I just took Calculus 3 last semester at my University and got comfortable with the idea of vectors, vector-valued functions, and basic vector operations like the dot and cross products.
This semester, I'm taking Differential Equations and we seem to be throwing around the terms "vector" and "matrix" as if they're interchangeable, especially now that we're studying systems of first-order differential equations. Additionally, there's mention of "vector spaces" which haven't been clearly explained to me.
The last time I dealt with matrices was in Algebra II in the 9th grade about 4 years ago, so there's quite a disconnect here. I feel like if I had taken Linear Algebra, this course would have been easier since my professor keeps saying "if you've taken Linear Algebra, then this should be familiar to you" which isn't exactly helpful.
Can anyone help me bridge these gaps in my understanding?