Ok, so I finished my first week of undergrad this Friday. Going into the math faculty here, my original goal was to major in either pure math or applied math (with focuses on physics). Like a lot of aspiring undergrads on these message boards, I'd like to continue on into grad school and study either math or physics, and eventually work in math and physics related fields (though maybe I'm looking too far ahead into the future)(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

My university offers enriched versions of the regular math classes for the top students in the math faculty that involve a lot more rigorous proof work. Though I feel that I can follow along with most of the lectures in class, and definitely do find them interesting, the difficulty of the first assignment is making me nervous. I basically spent this entire weekend working on this one algebra assignment, completely ignoring my other four courses, and I still don't think that I'll do very well on it, especially considering the amount of effort I've put into it. Judging by what the professor has mentioned before in lectures, the difficulty of future assignments and exams will be comparable to this assignment, if not more difficult. What really worries me, is that there are other students in my class, who aren't even considering majoring in pure math, who seem like they are completely familiar with the material (from past experiences with math contests).

I am starting to doubt whether or not I actually belong in the enriched classes, and with those doubts, I'm starting to wonder if I belong in a math program at all!

I guess this entire long and meandering rant is pretty much building up to the question of what applied math is like (since these advanced courses were supposed to give me a taste of what pure math majors generally do). If I am running into problems proving the characteristics of integers, divisibility, etc, is that indicative of how much difficulty I'm going to run into in applied math and physics?

Maybe I should consider going into another discipline like engineering or a science program.

Thanks

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