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I Which derivatives should I review for my DiffEq course?

  1. Jul 21, 2016 #1
    Background:
    It has been about a year and a half since I took Calc 3 so I am not as familiar with using derivatives as I would like to be. Basically my math dept. had a concentration in math-stats that didn't even require differential equations at all, so I wasn't expecting to take the course. Now that I am moving into the computational math concentration I need to take the course. I have done Calc 1-3, Linear Algebra, and two introductory proof classes one which got into some Advanced Calc stuff (metric spaces, equivalence relations, etc...)

    Question:
    As stated in the topic, which aspects of derivatives should I review for Diff. Eq?
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2016 #2

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    Assuming you already have a solid grasp of polynomials, I would recommend reviewing partial derivatives, exponentials and trig functions.
     
  4. Jul 21, 2016 #3
    Yes I do and that is one of the areas that came to mind. Thank you! Would you recommend going over gradient vectors or change of coordinate systems?
     
  5. Jul 21, 2016 #4

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    Those are always helpful; it seems like those concepts are closely related to partial derivatives and are a likely application.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2016 #5
    Yeah they are applications. I really appreciate your help so thank you again.
     
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