i'm currently a physics/applied math major with a 3.85 gpa, but not in the gpa calculation is the fact that i have 2 W's on it (i dropped an honors abstract algebra class and a mech eng class after the deadline)
i'm interested in doing a MS or phD in applied math or mechanical engineering, in computational fluid dynamics
i will probably have average letters of recommendation from a prof in one of my former classes, a prof i did a REU with, and my current prof who i'm helping with his research
for the GRE verbals, so far i'm scoring in the high 400 low 500 range
how badly will my 2 W's reflect on my chances of getting into a good school? i'm looking mostly into stanford and UC berkeley because of their locations
also, how am i expected to score well on the math GRE if i havent completed a course in abstract algebra (i dropped it), and never took topology? I'm thinking of doing mechanical engineering over applied math simply because i dont have to take the math GRE and because i dont wanna take more proofbased classes in grad school. is that a wise decision?
chances at math/ME grad schools if i dropped 2 classes?

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Re: chances at math/ME grad schools if i dropped 2 classes?
What's your longterm goal? Academia or industry?
Re: chances at math/ME grad schools if i dropped 2 classes?
I'm not sure how familiar the people here are with math and ME grad programs.
Re: chances at math/ME grad schools if i dropped 2 classes?
I'm just curious what your end goal is, because if you'd like to do CFD either in a ME department or in industry (e.g. at Boeing), a ME degree will serve you better. And you don't need to take any subject GRE tests to apply for ME programs.larry burns wrote:i'm currently a physics/applied math major with a 3.85 gpa, but not in the gpa calculation is the fact that i have 2 W's on it (i dropped an honors abstract algebra class and a mech eng class after the deadline)
i'm interested in doing a MS or phD in applied math or mechanical engineering, in computational fluid dynamics
i will probably have average letters of recommendation from a prof in one of my former classes, a prof i did a REU with, and my current prof who i'm helping with his research
for the GRE verbals, so far i'm scoring in the high 400 low 500 range
how badly will my 2 W's reflect on my chances of getting into a good school? i'm looking mostly into stanford and UC berkeley because of their locations
also, how am i expected to score well on the math GRE if i havent completed a course in abstract algebra (i dropped it), and never took topology? I'm thinking of doing mechanical engineering over applied math simply because i dont have to take the math GRE and because i dont wanna take more proofbased classes in grad school. is that a wise decision?
As for the GRE verbal, for math or engineering it's pretty nearly irrelevant. Scoring an 800 on your quantitative section is more important, but frankly the GRE is a minimal aspect of engineering applications. It's been said that "GPA and GRE can keep you out, but research and letters get you in."
Regarding the math GRE, it's half calculus. The algebra section is only 25% of the test, and this is primarily composed of linear algebra and high school level stuff. The rest is probability, statistics and discrete math. You'll be fine without modern algebra.

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Re: chances at math/ME grad schools if i dropped 2 classes?
my end goal is to do CFD in industry or a government lab. so i guess ME is better?noojens wrote: I'm just curious what your end goal is, because if you'd like to do CFD either in a ME department or in industry (e.g. at Boeing), a ME degree will serve you better. And you don't need to take any subject GRE tests to apply for ME programs.
As for the GRE verbal, for math or engineering it's pretty nearly irrelevant. Scoring an 800 on your quantitative section is more important, but frankly the GRE is a minimal aspect of engineering applications. It's been said that "GPA and GRE can keep you out, but research and letters get you in."
Regarding the math GRE, it's half calculus. The algebra section is only 25% of the test, and this is primarily composed of linear algebra and high school level stuff. The rest is probability, statistics and discrete math. You'll be fine without modern algebra.
i've heard that GRE verbal is irrelevant as long as you're not near the minimum cutoff. but what if my scores are in the high 400 low 500 range? isnt that really close to the cutoff?