this seems like a smart and normal way to structure a degree
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
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
In times like this, it's more clear than ever that it doesn't really add anything to the world in a meaningful, positive way
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