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Math for grad school

  1. May 1, 2010 #1
    I'm an undergrad chemical engineer. I may switch to chemistry or materials science/engineering. I've taken abstract algebra, which sucked a lot. I should have taken the other professor's section.

    Anyways, I hate proofs. I'm wondering if I should continue math with real analysis. I heard that some people in grad school have to take undergrad math courses because they needed it, but haven't taken them in college. I don't think I will be needing anymore theoretical math, since I hate proofs and I don't need them for research in engineering.

    On the other hand, I LOVE applied math. The things you can do with matrices are very interesting to me.

    Can I have some suggestions
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  3. May 2, 2010 #2
    Some important topics I think are

    Partial Differential Equations
    Vector Calculus
    Multiple Integrals
    Fourier Series/ Transforms
    Matrices/ Eigenvectors/ Eigenfunctions/ Eigenvalues

    This is just some of the mathematics that I have covered in my physics degree to date.

    Real analysis does include some topics like Hilbert Spaces, which I have come accross. But it seems to cover convergence and limits of sequences and things like that. I reckon there are better mathematics courses you could take.
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