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Linear Algebra vs. Calculus II

jerrry4445jerrry4445 Posts: 2,741Registered User Senior Member
edited April 2010 in High School Life
I'm planning to take either Linear Algebra or Calculus II at the community college for the summer. The prerequisite for both is Calculus I, but it is advised that I take Calculus III before or concurrently with Linear Algebra. I am having a hard time deciding. I want to take Calculus II to further my understanding in Calculus, but it would seem like a waste of time since I am currently self-studying for this year's Calculus BC exam. However, I want to take Linear Algebra since it would be useful for my science major and it'll be interesting to learn, but I am worrying about the difficulty since I do not have any knowledge of Calculus III.

So, what class do you think I should take?
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Replies to: Linear Algebra vs. Calculus II

  • MIThopeful16MIThopeful16 Posts: 7,539Registered User Junior Member
    IIRC, BC is like the second part of Calc 1, at least where I'm at. Calc II is multivariable for us. Also if you take Calc II, you'll be way better off for Calc III. Linear algebra(at least to me), is way easier than Calc. But calculus is easy imo.
  • DerivateDerivate Posts: 868Registered User Member
    Linear Algebra is very abstract. I would discourage you from taking it unless you are really ready for it.
  • thrill3rnit3thrill3rnit3 Posts: 1,413Registered User Member
    Linear Algebra!!! I absolutely loved that class because it introduces you to "higher mathematics" and abstract thinking. I enjoyed that class over the cookbook-style calculus classes that I took.

    Take Linear Algebra and self study Number Theory, after that you're ready for more advanced undergrad mathematics (abstract algebra, analysis, etc).

    PM me if you have more questions.
  • MIThopeful16MIThopeful16 Posts: 7,539Registered User Junior Member
    I would have to agree though, Linear algebra gets you that thinking.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    MIT does things differently than most places. Almost everywhere, Calc 1 if differentiation, 2 is integration, 3 is multivariate, 4 is differential equations.

    Linear Algebra at a Community college is unlikely to be the same sort of thing as Linear Algebra at a strong university.

    Make sure what you take will transfer where you're looking to go. If not, don't take it.
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