Dear Forum: I am a senior chemistry major that has the typical science/engineering background in math - 2 quarters of single variable calculus, 2 quarters of multivariable calculus and vector analysis, 1 quarter of linear algebra and 1 quarter of differential equations. I am currently taking a mathematical physics class. The reason I am taking this class is because I would like to go for a MS in Physics, in the area of experimental condensed matter physics. The first homework (Boas chapter 11, special functions) was nearly impossible because it had several problems that involved classical mechanics, which I hadn't taken. If it wasn't for having another book and 8 hours to spend, I would have been unable to complete the 2nd problem of the first homework. The rest of the class will be on solving important PDEs (Laplace, diffusion, schrodinger, wave, poisson equations) using chapters 8, 12 and 13 of Boas book. My question is 2 fold: Does this class get easier as time goes on? Will there be more things from physics classes I haven't taken yet? Secondly, if I drop this class, will it significantly reduce my chances of being accepted to a MS program in Physics? Thank you for your time.