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    How hard is Linear algebra vs. Calculus

    I'm currently almost done with 1st semester calc

    I'm taking second semester calc in fall 2013 but that would fit the prereq. for linear algebra

    I'm thinking of taking both at once, I'm not some sort of math wiz but I can get a B in calc if I study hard enough

    Do you think it is a bad idea to take both at the same time? Like I said, I'm not a math wiz and I wouldn't have any other classes...and plus I really enjoy math to begin with

    Also.... another calculus question....How hard is Calc 1 compared to Calc2? and compared to Calc3? What's the hardest out of all 3 semesters of calculus? I've spoken to kids at school and they all say completely different things

    I also go to a community college so I don't know if that would make the classes easier ...
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    Re: How hard is Linear algebra vs. Calculus

    Well,
    I've only taken single-variable calculus, and I'm currently self-studying linear algebra, so I can answer just a part of your questions. Maybe someone who is more experienced will have a better answer, but this is what I think:

    I wouldn't take both linear algebra and calculus at the same time because they're completely different, and learning them simultaneously will be harder and probably confusing.

    Calculus 2 has to do mainly with integration (well at my college anyways). I'd say it's not much harder than Calculus 1 and probably the hardest thing is making that leap from derivatives to integrals at the beginning. I'm not sure about Calculus 3; all I know is that it has to do with the calculus of vector functions and functions in multiple variables (I think it's like that at most colleges).

    I find linear algebra so far to be easier than Cal. 1, but that's probably because I'm only halfway through. I think learning about matrices, determinants and vectors is easier, but beyond that I'm not sure yet.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by MathKnot; April 24th 2013 at 05:22 AM.
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