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**The Exposition**

I'm an Astrophysics major going into my second year of University this September. I have room for one other course in fall and one course in the winter (so I have two spaces to fill.) I'm already required to take every physics course offered (6 total), and the two requisite math courses are Differential Equations and Advanced Calculus.

**The Options**

i) An introductory computer science course in the fall and "Intro to Real Analysis" in the winter. Here's the course description for Real Analysis:

Taylor's theorem, optimization, implicit and inverse function theorems. Elementary topology of Euclidean spaces. Sequences and series of numbers and functions. Pointwise and uniform convergence. Power series.

ii) A full year math course called "Algebraic Methods." Here's the course description for Algebraic Methods:

Algebraic techniques used in applied mathematics, statistics, computer science and other areas. Polynomials, complex numbers; least squares approximations; discrete linear systems; eigenvalue estimation; non-negative matrices - Markov chains; permutation groups; linear Diophantine equations; introduction to algebraic structures.

iii) Something completely different.

**The Issues**

I don't know

__anything__about computer science, and the course assumes you've seen it in High School, so I'd have to do some reading this summer. Also, Real Analysis looks way too much like pure math. If it's relevant, I didn't really like the theory of Lin Alg, but I found the applications very interesting (eigenvalues and stuff.) I also have no idea what the course description for either one is talking about. It's like you have to have taken the courses to understand the course description

**The Question**

What should I do? Thanks to anyone who even bothered to read all that!