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Mutlivariable Calculus - Linear Algebra ... Self-teach

st12ikerst12iker Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
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.
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Replies to: Mutlivariable Calculus - Linear Algebra ... Self-teach

  • quantum leapquantum leap Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    Why teach yourself? They're not the easiest classes and if you're graduating, just take the courses in college.
  • st12ikerst12iker Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I would hate to feel idle over the summer ....
  • Rhapsody in GreenRhapsody in Green Registered User Posts: 355 Member
    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.
  • nodnardnodnard Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    My Linear Algebra textbook is great: Elementary Linear Algebra by H. Anton. I skipped 1/3 of my classes and will still probably get an A.

    But do you really have no life that you'll feel idle not learning math in the SUMMER?!?! Get a life, have some fun.
  • st12ikerst12iker Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    lol ... anymore suggestions ?
  • DianeRDianeR Registered User Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    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.
  • st12ikerst12iker Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    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 ?
  • GospyGospy Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    I use Stewart for MVC, it's a decent book. I feel pretty confident with the material.
  • cornholio27516cornholio27516 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    i took MV Calc by independent study through LSU IS..
    got an A, college credit..
    used Stewart 5th edition

    get everything well except vector stuff
  • st12ikerst12iker Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    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...])
  • cornholio27516cornholio27516 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    heres a mini-prep book for MV Calc..
    but i believe that Stewart is good enough http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?r=1&isbn=0878915796
  • ydgunzydgunz Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    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.
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