What is Applied math: Definition and 154 Discussions

Applied mathematics is the application of mathematical methods by different fields such as physics, engineering, medicine, biology, finance, business, computer science, and industry. Thus, applied mathematics is a combination of mathematical science and specialized knowledge. The term "applied mathematics" also describes the professional specialty in which mathematicians work on practical problems by formulating and studying mathematical models.
In the past, practical applications have motivated the development of mathematical theories, which then became the subject of study in pure mathematics where abstract concepts are studied for their own sake. The activity of applied mathematics is thus intimately connected with research in pure mathematics.

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    Math Applied math work opportunities for high school students?

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  2. Ian_at_YorkU

    Math Applied math with physics or applied math with comp sci?

    I'm currently pursuing B.Sc degree with major applied math and minor physics. Do you guys think is it worth to switch to comp sci as my minor in terms of employability?
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    Courses Preparation for an applied math career

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  5. octopus26

    Admissions Bachelors in physics to masters in applied math

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  6. obstinatus

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    Math Switching from Electrical Engineering to Theoretical Physics

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  8. Captain Kneecaps

    Programs Pure maths or applied maths as a second major to physics

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  9. ryl3gol

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    Programs Experimental physics, applied math, or both?

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  11. pahizix

    Admissions Do I have a strong enough profile for applied math grad school?

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  12. astroman707

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  13. Oats

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  14. W

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  15. gibberingmouther

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  16. Tjcarney

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  17. FallenApple

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    Programs Degree in Biostatistics vs applied Math

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    Programs Should I double major in Applied Math and Physics?

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    Schools What is the best grad school for me? Applied math....

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  21. Skyline-7

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  22. Ericamathstats

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  23. txr534

    Schools Applied Math or Physics graduate school?

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  24. TLeit

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  27. S

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  29. Leonarte

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  30. EternusVia

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    I Can You Define Pure vs. Applied Math?

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  32. O

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    What can be different options for a MS in applied Math ?

    Where all can I apply to pursue a MS in applied Math after acquiring a BS in Math as I am not interested in doing a PhD.
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    Applied Math or Theoretical Physics?

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  35. S

    Programs Applied math major classes to take

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  36. C

    After BSc Physics? (Master of applied math, CS, engineering)

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  37. T

    Junior as Applied Math Major/CS Minor needs career guidance

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  38. M

    Scientific Computing vs Applied Math at UMN

    I'm graduating this year with a B.S in Computational Physics (the difference is the second semester upper division physics courses aren't required, and are replaced with a year of numerical analysis and a CS minor. But I took the 2nd semester physics back when I was a physics major anyways) and...
  39. Rya26

    Undergrad Applied Math + Computer Science or Computing

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  40. S

    MHB How Far Does a Bouncing Ball Travel Before Stopping?

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    Schools Graduate school in applied math, physics, or engineering?

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  42. P

    Schools Applied Math Graduate School Selection

    I am applying for graduate school for applied math or engineering science. I am in a normal big ten school. I am in BS math and BA chemistry. I have a rather high gpa 3.9. Till now, I have taken 9 high level math courses, only one get A-, others are A, and 5 high level chemistry courses, only...
  43. Hercuflea

    Schools Brown University Math vs. Applied Math

    Anyone know which department has a higher acceptance rate for PhD's? Or if they are pooled into one applicant pool?
  44. M

    Calculating magnitude of total force (N)

    Homework Statement You are given 3 charges (q1,q2,q3) q1 has a magnitude (charge) of 7, q2 has a magnitude (charge) of -5, q3 has a magnitude (charge) of 3. q1 has 2d co ordinates (3, 4), q2 has a 2d co ordinates (5, 9), q3 has a 2d co ordinates (7, 8). For q1, q2 and q3 calculate the total...
  45. M

    Is Majoring in Applied Math and Physics Worth Pursuing?

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  46. M

    Magnitude, 2D co-ordinates and Coulomb's Law

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  47. L

    Computer Science vs. Applied Math?

    Hi, I'm currently a computer science student in my third year. I'm thinking about switching to applied math since I've ended up more interested in math, but I'm not sure whether this will limit my opportunities in the software industry. I've taken almost all of the computer science classes for...
  48. S

    Should I Pursue a PhD in Physics or Switch to Applied Math?

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  49. N

    Programs Incoming Applied Math Major- Advice

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  50. thankz

    What Books Do I Need for a BS in Applied Math?

    :confused: I think I finally got all my books that I need to learn the equivalent of a bs in applied math, please tell me what I'm missing. algebra 1 algebra 2 geometry trigonometry pre calc calc 1 calc 2 calc 3 analytic geometry probability stat 1 stat 2 differential equations linear algebra...