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**informal**poll.

We have finished the C++, Calculus, part of Probability and soon Linear algebra. From what I have seen so far, these courses are invaluable, worth the money and highly recommended for anyone entering the program.

Your background may be different and you may find the courses non-essential. I'd like to know your feed back on each course.

**C++:**I only took two C++ courses undergrad, programming on and off, nothing professionally. I did get around to learn a bit of Java, perl, python. The refresher proves to be important to me because I now relearn things I forgot and got my skills up to date.

**Calculus:**As everyone else, I took Cal 1,2,3 undergrad many moons ago. The calculus part of the refresher is a not a big deal but the financial application is very helpful. I get some idea of what I'll be studying in Financial instrument course. And a chance to apply the C++ skills to do the bond pricing, zero rate interest.

**Probability:**this is a difficult course and there is no way to avoid it. If you take it in the Fall, it's wise to take the refresher as well. This is a strictly theoretical course and you should spend lot of time doing homework.

**Linear algebra:**not yet taken but from what I heard, this is a very good class by Prof. Stefanica. The notes are very well prepared and the materials are of essentials to the Numerical Linear Algebra course.

In all, I would give each course 5 starts in term of its importance and usefulness. I would take all of them AGAIN if I can.