The way math is used in physics vs. pure math

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Is it just me, or does it seem much different when doing math in a pure math class vs doing the same type of math in a physics class? The way things are done seem different to me..I can't pinpoint exactly what it is but it just doesn't seem like the same thing.
 

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The attitude is different - in pure math it is the math itself that is being studied while in physics the math is a tool for studying physics.
 

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