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Taking Calculus and Linear Algebra in the same semester

  1. Dec 17, 2011 #1
    Hey all!. :)

    I am a freshmen and am wondering if it would be advisable to take Calculus w/ Analytical Geometry 1 and Linear Algebra concurrently (in the same smester). Though I have not taken Cal 1, 2, or 3 yet I remember when I learned (taught myself) Linear Algebra that there was no use of differentials, intergrals, or limits used. The hardest thing I remember in LA was probably trying to learn the proofs.

    My class schedule:

    Calculus w/ Analytical Geometry 1 (5 cr, M T W R F)
    Linear Algebra (3 cr, M T W R F)
    Intro. Sociology (3 cr)
    Gen. Ant (3 cr)

    Total: 14 cr


    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
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  3. Dec 17, 2011 #2
    Looks fine to me. Calculus and linear algebra have a tiny bit of overlap in my experience, but one isn't required for the other.
  4. Dec 17, 2011 #3
    You should have no trouble with that setup.
  5. Dec 19, 2011 #4
    I agree that you should not have any problems as long as you study adequately, and by this i mean study as you would normally for each class. I took Vector Calculus which is a continuation of Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry and Linear Algebra concurrently and found that it wasn’t too bad. The tedious part of Linear Algebra for me was theorems, as I had a professor whose tests were solely proofs. And keep in mind that I hardly study or attended lecture (which i’m not proud of and a habit I WILL break this quarter). If your professor gives problems, then imo it’s even easier. You’ll find that Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry isn’t too bad either. Without knowing you, i’m assuming that if you’ve completed the prerequisites to those classes, you’ll do just fine.
  6. Dec 19, 2011 #5

    Do you have any advice on what I should say to him? It require Calc 3, but I'm confident I can get his consent because I already know a good deal about LA. I was thinking I would just talk to him and show him my knowledge of LA. I don't know much about proofs though..suggestions?


  7. Dec 19, 2011 #6
    Wait...calc 3 is a prerequisite for linear algebra? That's bizarre. Most sane people take linear algebra before or with multivariable calculus.
  8. Dec 19, 2011 #7
    No worries he was chill about giving me a override form
  9. Dec 19, 2011 #8
    In my linear algebra class, we studied integral transforms when we studied change of basis and also touched on ODEs a bit, although there was only a total of 1 question between those two subjects on the final exam and none on the midterms.
  10. Dec 19, 2011 #9
    yeah, i just finished LA, and we had 2 inner product spaces questions on the final, and to solve those you have to integrate -- they were easy integrals, but still they were easy since i've had calc2 before. also, we did the wronskien method for determining linear independence/dependence of a function space on the homework, which required computing some derivatives.
  11. Dec 20, 2011 #10
    I did that last year but I also took two electives so it was doable. It was hard work but I am an older student who knows what happens if you are not steve jobs and dont have a college degree. Last semester I took calc 3, diffy q, physics and statics. I felt like dying at times but I got all As and now know I can survive anything.

    Go into it thinking failure(you get a B) is not an option and stay ahead as far as you can.
  12. Dec 20, 2011 #11
    you're the man. keep up the good work.
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