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I'm currently a pure math major, though I'm leaning towards going to grad school for applied math, specifically dynamical systems and climate modeling. This semester, upper division abstract algebra and upper division classical mechanics are only offered in the same time-slot. I know abstract algebra isn't *that* important for applied mathematicians, but it's still very fundamental material that every mathematician should have familiarity with.

Which of these courses should take priority? I can make a case for both: the case for mechanics is that it's very basic physics and highly applicable to dynamical systems. The case for abstract is that it's also very basic, but for math in general, and also since I just took linear algebra and it's the natural sequel to that course.

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# Abstract algebra vs. upper division mechanics for applied math: can only take one

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