Trouble in Discrete math will it affect my graduate school opportunities?

1. Jun 28, 2012

Hercuflea

Hello everyone,

I'm a first time poster and I just want to say this forum is great. Every time I have a question Physics Forums is the first site to answer it.

So lately I have been really struggling in my Discrete Mathematics I course at my university. This is one of the few times in college (127 credit hours - 3.8 GPA) that I have had trouble in a class because I legitimately did not understand it. The thing that is giving me the most trouble is, predictably, Proofs by Induction. It doesn't help that I have absolutely no idea what kind of problem my professor will throw at me on the quizzes or test. Today I failed a quiz because my mind just went absolutely blank on an induction proof.

One of the proof that stumped me went something like this:

Prove by math induction that P(n): 1+4+7+...+(3n-2) = (n(3n+1))/2

Anyways, I am worried that I may get a B or even a C in this class, and I really want to be accepted into a Master's or Ph. D. program in nuclear engineering (preferably Ga Tech, maybe UMich-Ann Arbor). If worst comes to worst would I still have a chance at being accepted into a good PhD program in that field? I have made nearly perfect 100's in my Calc 1-3, chemistry, and Linear algebra, and I am doing satisfactory in differential equations.

Thanks

2. Jun 28, 2012

Hercuflea

Sorry, I forgot to add that I am a Math major - my school does not offer any physics or engineering degree programs, and I recently switched from Economics, so math was the best option for me.

3. Jul 5, 2012

Hercuflea

bump - an answer would be nice

and an update: I just got another 78 on a quiz on basic counting principles (pigeonhole, etc) I seriously thought I had a perfect 100 on it when I walked out of there. Now I feel like sh**

4. Jul 5, 2012

xdrgnh

I highly doubt it because discrete math isn't used in Nuclear engineering.

5. Jul 5, 2012

Hercuflea

Thanks, I just hate to think about what it might do to my gpa

6. Jul 6, 2012