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As far as first semester of calculus, you probably don't need anything other than the concepts of limits, derivative, and anti-derivative (integrals).

There's usually some pre-requisites. It is common that one takes physics 1 after completing calculus 1.

Look at the pre-requisites. It is too vague to tell you what to do....

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thanks for the quick answer! Ok that's cool , I was never a math wiz but I have most of my prereqs in algebra done just have to do college algebra and I can start with the rest. What about physics with calculus? why do I have to take calc, physics, AND physics WITH calc?

As far as first semester of calculus, you probably don't need anything other than the concepts of limits, derivative, and anti-derivative (integrals).

There's usually some pre-requisites. It is common that one takes physics 1 after completing calculus 1.

Look at the pre-requisites. It is too vague to tell you what to do....

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For example, at my school, it's assumed that you'll be taking Calc I concurrently with Phys I despite calculus not being an explicit co-requisite.

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I tried but the administrative dept at this school sucks, the teachers rock but the people who help you get to them are terrible. None of them know what the hell they are talking about.

For example, at my school, it's assumed that you'll be taking Calc I concurrently with Phys I despite calculus not being an explicit co-requisite.

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You might not need that much of calculus III for diff eq. Does your school have a course listing that shows prerequisites needed for the courses? Maybe you should call them.

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I will correct myself. I meant "first semester of physics".As far as first semester of calculus, you probably don't need anything other than the concepts of limits, derivative, and anti-derivative (integrals).

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ok great thanks for all the advice guys! big help!

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If you post your school's name we can look at the catalog and give you accurate information.

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As others mention, your course catalogue will probably list pre-requisites or corequisites... or ask a faculty member or two who have recently taught the course... or ask friends/co-students who have taken the course.

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So take classes in the order that satisfy the prereqs and move up the chain that way.

Mathematically its smarter to take linear algebra before Diff Eq but Diff Eq. is important for circuit analysis so you might not have that option ( like me lol). I did Calc 1>Calc 2>Calc 3 + Diff EQ. Next semester I plan on taking linear algebra, prob/stat, and an intro to proofs course. Linear algebra and proofs are not required of me but I'm also a math minor.

Take the physics classes as early as you can too, usually Physics 1 concurrently with calc 2 and physics 2 concurrently with calc 3. Generally you don't need much math aside from basic calculus to do the intro physics courses. There is a bit of differential equations for circuit problems in physics 2 but most intro book I see just hand you the solutions and expect you to just use them. Its obviously a bit better if you're farther ahead in math than you are in physics but I wouldnt put off physics for a semester just to do that. EE programs are much to packed in to do that.

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