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What to brush up on before taking Vector Analysis

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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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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.
 
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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.
I see. Of course, I've taken the prerequisites, Cal I-III and Linear Algebra.
 

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