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Applied Mathematics

  1. Mar 31, 2009 #1

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    What are different areas of study in Applied Mathematics?

    That's what I'm planning to do in college but I'm trying to figure out which area I'm going to focus on.
     
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  3. Mar 31, 2009 #2
    The field is huge. A few of the bigger subdisciplines include

    Numerical Analysis
    PDE
    Optimization
    Network Theory
    Applied Probability
     
  4. Mar 31, 2009 #3

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    I see. Which is the more popular one?
     
  5. Apr 1, 2009 #4
    dont worry about specalizing until you have taken the standard maths for beginning undergraduates (various calc classes, linear algebra, etc)
     
  6. Apr 1, 2009 #5

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    I already took those classes in a nearby junior college.

    so when I hit the university after high school i'd probably be jumping in right into the major requirements.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2009 #6

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    Also, which specialization offers more opportunities outside research?
     
  8. Apr 1, 2009 #7
    Each of these areas is huge in both academic research and industry application. For many positions a masters or phd is necessary, so you may not want to specialize until late undergrad or graduate school, should you decide to do that.

    I would recommend studying real analysis and numerical linear algebra next.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2009 #8

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    I heard real analysis is a hardcore math class. But I'm looking into getting a book and self-studying while I'm still not in college.

    Meanwhile, "numerical" linear algebra? What's the difference between regular linear algebra and numerical linear algebra? I already took the linear algebra course offered in the community college so I'm just wondering...

    EDIT: Nevermind about the numerical linear alg. question. I did a search on google and found the difference.

    What are good institutions/universities for applied mathematics? both undergrad and grad.
     
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  10. Apr 1, 2009 #9
    Check out Gilbert Strang's linear algebra video lectures (first lecture here) at the MIT OCW site online. It's not numerical linear algebra, but it is probably a more advanced level than you have already seen, and probably a prequisite for understanding numerical linear algebra. Plus the lectures are great. If you already know linear algebra at that level, then I recomment picking up Numerical Linear Algebra by Trefethen and Bau,
    http://www.comlab.ox.ac.uk/nick.trefethen/text.html [Broken]
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2009 #10

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    What are good institutions/universities for applied mathematics? both undergrad and grad.
     
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