i had a really cool physics degree program that told me Linear Algebra was not required. so anyway i took it first on a whim. then a year later saw it in a mechanics class where it was absolutely crucial to passing the course. now i'm formally learning the method i already had to master how to use linear algebra for differential equations


Step 1. introduction to mathematical tool

Step 2. Application of tool that requires mastery

Step 3. Formal theory of how tool is applied to step 2

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this seems like a smart and normal way to structure a degree

@D_Blakely Yikes, that doesn't sound like a good setup. I had a similar situation in my undergrad where I was learning electricity and magnetism. Knowing vector calculus makes this topic much more understandable, but my calculus class wasn't getting to vector calc until later in the semester.

So I learned vector calc two different ways in two different classes. The physics course was Step 2, and the math course was Step 3, a few months later.

At least everything made sense before final exams

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