rob59404

05-17-2009, 06:22 PM

Hello everyone, I have another class conflict similar to the one I asked about two weeks ago http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/115505-class-question.html (http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/115505-class-question.html). I can either take graduate micro or undergraduate analysis which has this course description from our catalogue:

UG 451 Introduction to Real Analysis 4 cr. Offered autumn odd–numbered years. Prereq., MATH 251, 305. Theory of metric spaces and point set topology, Riemann–Stieltjes integral, sequences and series of functions. Stone–Weierstrass theorem, theorem of Arzela–Ascoli, introduction to Lebesgue integration.

The micro course is pretty standard. I think the professor uses either Varian's or Nicholson's graduate theory text. I am also taking probability, diff eq, and an applied stats course, so I am a little reluctant to add another math course, but I think I could handle it. Another thing to consider is the intelligence of my class mates. The RA class has only four people registered for it, all of whom are math majors with more experience than me. The econ class will have kids who don't know what the chain rule is, so it will be easier to stand out. Finally, the RA class suggests taking an intro to proofs course, which I haven't taken. I have some limited exposure to proofs from linear algebra and a logic course through the philosophy department. I reason however, that I can self study an introductory abstract math text and pick up the main themes. So that is my story. All advice is appreciated.

UG 451 Introduction to Real Analysis 4 cr. Offered autumn odd–numbered years. Prereq., MATH 251, 305. Theory of metric spaces and point set topology, Riemann–Stieltjes integral, sequences and series of functions. Stone–Weierstrass theorem, theorem of Arzela–Ascoli, introduction to Lebesgue integration.

The micro course is pretty standard. I think the professor uses either Varian's or Nicholson's graduate theory text. I am also taking probability, diff eq, and an applied stats course, so I am a little reluctant to add another math course, but I think I could handle it. Another thing to consider is the intelligence of my class mates. The RA class has only four people registered for it, all of whom are math majors with more experience than me. The econ class will have kids who don't know what the chain rule is, so it will be easier to stand out. Finally, the RA class suggests taking an intro to proofs course, which I haven't taken. I have some limited exposure to proofs from linear algebra and a logic course through the philosophy department. I reason however, that I can self study an introductory abstract math text and pick up the main themes. So that is my story. All advice is appreciated.