Can anyone recommend how one would go about self teacher onesself multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Specifically listing methods / textbooks / reviewbooks. I am graduating having completed Calculus BC.
I think you'd be better off taking the class at a local college than self-studying it unless you personally know or are related to people who can help you if you ever have a problm with something. If you do decide to self-study multivariable calculus, though, I've been very happy with James Stewart's calculus textbook. I don't know about linear algebra. It would be unwise to try to learn both courses at once.
You could use a distance learning program, like EPGY. But this seems rather pricey just to avoid feeling idle. Surely you can come up with something interesting to do than doing work that you can easily do in the fall. How about reading some books on math history or some aspect of math outside the usual course progression? Or take a course from www.artofproblemsolving.com?
Or you can skip math altogether and read some books you've been meaning to get to, study a foreign language, find a sport, volunteer, get a job, learn an area you are unlikely to take a course in at college ...
If you do self-study (and I agree learning both subjects would be difficult in one summer), make sure that your college will allow you to test out of the subjects or self-certify prerequisites. It might be rather boring to take the same course again. It might be to your advantage to use whatever textbooks your college uses.
From just my son's experience with EPGY (for which his college would NOT give him credit -- he was just able to skip taking the courses again), I think it would be easier to self study multivariate. He is good at math (he took BC Calculus in 9th grade and probably could have accelerated more if schools had been more cooperative), but felt having a teacher in linear algebra was very useful.
Any suggestions into a good textbook for multivariable calc ? I dont plan to use epgy ... please note that I also be a sleep-away summer counselor so the text needs to be slightly accessable ?
With self study (remember there will be no teacher) I will probably need a book (or series of books) that can allow me to understand the concepts on a basic level and others to grasp more advance concepts ... so more like a text (similar to Steward though I hear his text is difficult and some sort of princeton review type book for reference [though obviously there are no pr's for multi...])
Go with the stewart book, though it doesn't have any linear algebra. If you just finished BC the summer isn't gonna be enough time to learn both mv and linear algebra.
Replies to: Mutlivariable Calculus - Linear Algebra ... Self-teach
But do you really have no life that you'll feel idle not learning math in the SUMMER?!?! Get a life, have some fun.
Or you can skip math altogether and read some books you've been meaning to get to, study a foreign language, find a sport, volunteer, get a job, learn an area you are unlikely to take a course in at college ...
If you do self-study (and I agree learning both subjects would be difficult in one summer), make sure that your college will allow you to test out of the subjects or self-certify prerequisites. It might be rather boring to take the same course again. It might be to your advantage to use whatever textbooks your college uses.
From just my son's experience with EPGY (for which his college would NOT give him credit -- he was just able to skip taking the courses again), I think it would be easier to self study multivariate. He is good at math (he took BC Calculus in 9th grade and probably could have accelerated more if schools had been more cooperative), but felt having a teacher in linear algebra was very useful.
got an A, college credit..
used Stewart 5th edition
get everything well except vector stuff
but i believe that Stewart is good enough http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?r=1&isbn=0878915796