The calculus math classes, MA 1160 and MA 1161 (calc I), MA 2160 (calc II), and MA 3160 (multivariable calc), require that you enroll in corresponding recitation and lab sections. For example, if you are enrolling in R01 then you also will need to enroll in L01. R02 enrolls in L02, R03 enrolls in L03, etc. If you do not enroll in the corresponding recitation/lab sections then you will get a registration link error.
You have three options for linear algebra: MA 2320, MA 2321, and MA 2330.
You have four options for differential equations: MA 3520, MA 3521, MA 3530, and MA 3560.
If you plan to take linear algebra and differential equations in the same semester, then you must take the accelerated (7 week) versions of these classes: MA 2321 (2 cr) and MA 3521 (2 cr). MA 2321 is offered track A and MA 3521 is offered track B during the fall and spring semesters. The advantage with the accelerated classes is that they allow you to complete both classes in one semester. This is important if you plan to start junior CM classes in the next semester, as you must be done with all of your math to start taking junior CM classes. The disadvantage with the accelerated classes is that the course material comes very quickly, and for this reason we do not recommend the accelerated classes to students who have struggled with math classes in the past or who feel they need more time to grasp math concepts.
If you plan to take linear algebra and differential equations in different semesters, then you can take either MA 2320 (2 cr) or MA 2330 (3 cr) in the first semester and then either MA 3520 (2 cr) or MA 3530 (3 cr, fall semester) or MA 3560 (3 cr, spring semester) in the second semester. There is additional course material in the three credit versions. You may read the course descriptions by clicking on the CRN when doing a class search in Banweb or searching for course descriptions on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
If you have struggled in your previous math classes then we recommend the semester long, two credit classes (MA 2320 and MA 3520).
If you are interested in a math minor and/or pursuing an engineering graduate degree then we recommend the semester long, three credit classes (MA 2330 and MA 3530/3560). The extra credits from the three credit math classes can be used towards your technical electives or free electives. See the ChE advisor for more information on applying these additional credit towards either of these areas of your degree audit.
Why can’t I register for Linear Algebra/Differential Equations? I keep getting a registration error.Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Make sure that you are enrolling in the correct course.
There are two courses named “Elementary Linear Algebra”:
- MA 2320 Elementary Linear Algebra (2 cr – 14 week semester long course)
- MA 2321 Elementary Linear Algebra (2 cr – 7 week accelerated course, track A)
There are also two courses named “Elementary Differential Equations”:
- MA 3520 Elementary Differential Equations (2 cr – 14 week semester long course)
- MA 3521 Elementary Differential Equations (2 cr – 7 week accelerated course, track B)
If you plan to take both linear algebra and differential equations in the same semester, then you must enroll in MA 2321 and MA 3521. These courses are co-requisites.
If you only want or need to take one of these classes, then you must enroll in the semester long version of the class, either MA 2320 or MA 3520.
The first year of graduate school in chemical engineering typically involves taking advanced courses in transport, thermodynamics, kinetics, and mathematics (partial differential equations). It may also involve specialty courses specific to your area of chosen specialization. Anything that makes those required courses easier is a good idea. I feel that at Michigan Tech we do not go far enough in transport, so I recommend that you take the graduate transport class (CM5300 Advanced Transport Phenomena I, 3 credits, Spring, prereq=CM5100) or Polymer Rheology (CM4650, 3 credits), either of which will introduce you to the use of tensors in mathematical analysis. After that I recommend taking our graduate math class (CM5100 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers I, 3 credits, Fall) or any advanced mathematics course that interests you (some examples might be MA (more…)