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Old 10-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Spring registration is coming up at my university and I have the choice this semester to take either Calc 3 or Diff Eq. Which of the two did you guys find harder or easier or recommend taking first? I'm an engineering major wanting to minor, possibly double major in math.


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Old 10-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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They're both easier than calc II. But I would take calc III then dif eq.
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Likewise. Calc III then diffy q
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Agree with everyone else, Calc III then Diff Eq. Although, I did have a teacher try to teach Calc III using all theory, was not an enjoyable experience. Ended up dropping it and taking it with a different professor the next semester.
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If you're an engineer, diffeq will be very easy for you.

I was in stats and found diffeq very difficult because it was taught by an engineer for engineers, who all saw those equations well before I did.

I found Calc III easy. Do Calc III then diffeq. You'll find some diffeq aspects from Calc III.
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A minor in anything is worthless, no one cares about minors. A double major in two disciplines of engineering is definitely worthwhile but engineering and math is probably also worthless. Speak to real recruiters about what they look for before committing hours of your life to amount to nothing.

Also, take Calc 3 before Diff Eq.
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Sorry man, it's good for you as a person but from a professional standpoint it's not all that valuable. I'm pretty sure the last time I did vector calculus was while I was taking the class.
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Haha yeah I know, I'm only doing it because it's only 2 extra classes. I have friends who are doubling in physics/math and even that is pretty pointless.
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Do Calc 3 first. There are some tricks that will help you in DiffEq.

That being said I found DiffEq difficult but I'm kind of retarded.
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Is calc 3 easier than calc 16?
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Only if you're not good with more than 2 dimensions! Calc 16 is calculus with 4+ dimensions, which we will learn after we figure out how to interact with dark matter.
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