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QUESTION: Which would be a better choice for a Combinatorics and Optimization major--PMATH 336 (Introduction to Group Theory with Applications) or PMATH 347 (Groups and Rings)?

From what I can tell, 336 is a prerequisite for certain CO courses and 347 isn't a prerequisite for any. Still, any arguments either way that I'm missing?

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  1. Groups come up a LOT in CO courses, but either will do. PMATH 336 is designed for non-pure math majors and is less proof-based. Your assignments, midterm, and final will have questions that are largely computational/algorithmic/not proofs. PMATH 347 is designed for pure math majors. It is proofs. It also covers more content (i.e. rings).

    In short, either will do. If you are a pure math kind of person who loves proofs, take 347. If not, take 336.

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    1. Alright, thanks for your help!

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  2. I'd recomment 347. It's more in keeping with what you can expect from upper-year C&O courses, unless you're going to try to stick to mostly easy optimization courses.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! I'm not sure yet whether I want to focus more on combinatorics or on optimization, but I'll keep this in mind.

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