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Taking Calc 2 and Linear Algebra at the Same Time

  1. Mar 8, 2017 #1
    I'm in a bit of a dilemma. At my university, Calc 2 is a prerequisite to Linear Algebra. However, I have been told that it's totally doable to take both at the same time. What do you guys think? Do most universities wave this requirement if you take them concurrently? Thanks!
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  3. Mar 8, 2017 #2


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    I agree. Almost nothing you learn in calc 2 applies to linear algebra. You might need to know separation of variables, but your teacher will prob teach that to you.
  4. Mar 9, 2017 #3


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    It depends on what is covered in the Linear Algebra course. If the course covers inner products on function spaces, these are usually defined as integrals, which I assume is what will be covered in your Calc 2 course. Your university has Calc 2 as a prereq for a reason.
  5. Mar 9, 2017 #4
    Told by who? The instructor of the Linear Algebra course? OK, then do it.

    Someone else? The instructor of the Linear Algebra course is the one who knows most what background material the course requires.
  6. Mar 9, 2017 #5
    You could do Calc 3 and Linear Algebra concurrently, you'll want to have the Calc 2 knowledge under your belt when doing Linear Algebra.
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