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I Two questions about general math

  1. Oct 30, 2016 #1
    Is it true that if you have a good understanding of proof based math courses( like Real Analysis), courses based in computations( like Calculus) become relatively trivial ? And I have another doubt. Do I need to know Real Analysis to formulate Calculus problems and exercises ? Or, is a rigorous Calculus book enough for this finality ?
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  3. Oct 30, 2016 #2


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    The usual sequence of courses in the US are Calculus 1,2,3 and then a year later Real Analysis so that says that solving Calculus problems doesn't require RA.
  4. Oct 30, 2016 #3
    My question is not about solving Calculus problems. It's about formulating(creating) Calculus problems.
  5. Oct 31, 2016 #4


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    No. How would you prove that your computations are correct? Good courses about computation are more than cookbook classes.
    No, I don't think so, not for the "drill" exercises in any case. However, the more you are "above" the subject, the better. Also, I could certainly think of more advanced calculus problems that require an understanding of real analysis for their proper design.
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