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    I'm going to Durham to study maths in October, grades permitting, and I'm taking further maths at the minute. Does anyone reckon it's worth self teaching myself D1 and possibly D2 over summer? Don't know how useful they'll be at uni

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    I'm going to Durham to study maths in October, grades permitting, and I'm taking further maths at the minute. Does anyone reckon it's worth self teaching myself D1 and possibly D2 over summer? Don't know how useful they'll be at uni

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    To be honest I really don't think it's worth teaching yourself D1 for university. They don't really compare to pure/mechanics modules though they are admittedly interesting and useful. Any discrete modules at university are likely to be much more rigorous.
    Don't be discouraged from doing some summer reading though, from what I understand learning some elementary analysis wouldn't be a bad idea.
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    I'm going to Durham to study maths in October, grades permitting, and I'm taking further maths at the minute. Does anyone reckon it's worth self teaching myself D1 and possibly D2 over summer? Don't know how useful they'll be at uni

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    I totally do not recommend studying D1, its useless as its the very basics and is totally boring (quite logical), if you do want to, just get some notes of D1 of the internet and study them, its useless studying D1 in-depth from a textbook. Because D1 can be covered in condensed notes on 2 A4 pages.

    D2, I would recommend, as more algebra is involved, and more algorithms, etc.

    Generally, I would say doing Decision math is pointless if you do further math, because doing further math- you've seen all matrices, complex numbers, multi-variable calculus, and then doing decision math so suddenly is like taking back a step, and going back to the very basics, - and u don't want to do this.
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    cheers guys - I'll just look around t'internet for some decision stuff

    What kind of things do you recommend for elementary analysis - I don't really know what this is, unless I do but not by that name?
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    cheers guys - I'll just look around t'internet for some decision stuff

    What kind of things do you recommend for elementary analysis - I don't really know what this is, unless I do but not by that name?
    I don't know any analysis yet myself but from what I understand it's basically pure mathematics built more rigorously from the axioms up, with a focus on limits. Perhaps some of the university mathematicians can give a better definition. It is supposed to be one of the harder first year modules though.

    A good website is http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/~wchen/ln.html
    Obviously though it might be worth getting the recommended text for one or two of your university modules early if you're that way inclined.
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    I'm going to Durham to study maths in October, grades permitting, and I'm taking further maths at the minute. Does anyone reckon it's worth self teaching myself D1 and possibly D2 over summer? Don't know how useful they'll be at uni

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    You could teach yourself both to find out the content (so that you can talk turkey to fellow students who've done these!)...

    ... but, perhaps more importantly, if you've never taught yourself a module, to see what it's like!

    Lots of us (inc. Gaz and me) have taught ourselves M/FM modules. It's an interesting experience.

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    You could teach yourself both to find out the content (so that you can talk turkey to fellow students who've done these!)...

    ... but, perhaps more importantly, if you've never taught yourself a module, to see what it's like!

    Lots of us (inc. Gaz and me) have taught ourselves M/FM modules. It's an interesting experience.

    Aitch
    It occurs to me that a cursory study of D2 would enable you to give (with some authority) your opinion to people who tell you that balancing undergraduate grants and research fellowships is a zero-sum game...

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