus on a few key chapters? I doubt I will be able to get through even a quarter of the material in the book this summer but I want to get the most benefit out of my time spent.

    Cool; good luck!
  6. Jun 1, 2012 #5
    bumping this question
  7. Jun 1, 2012 #6
    I do each chapter thoroughly. Its much more rewarding to know something in detail, than just have glancing ideas about everything.
  8. Jun 1, 2012 #7
    Yes, this is true. Try to work through everything.
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