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This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The truth of the matter is that this course is required for math majors, and may be required for other majors as well, though I'm not familiar with those. Trying to understand the theory can be tough, but it's a lot of fun. Earlier math classes might've been less fun because of emphasis on calculations, but this course gets you to start focusing more on theory and less on computation, which is the farthest thing from boring.
Course highlights:
This course is now the first upper division math class required for math majors. As such, there's less focus on calculations as there is in earlier math classes. There are calculations, of course, but they're not very difficult. What's difficult is understanding and remembering the theory. You have to pay attention to the theorems and definitions, because those will mess you up. It can be... difficult, but that doesn't mean it's torment. To the contrary, it's actually a really fun class, so long as you keep a "this is a really interesting new topic" mindset, rather than an "I just want to get this over with" one. If you hated previous math classes, this is probably not the course for you. This class does not have a lot of focus on practical applications, so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
If you're taking this course, don't skip class, do the homework assignments, and go to office hours. If a theorem says "If a, then b," it doesn't necessarily work as "If b, then a." Keep that in mind. Keep asking questions, it takes some time to understand the theory. To be specific, pay so much attention during the chapter on vector spaces, it is incredibly important and one of the toughest parts of the course. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because you might get some really interesting answers. Stay optimistic. I promise the class is much easier if you enjoy it.