mike99

07-31-2007, 03:09 AM

I'm going to UC Riverside, not that highly ranked but as far as I can tell its pretty rigorous. I've always been a lot more comfortable with words and diagrams than math equations (GRE: 780 verbal, 730 math), so I'm not extremely confident in my mathematical ability.

I thought the math in undergrad economics courses was really easy. Before majoring in economics, I was in aerospace engineering, and I took a few math classes - multivariable calculus (B), and differential equations (A) were the highest ones. I took an intermediate linear algebra course this summer and got an A+. But when I took advanced calculus my last undergrad semester I had a hard time and ended up withdrawing from the course. I could have put more work into it than I did, but should I be concerned that I didn't grasp it easily? I mean I understand most of the basics, but a full, competent understanding eluded me.

I've also been studying Simon and Blume this summer, and I got about halfway through fine, but now I'm getting lost in the optimization section.

I have about one month before the beginning of math camp, and lots of free time. My plan is to continue S+B, start "A first course in optimization theory" by Sundaram, and try to get through a more advanced linear algebra book.

Am I going to have an unusually hard time in my first year with this preparation? Any suggestions on how I should prepare the coming month?

I thought the math in undergrad economics courses was really easy. Before majoring in economics, I was in aerospace engineering, and I took a few math classes - multivariable calculus (B), and differential equations (A) were the highest ones. I took an intermediate linear algebra course this summer and got an A+. But when I took advanced calculus my last undergrad semester I had a hard time and ended up withdrawing from the course. I could have put more work into it than I did, but should I be concerned that I didn't grasp it easily? I mean I understand most of the basics, but a full, competent understanding eluded me.

I've also been studying Simon and Blume this summer, and I got about halfway through fine, but now I'm getting lost in the optimization section.

I have about one month before the beginning of math camp, and lots of free time. My plan is to continue S+B, start "A first course in optimization theory" by Sundaram, and try to get through a more advanced linear algebra book.

Am I going to have an unusually hard time in my first year with this preparation? Any suggestions on how I should prepare the coming month?