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Funnily enough at my school its only for Math Majors. Unfortunately they fit the exact same category. They all want to be math teachers. The only problem is they don't wanna learn how to do math. I cringe everytime someone says "When the hell will we ever use this crap?".

It makes me sick :yuck:

I really really need to find a more competitive school.

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Are you serious? I've heard that question a thousand times in high school, but...

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But yea at my University most of the students are even less motiviated than high school students.

Be prepared to be asked ridiculous questions on a regular basis such as "Why are you taking that class if it's not required?", "You can't get a job with that major!" and my personal favorite "How come you dropped your education major?"

Which is quite funny especially since I never was an education major. I'm relatively sure there is only one other person in my entire school who is actually planning on being a Mathematician but he's a physics double major so i'm not even sure of that.

Physics is almost as bad but not quite. Most of the people in physics are football players on scholarships who are engineering majors and frequently miss class for football related crap.

I don't mind people doing what they want to do but if you take a class you need for your major at least act interested in it.:rofl:

I should also mention that in my discrete math class there are only 4 of us out of 30 that are passing. Everyone was laughing the other day because they are certain the Professor can't "Get away with it" .

The Professor however is always enthusiastic and knowledgeable and does everything in his power to try and make everyone understand the material. The man must have infinite patience.

I have a feeling I'm going to have a tough time as a Professor one day if I make it that far. I would have very little tolerance for people so unwilling to try and learn.

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But yea at my University most of the students are even less motiviated than high school students.

Be prepared to be asked ridiculous questions on a regular basis such as "Why are you taking that class if it's not required?", "You can't get a job with that major!" and my personal favorite "How come you dropped your education major?"

Which is quite funny especially since I never was an education major. I'm relatively sure there is only one other person in my entire school who is actually planning on being a Mathematician but he's a physics double major so i'm not even sure of that.

Physics is almost as bad but not quite. Most of the people in physics are football players on scholarships who are engineering majors and frequently miss class for football related crap.

I don't mind people doing what they want to do but if you take a class you need for your major at least act interested in it.:rofl:

I should also mention that in my discrete math class there are only 4 of us out of 30 that are passing. Everyone was laughing the other day because they are certain the Professor can't "Get away with it" .

The Professor however is always enthusiastic and knowledgeable and does everything in his power to try and make everyone understand the material. The man must have infinite patience.

I have a feeling I'm going to have a tough time as a Professor one day if I make it that far. I would have very little tolerance for people so unwilling to try and learn.

Wow if my college turns out to be anything remotely close to that I may have to hang myself. I didn't think people taking higher level math courses could be so ignorant!

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Even if that isn't the case and your LA is only for math majors, it still shouldn't be bad.

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Wow if my college turns out to be anything remotely close to that I may have to hang myself. I didn't think people taking higher level math courses could be so ignorant!

Yeah if you know Binomial theorem or that F=ma or the Quadratic Formula , be prepared to freak everyone out.

Apparently my High School is the only one in the area that teaches Algebra II. Also be aware of that one clueless engineer who on the first day will raise his hand and ask your professor "So what do we do in this "Physics" class? What's it have to do with engineering?":rofl:

By the way i'm not trying to offend any engineers. I have a feeling the engineers at my school are the exception not the rule.

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Also at my university the upside of the fact that there is a lack of serious students means that I get tons of one-on-one time with the Professors pretty much when ever I want to talk about the course material or research.

If you are a serious student you will always get priority over those that just want to get a cute little mark on their transcript.

Also note that I am a freshman, I'm certain that once Linear Algebra is done next semester pretty much all my courses will be serious people only. At least at my school Moden Algebra and Modern physics (2nd semester sophmore courses for both majors) are pretty much only offered to serious students. Although I fear that there may be some Math/Education majors dangling still when we get to Modern Algebra. If they mature more though and start respecting the professors and getting serious about their major then I won't have a problem with them.

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when i was there, the university of utah was a very diverse place, with a great range of courses from VERY elementary, to quite advanced, and the faculty included some of the best mathematicians in the country.

so there is no easy way to tell what your course level will be like just from the title. linear algebra is like english, some people teach an easy course and some teach a hard one. you need to get advice from faculty at the U.

here is the utah undergraduate advisor's address:

Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon

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801/581-6837

ahacon@math.utah.edu

so there is no easy way to tell what your course level will be like just from the title. linear algebra is like english, some people teach an easy course and some teach a hard one. you need to get advice from faculty at the U.

here is the utah undergraduate advisor's address:

Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon

204 JWB

801/581-6837

ahacon@math.utah.edu

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when i was there, the university of utah was a very diverse place, with a great range of courses from VERY elementary, to quite advanced, and the faculty included some of the best mathematicians in the country.

so there is no easy way to tell what your course level will be like just from the title. linear algebra is like english, some people teach an easy course and some teach a hard one. you need to get advice from faculty at the U.

here is the utah undergraduate advisor's address:

Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon

204 JWB

801/581-6837

ahacon@math.utah.edu

It must be really hot over there.

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in utah? it is very cold in winter with a really long snow season.

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Oooh really? I might have to check it out then. I love cold weather.

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If it means anything, there is a 'Linear Algebra' class and a 'Linear Algebra with Differential Equations' class that covers both topics for engineering and other science majors.

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I'd say taking two Math classes per semester is pretty standard. You should have no problems taking Linear Algebra and Discrete if you made it through Calc III before graduating high school.

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Logic, methods of proof and mathematical argument in mathematical analysis. Rigorous reconsideration of the real-number system, infinte series and of continuity, differentiation and integration for functions of one variable.

The emphasis is on improving the student's ability to understand and explain concepts in a logical and complete manner."

along with Linear Algebra? Any comments on the class (or similar one) would be nice. I know that 2nd semester I will be taking a (from what I've heard from some pretty smart people and the professor) rather difficult honors physics class so I don't want to overload myself with "Foundations of Analysis II" the 2nd semester, but I suppose I could figure it out then.

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real/complex analysis or calculus

linear algebra/algebra

topology

All with proofs

learn how to prove things if not already know

These subjects provide good background so it is worthwhile to learn these soon and less central subjects like number theory and geometry until a later time.

Also if any of your classes should be garbage be sure to self study the deficit.

Regarding Linear algebra be warned that many classes are useless in that they spend way too much time inverting operators and computing determinants. At some schools math majors have their own class, or start on Linear Algebra 2. Everyone says it (and unlike most things everyone says it is true) linear algebra is the most important math class. Some good books are

Lang

Shilov

Axler

Roman

Horn/Johnson

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