Discrete Mathematics + Differential Equations - at the same time?

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I'm taking Disc. Math this semester as a CS major.

    However one of the optional classes I'm taking this semester was cancelled due to low enrollment, so I'm torn between just leaving it be and coasting as a part-time student, or add one more class to bring myself back to full-time status.

    One of the classes I'm considering is Diff. Eqs.

    Is it a good idea to take Disc. Math and Diff. Eqs at the same time?
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Why not? What are you concerned about?
     
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    I really enjoyed taking diff eq's (and partial diff eq's) even though I was taking difficult classes along with them. If you are familiar with the basics of linear algebra, you'll do great too!
     
  4. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

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    I can't remember if I took the 2 classes at the same time or not, although I think I did. You'll be ok, neither one is particularly hard.

    Differential equations picks up where that topic leaves off in calculus; you solve differential equations a bunch of different ways and are shown why it's great to know them.

    Discrete math is a different animal all together! You deal with logic and theory, so that's both interesting and possibly annoying. If you cover boolean logic in your class, that's great because you'll be seeing that again and again. :)

    Good luck!
     
  5. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    If you are good at logical & critical thinking, you'll love Disc. Math. It is challenging. Diff Equ. is like any other math based course. Gotta do the homework.

    Is taking them both a problem? Nop. I took Diff Equ and Multivariable Calculus and did just fine.
     
  7. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Can you do an elective like robotics or machine vision?
     
  8. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'm still in community college (going to graduate in December before transferring to a 4-year institution), so nothing as fancy as those are offered :)
     
  9. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Gotcha. Just make sure the math class will transfer as credit to the 4-year institution and will apply towards your degree there.
     
  10. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    It will transfer, but it doesn't apply to my degree (hence considering just coasting along this semester as a part-timer).

    In other words, yes, I'm considering taking Diff. Eqs. purely for fun.

    (Masochist? Maybe.)
     
  11. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Go for it! You've given no good arguments as to why you shouldn't.
     
  12. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    But if it still applies to general elective credits, you'll be good to go.

    Nothing wrong with that. It's the sort of thing that would be expected to be interesting to somebody with the sort of mind that finds computer science interesting.
     
  13. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    how to express that in a rational way?

    good on ya, i'm (smart, cheap) planning the same approach. time to roll the 7 transcripts or so into something worthy of throwing darts at. :)


    must say, bit disappointed after clicking in based on the OP title, thought maybe there was going to be a Time-dependent Schrödinger equation or something proving that the two could not only co-exist, but be solved at the exact same moment using only one answer.

    maybe it's just me and i should switch to decaf.
     

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