MTH 3 Almost Linear Structures-Models for Physical Science.

The goal is to extend the derivative and anti-derivative ideas from Calculus I and II by building on the linear function concept from MTH 222. Scientists use linear functions to model the economy, atomic structure, chemical reactions, and other phenomena. MTH 252 develops the derivative of a multivariable function as an approximating linear function, just as the graph of a function of one variable looks like a line segment near a point where the derivative exists. This allows the extension of important optimization techniques to multivariable functions. MTH 347 uses all available tools to generalize and solve antiderivative problems crucial to science. This sequence combines theory and practice and is the traditional path to upper division mathematics. MTH 222 and 252 may be taken in either order or concurrently.

Prerequisite: Calculus I (MPF) and Calculus II.

1. MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3), or
MTH 222T/331T Introduction to Linear Algebra/Discrete Mathematics (Honors) (3); and

2. MTH 252 Calculus III (4); and

3. MTH 347 Differential Equations (3)

Note: Not open to majors in Mathematics and Statistics.

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