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 +==== Goals for course ====
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 +1. Exact Analytical Solutions 
 +  *Works for a small class of toy problems ("spherical cow" problems)
 +  *Beautiful insights into how a class of systems will behave. 
 +  *The mathematical concepts are often transferable to other problems (don't have to reinvent the wheel again and again).
 +  *Gives us guidance for our numerical techniques and estimation techniques.
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 +2. Numerical techniques
 +  *Works for real world problems 
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 +3. "Street-fighting math"
 +  *Sanity checks before and after calculations/experiments/simulations
 +  *Used extensively during scientific discussions, writing proposals, analyzing data etc.
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 +When you are fluent in all three realms:
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