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    Dear all,

    As the title suggests I'm thinking of applying for a MSc with a 2.2 BSc (achieved July 2014).

    I know there are a lot of threads regarding the whole masters with a 2.2 question, but more specifically, how useful do you think doing a standalone MSc module would be with regards to applications?

    In particular I'm going to do Calculus of Variations on the OU in October, with the hope of starting a full MSc in September 2016.

    Thanks for any thoughts and advice.

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    (Original post by Chemhistorian)
    Dear all,

    As the title suggests I'm thinking of applying for a MSc with a 2.2 BSc (achieved July 2014).

    I know there are a lot of threads regarding the whole masters with a 2.2 question, but more specifically, how useful do you think doing a standalone MSc module would be with regards to applications?

    In particular I'm going to do Calculus of Variations on the OU in October, with the hope of starting a full MSc in September 2016.

    Thanks for any thoughts and advice.

    I can't advise you on whether it will help with your application for an MSc but the module your thinking about is certainly worthwhile for its own sake. The course notes are here. If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
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    I can't advise you on whether it will help with your application for an MSc but the module your thinking about is certainly worthwhile for its own sake. The course notes are here. If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
    Thanks a lot ;D

    Do you think it would e necessary/worthwhile to run through an elementary analysis course? I never did it as an undergraduate.

    Thanks again
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    (Original post by Chemhistorian)
    Thanks a lot ;D

    Do you think it would e necessary/worthwhile to run through an elementary analysis course? I never did it as an undergraduate.

    Thanks again
    Perhaps not essential to succeed with the module but certainly worthwhile if you've never done it.

    What the module does have a lot of is partial differentiation, differential equations and Taylor series.
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    (Original post by BuryMathsTutor)
    Perhaps not essential to succeed with the module but certainly worthwhile if you've never done it.

    What the module does have a lot of is partial differentiation, differential equations and Taylor series.
    Ah Ok, all of that is covered in first year calculus so there's no problem there. I've got some online analysis notes, I suppose for now I'll just refer to them when necessary.

    A question on the notation used:

    They seem to write  \int{dxf(x)}

    instead of

     \int{f(x)dx}

    Is there any reason for this? I've never seen an integral written this way before.

    I know that both notations mean exactly the same thing, I'm just wondering why they're using this notation?
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    Ah Ok, all of that is covered in first year calculus so there's no problem there. I've got some online analysis notes, I suppose for now I'll just refer to them when necessary.

    A question on the notation used:

    They seem to write  \int{dxf(x)}

    instead of

     \int{f(x)dx}

    Is there any reason for this? I've never seen an integral written this way before.

    I know that both notations mean exactly the same thing, I'm just wondering why they're using this notation?
    I think it's just the author's preference but perhaps there's more to it than that?
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    (Original post by Chemhistorian)
    Ah Ok, all of that is covered in first year calculus so there's no problem there. I've got some online analysis notes, I suppose for now I'll just refer to them when necessary.

    A question on the notation used:

    They seem to write  \int{dxf(x)}

    instead of

     \int{f(x)dx}

    Is there any reason for this? I've never seen an integral written this way before.

    I know that both notations mean exactly the same thing, I'm just wondering why they're using this notation?
    See here. Seems like it's more common in physics.
 
 
 
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