because I want to talk about math and find mathematically inclined people. I’m more interested in talking about different kinds of math you like as opposed to this being a homework thread.

I’ll start. I like Linear Algebra, real analysis, and complex variables. Abstract’s alright. Topology is something I need to learn. Number theory is interesting.

I dunno. Topology just seems different, but in a good way. Well, ok, at the very least, I 'd like to learn enough to help me out with simplifying certain proofs in analysis.
I’m open to the idea of learning number theory. It seems fun for its own sake… that is, you do number theory for the sake of number theory.

I always hated those mixture problems. Once we got to different types of equations to solve, the class got better.
I’m still not too keen on Laplace transforms though :lol: Guess I’ll have to brush up on them

I love math. I just hate how I haven’t used it in awhile and forgot a lot of shit and now I suck at it. =/ What are some good books to pick up to learn some really good math stuff? I want to learn as much math as I can.

Er, without sounding like an ass … linear algebra is that very class… I suppose you can look for precalculus books that have a chapter or two on vectors and matrices though.

Partial differential equations was mad boring, back when I had math at college there were a bunch of concepts and theories and then the rest can be basically summed up as a ridiculously inflated amount of practice. You can write software that, with the appropriate pattern/case recognition, can do just about everything given the problem translation.

Whoever was in charge of setting up the course at my school thought that your normal sophomore-level linear algebra class was too easy. His solution was to use a graduate text and teach it as an ostensibly junior-level course.

The book we used didn’t actually have anything about matrix math. The “intro” chapter pretty much starts out with “hey, remember vectors? Fuckin’ rad, here’s a field and a system of equations, prove that it’s a vector space.”

lol, I still need a lot of work. I never got into pre-calc because I was a dumb-ass in high school and I always fucked around. And reading this thread. looks like there is a lot to learn for me, as I do not recognize some of the stuff you guys are saying.

Wow that sucks. If you were lucky, maybe you got a subspace of an already known vector space. Then all you have to prove is that its closed under addition and scalar multiplication. I imagine that the class wasnt too pleased with the text…

LOL. You’re fucked. Start making friends with the TA and do what you would do to improve at street fighter: watch lots of videos and practice, practice, practice. Or that test is going to rush you the fuck down before you can build any meter and it’s GGPO.

I think taking classes are your best bet. They’ll keep you motivated because of your peers and you’ll have an opportunity to practice, practice, practice.