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What to brush up on before taking Vector Analysis

  1. May 20, 2009 #1
    I forgot to add this in my other thread.

    I'm taking Diff. Eq. and Vector Analysis this fall. I've already started brushing up on DE-related stuff. What should I review for Vector Analysis? Thanks.
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  3. May 21, 2009 #2
    There's not much you can do to prepare for it besides trying to master single variable and (especially) multi variable calculus. Otherwise you could pick up a book on vector analysis and try to get started reviewing the material explicitly. There is a book called "div, grad, and curl" which talks about some primary topics and seems to get a lot of good reviews.

    Vector calculus is a difficult subject to learn because people usually take it before becoming very mature in their math or science coursework. I would say expect to spend a lot more time on this course than on the DE course.
  4. May 21, 2009 #3
    I see. Of course, I've taken the prerequisites, Cal I-III and Linear Algebra.
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