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hanson

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I am a mechanical engineering student, in the final year, and am planning to go for graduate study.

I am a bit confused about what to do for graduate study.

Indeed, I was attracted to mechanical engineering because of the theoretical stuff it contains like heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics etc.

I am comfortable with the differential equations in these subjects, but I am a bit scared towards the mechanical design projcets and manufacturing etc. I am crappy in doing experiements though I could sometimes made good lab reports.

So, I am considering whether I should do a mechanical engineering PhD or switch to another program. Currently, applied mathematics seems to be a good choice to me. No experiments (I mean those tangible machineries), theoretical, and versatile in virtually all disciplines.

But I still hold doubts. I am NO mathematics genuis nor can I say I am good at mathematics. I dislike math when I was a child, but gradually find it "not so bad". I was not doing good in math when I was in primary schools or in junior years of high school. But I seem to be very comfortable with those calculas and algebra in senior level, and I got top scores in most mathematics courses by then.

But it seems to be a really a challenge (or a joke) to me to do a applied math degree? One who are not really excel at it when child.

Do you think only smart people can do applied mathematics? I am scared towards pure math...Are the skills required for pure math same as applied math?

In short, whom are applied mathematics for?