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  1. #1 Physics to Maths switch over and GRE subject test 
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    I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in physics in India. Lately, i have been finding mathematics much more interesting( I did a course on non linear dynamics and chaos) and now i may have a change of plans. I may want to apply for graduate studies in mathematics in united states. But that requires taking the GRE subject test in mathematics. I am comfortable with pre collegiate mathematics but then there will be questions on analysis,abstract algebra,topology etc regarding which i have got no idea. I may plan to take one or two courses on these before writing the test but then there are a whole range of topics which mathematics majors study . I simply cannot master all of them for i cannot afford to tamper with my grades. So, is it nearly impossible for me to get into one of those top mathematics graduate programs in UNITED STATES? What should i do? These thoughts have been frustrating of late.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pragnyajha View Post
    I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in physics in India. Lately, i have been finding mathematics much more interesting( I did a course on non linear dynamics and chaos) and now i may have a change of plans. I may want to apply for graduate studies in mathematics in united states. But that requires taking the GRE subject test in mathematics. I am comfortable with pre collegiate mathematics but then there will be questions on analysis,abstract algebra,topology etc regarding which i have got no idea. I may plan to take one or two courses on these before writing the test but then there are a whole range of topics which mathematics majors study . I simply cannot master all of them for i cannot afford to tamper with my grades. So, is it nearly impossible for me to get into one of those top mathematics graduate programs in UNITED STATES? What should i do? These thoughts have been frustrating of late.
    I did something similar as an undergraduate, switched from chemistry to mathematics in my second year of college. During my third and fourth year I took many math courses. One thing that helped was that in my second year I was taking the basic advanced math course (called advanced calculus).


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    So do you mean that one could not simply switch from physics to mathematics at the graduate level, without taking many courses in maths at the undergraduate level? And what about the GRE subject test in mathematics? Performing well in that exam is necessary for getting into graduate school,right? And by advanced calculus do you mean real analysis?
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    If you are a second year undergraduate, why not switch majors now and not wait till you graduate? Advanced calculus (when I took it) was a course designed to give a rigorous foundation to everything you learned in elementary calculus. It included epsilon-delta proofs unitl you were bored to death. It served as a prerequisite to real analysis, complex variables, and most other advanced courses.
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