# Do You Need Multivariable Calculus Before Linear Algebra - Distance Calculus

Short answer: No, you do not need to take Multivariable Calculus before you take Linear Algebra.You may take these course concurrently. They do not share any course material at all.

We recommend to students that they consider completing Multivariable Calculus first, then engaging Linear Algebra, but it is not at all necessary to complete these courses in that order. Many students find great success by taking both courses together, or taking Linear Algebra first, then completing Multivariable Calculus.

Some students appreciate the "cognitive break" that Linear Algebra provides from the study of calculus, and returing to Multivariable Calculus after completing Linear Algebra is sometimes a nice walk through the sophomore level subjects.

Here are some videos to explore our Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra courses.

## Linear Algebra Course Introduction

## Multivariable Course

## Calculus 2 Introduction

## Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

*Date Posted: Apr 30, 2020*

Review by: Hannah J.

Courses Completed: Probability Theory

Review: Probability Theory was a great course. Very very thorough. I thought it would never end :). I was very prepared for my coursework in economics. Excellent refereshher of derivatives and integrals - really forced me to remember that stuff from freshman cal.

Transferred Credits to: Boston University

*Date Posted: Jan 13, 2020*

Review by: Daniel Marasco

Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus

Review: This course was more affordable than many, and the flexible format was terrific for me, as I am inclined to work very diligently on tasks on my own. It could be dangerous for a person who requires external discipline more, but it works well for self-starters, allowing you to prioritize when you have other pressing work. I was a full time teacher adding a math certification, and this course allowed me to master the math while working around my teaching schedule and fitting work into moments here and there when I had time. I was able to transfer the credits to Montana State University, Bozeman for my teaching internship program without a hitch. The instructors were all very helpful and patient, even when I failed to see a ridiculously simple solution on one problem after 20 emails back and forth. Overall, I was more pleased with my experience in this class than I was with any of my other 9 courses.

Transferred Credits to: Montana State University, Bozeman

*Date Posted: Apr 6, 2020*

Review by: Paul Simmons

Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations

Review: I took Multivariable and Diff Eq during the summer. The DiffEq course was awesome - very useful for my physics and engineering course. I was unsure about Mathematica at first, but I got the hang of it quickly. Thank you Distance Calculus!

Transferred Credits to: University of Oregon

## Distance Calculus - Curriculum Exploration

### VC.03 - Gradient

- V3: VC.03 - Gradient:
- V3.1: VC.03 - Basics
- V3.1.a: VC.03.B1: The gradient and the chain rule
- V3.1.b: VC.03.B2: Level curves, level surfaces and the gradient as normal vector
- V3.1.c: VC.03.B3: The gradient points in the direction of greatest initial increase
- V3.1.d: VC.03.B4: Using linearizations to help to explain the chain rule
- V3.2: VC.03 - Tutorials
- V3.2.a: VC.03.T1: The total differential
- V3.2.b: VC.03.T2: What's the chain rule good for?
- V3.2.c: VC.03.T3: The gradient and maximization and minimization
- V3.2.d: VC.03.T4: Eye-balling a function for max-min
- V3.2.e: VC.03.T5: Data fit
- V3.2.f: VC.03.T6: Lagrange's method for constrained maximization and minimization
- V3.3: VC.03 - Give It a Try
- V3.3.a: VC.03.G1: The gradient points in the direction of greatest initial increase
- V3.3.b: VC.03.G2: The gradient is perpendicular to the level curves and surfaces
- V3.3.c: VC.03.G3: The heat seeker
- V3.3.d: VC.03.G4: Doing 'em by hand
- V3.3.e: VC.03.G5: The highest crests and the deepest dips
- V3.3.f: VC.03.G6: Closest points, gradients and Lagrange's method
- V3.3.g: VC.03.G7: The Cobb-Douglas manufacturing model for industrial engineering
- V3.3.h: VC.03.G8: Data Fit in two variables: Plucking a guitar string
- V3.3.i: VC.03.G9: Linearizations and total differentials
- V3.3.j: VC.03.G10: Keeping track of constituent costs
- V3.3.k: VC.03.G11: The great pretender
- V3.3.l: VC.01.G1-A: Another Help Movie
- V3.3.m: VC.01.G1-B: Another Help Movie
- V3.3.n: VC.01.G1-C: Yet Another Help Movie
- V3.3.o: VC.03.G2.c Hint
- V3.4: VC.03 - Literacy
- V3.5: VC.03 - Revisited
- V3.5.a: VC.03.B1 - Revisited
- V3.5.b: VC.03.B2 - Revisited
- V3.5.c: VC.03.B3 - Revisited
- V3.5.d: VC.03.T1 - Revisited
- V3.5.e: VC.03.T2 - Revisited
- V3.5.f: VC.03.T3 - Revisited
- V3.5.g: VC.03.T4 - Revisited
- V3.5.h: VC.03.T6 - Revisited
- V3.5.i: VC.03.G1.b.i - Revisited
- V3.5.j: VC.03.G1.d.i - Revisited
- V3.5.k: VC.03.G1.d.ii - Revisited
- V3.5.l: VC.03.G2.c - Revisited