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November 17th, 2013, 07:01 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
I'm interested in better understanding math, and I love reading and trying to understand proofs(mainly because I am always in awe of people's ability to make logical leaps). I'd like to know if there is any particular order in which I should study math. I have heard that I should become comfortable with set theory and logic to have a strong foundation. Are there any other areas I should focus on first? Thanks 
November 18th, 2013, 02:46 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
There isn't a required sequence as such, though some fields do have natural prerequisites. What have you learned so far and what are you interested in learning?

November 20th, 2013, 12:21 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
Well, I've gone through highschool maths. I've been in multivariable calculus and differential equations classes in college. Though honestly I'd have to review most of those as it's been around 3 years since I took those. I'd just like to be better at understanding proofs, even though that may be a vague goal. I have very little experience with them, so I guess I'm looking for some type of introduction to proofs.

December 4th, 2013, 04:02 PM  #4 
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Bump

December 4th, 2013, 04:28 PM  #5 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
Calc 3, a review of Differential Equations, and a discrete math course (combinatorics, number theory, graph theory, etc.  whatever is offered) would be good next steps.

December 6th, 2013, 07:03 PM  #6 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
I will take your advice. Thanks!

February 8th, 2014, 05:14 PM  #7 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
I would like to thank you again for your advice. I'm in an intro to proofs course and I've been reading/proving pretty far ahead in the book. I'm going to see if I can finish the book in a couple weeks. Then I'm going to try my hand at an abstract algebra book and a real analysis book I bought for kindle. If I like those then you may have helped me decide to be a mathematician. :P

February 9th, 2014, 08:25 AM  #8 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: In what order should I learn math?(Math is daunting)
Glad to hear it! Math really is a lot of fun, at least when you get past the basics. 

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