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MATH 184 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

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    Dec 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    In this course, the actual concepts are not too difficult to understand. Often, what will be difficult is the algebra and lengthy computations that one has to do when applying the concepts. Other times, the math is extremely simple (one to two steps) and it is all a matter of whether or not the student can see what they need to do. Scott King was also a fairly good professor. Not the best professor I have had, but there were certainly more positives than negatives. He always provided handouts that were great compliments to the lecture, and he did many, many examples, making sure to detail almost every step.

    Course highlights:

    Solving differential equations was actually quite interesting. While I have never been the type of person who absolutely loves doing math and finds it entertaining, using the techniques like Bernoulli's differential equation and the characteristic equation had a certain elegance and flow to them. It was easy to see how one step followed another, and some of the tricks used in solving these problems were intriguing and surprising at times. By surprising, I mean that there were actually times when our professor showed us a certain technique and I thought to myself, "That works?" Suffice to say, going through this course taught me quite a bit about how math works, and just how finely tuned and complex our world is.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't get behind on the homework. The way our professor formatted things, homework wasn't due until the end of the semester, and had to be presented to him in a neatly organized binder. Many students simply didn't do the work until the end of the semester, and ended up losing points on their final course grade because they couldn't finish it all in time. While not every professor uses this system, keeping up with the homework is also the best and easiest way to practice the concepts taught in class. While the concepts aren't always super difficult, there are so many that it is easy to mix them up and ended up failing a midterm because you couldn't identify which method to use on a certain problem. Do the homework, and make sure you can easily identify the different types of problems and their solutions come test day.

    • Fall 2016
    • Scott D. King
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments


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