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I'm currently in year 12 at college doing further maths. So we're about 3 weeks away from finishing c4. I'm looking into studying maths at uni as I really enjoy all the theory and also its applications.
I was looking around the internet for extra material to learn (as the pace we're going at in college feels very slow) and I found the MIT open course.
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/#
I was just wondering which courses anybody would recommend as interesting, and able to understand with just knowledge of a level maths. (Also FYI I have a basic knowledge of linear algebra, is this worth pursuing?)

Thanks for taking the time to read my post!
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(Original post by mpaterson)
Hi

I'm currently in year 12 at college doing further maths. So we're about 3 weeks away from finishing c4. I'm looking into studying maths at uni as I really enjoy all the theory and also its applications.
I was looking around the internet for extra material to learn (as the pace we're going at in college feels very slow) and I found the MIT open course.
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/#
I was just wondering which courses anybody would recommend as interesting, and able to understand with just knowledge of a level maths. (Also FYI I have a basic knowledge of linear algebra, is this worth pursuing?)

Thanks for taking the time to read my post!
Go do the linear algebra course to give you an advantage when you start uni; though you don't really need to.
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Linear algebra, differential equations, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism.
Those are some suggestions, but study anything that looks interesting.

If you're going to learn linear algebra and differential equations this year, you may as well take the later further pure modules next year as this will prove to unis that you are capable in these areas.
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Thanks, do you think any of these would give me an advantage when applying to uni or even something to chat about during the interview?
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It would definitely give you something to chat about in an interview!

I've only just done linear algebra in my 2nd year of uni, and it was found quite challenging to get the grasp of by most of the people on my course. So if you can manage the material on the MIT website then great, but don't feel too disheartened if you find it gets difficult quickly.

What topics in a level maths have you found the most interesting?

I'd recommend this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Concise-Intr.../dp/1439835985
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Ooh thanks for the recommendation.

I particularly enjoy optimization, and also use of maths in finance. Noticed the quantative finance lectures on the MIT website, do you think they'd be too advanced?
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