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B in Diff Eq Honors or A in Non-Honors?

  1. Jan 23, 2013 #1
    Should I take Diff Eq honors which goes deeper and broader into the material and obviously has harder test problems and risk getting a B or C or take regular where I will probably get an A?

    What sucks is given enough time I can eventually figure out the hard honors problems but since tests have time constraints, I usually run out of time. My problem is I work too slow, not that I don't know the material.


    Edit: My goal is a math PhD program, and I hear math GPA is the most important thing for admission so...
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
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  3. Jan 23, 2013 #2


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    If you know you you will get an A, take that course and go deeper and broader on your own. If your goal is to get a math phd, you shouldnt need any motivation other than curiosity.

    Of course one could argue you certainly dont know you will get an A.
  4. Jan 24, 2013 #3
    Any more advice? I need to decide ASAP!

    Another reason why I'm wary about taking honors is because I've already taken Diff Eq once (long ago in a 5-week summer session where I didn't learn anything) and made a B, so if I take it again and make a B or a C, I feel like it will look horrible even if it is in honors.

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