Difficulty of Math 445?

<p>Can anyone who has taken Math 445 comment on the class in terms of difficulty and workload? Is the class primarily juniors and seniors? Any specific tips for success? Thanks!</p>

<p>I took Math 445 during my Senior year as a Math Major. Most of the class was made of Sophomore EE Majors, but there were a few juniors and non-EE majors. I notice that Mancera is teaching the class. My friends have said that he’s ok, but his lectures are a bit confusing. However, for this course (at least for the prof I had), reading and doing problems from the book helped the most. Usually, the TA should be able to teach you the material as well. </p>

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<p>That is what everyone in my 445 class did to save money.</p>

<p>My tips are:

  1. Do the assigned homework (if any), suggested problems, and additional problems from the book.
  2. Pay more attention to your TA if you don’t understand Mancera (some find him helpful while others do not)
  3. Study for quizzes/tests by asking your TA and/or Mancera questions
  4. Finally, read the explanations in Kreyszig.</p>

<p>Thanks for the specific tips nhsharvard! About how many hours of studying per week did you spend on the class?</p>

<p>The professor I had, which was not Mancera, was confusing, but followed the book pretty closely while making more confusing explanations when compared to the book. His exams followed the suggested problems closely. </p>

<p>I studied about 3-5 hours a week, but that’s because my other math class that semester was much harder for me. In your case, you should study at least 1.5-3+ hrs per day (Mon-Fri) to get an A on the course because some of the material is a bit tough and my prof was easier on tests compared to the other profs teaching the course.</p>

<p>Thanks again. One more question: Are there any topics I should make sure to review before the class begins? Should I review stuff like gradients/differential equations/line integrals? Is there any linear algebra in this class?</p>

<p>The only Multivariable Calc you should review, if you forgot, is Partial Differentiation. Besides that, the line integrals and other concepts you will learn (or have learned in past courses) in the course will be in a different perspective (like Complex Variables instead of Real Variables). The text does a good job of teaching the concepts and it also reviews some content you might have learned in past courses. There is some linear algebra as well. However, you will be reviewing these concepts in class.</p>