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just a girl
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According to the Gourman Report, Stony Brook is in the Top 50 Math Grad programs in the U.S. Great! So...what's the undergrad experience like for math majors?

Also, I did read a book about a year ago, in which students complained that profs were hard to understand (because of accents, I think). How true is this? Could it be that these kids were referring to basic math courses? What's it like if you're a math major?

Didn't that Jim Simons guy from Renaissance Technologies teach at Stony Brook awhile back? That's good...isn't it?

Any info is appreciated.

Also, I did read a book about a year ago, in which students complained that profs were hard to understand (because of accents, I think). How true is this? Could it be that these kids were referring to basic math courses? What's it like if you're a math major?

Didn't that Jim Simons guy from Renaissance Technologies teach at Stony Brook awhile back? That's good...isn't it?

Any info is appreciated.

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## Replies to: Math at Stony Brook

76Junior MemberFirst, check sbumathgrad's post, he double majored in math and applied math.

http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/suny-stony-brook/545919-i-just-graduated-stony-brook.html

Undergrads can do research and take grad level courses in their junior and senior year.

I don't expect a college with awesome grad level math fails at undergrad math.

SBU is known for awesome differential geometry. (7th in the nation, again, grad level)

and... I looked over some of your post posted else where.

It raise a question.

Are you trying to major in math or applied math? Its going to be very different...

Did you already got accepted by SBU?

Because if you are not going to a college this fall, then stay tuned. I will be able to share my experience in 6 months(lol, a long time to wait...)

212Junior MemberSBUMathgrad mentioned CEAS scholarships...what are those? Did you receive scholarships?

I'm not sure yet whether I want to do math or applied math. I know they're different, but...well, what exactly are they? At what point do they split? Or is it simply the approach to the classes?

I feel like picking right now between math/applied math is really hard, because it's like asking me what I want to study in grad school and do in the future. Frankly, I don't know! I just love math, haha.

How do you know which one's right for you?

1,998Senior MemberSBUMathGrad's thread does a pretty good job of explaining the difference between theoretical and applied math; it's post #26, on the second page of the thread.

If you know you want something math-y, then just pick one and go for it. Applied math is a little more restrictive for freshman applicants than regular math is, but other than that, you can always change your mind down the road.

Chris

212Junior MemberIn what ways is AMS more restrictive for frosh applicants? It appears to be the better route if you don't necessarily want to be a teacher/math prof. I definitely want grad school school too, but I'm not sure yet if I want to study pure math or...something else entirely. Would you recommend AMS for me?

1,998Senior MemberAMS is more restrictive in that they prefer calc in high school, where regular math has no such specific restriction. There's also a minimum SAT... this year, I think it was 1200 (at least 600 math), but I could be off a bit. It's somewhere in that range. Again, regular math doesn't have that specific restriction.

Chris

76Junior MemberLike sbuadmissions said, SBUMathgrad did pretty well explaining AMS.

If you want to know what AMS is like, take AP stat course in high school, at least that's the only applied math course in my school. So that also means, every other math course you took in high school is pure math.

AMS is considered engineering major, MAT is considered science major, that is going to make a whole lot of difference because many things in MAT have minimal real world applications.

At what point do they split?From the start of your freshman year. The calculus+linear algebra courses are different in those departments,the materials are the same, only the approaches are different.

After the freshman year, AMS will go into probability, statistics, mathematical modeling.

In MAT, it goes into real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, number theory, topology and such...

A great way to see if you like AMS or MAT better is look at what kind of problem they solve. A example:

For AMS:

Two alternative designs are submitted for a land module to enable the transport of astronauts to the surface of mars...long text with 2 diagrams illustrating the modules... Which design would you recommend to NASA? What assumptions are required? Are the assumptions reasonable?

or you can check actuarial examinations, most probability problems you learn to solve in AMS.

For MAT:

[url=http://****/View?id=ajbrwznrt9q7_56crj3mqc5]QUESTIONS[/url]

this is a part of a problem set for people taking discrete math.(ironically, the course most close to discrete math in SBU is an AMS course)

btw a comic

Abstruse Goose Pure Mathematics

212Junior MemberMajor topics of AP Calc AB are motion problems, related rates, and volume of solids of revolution. I won't take BC until next year, but I think vectors are a big part of that. How are those not applied?

Some mathematicians don't consider statistics to be part of mathematics at all--rather, it's its own subject.

Also, do you know approximately how many math/applied math majors there are at SBU?

3,033Senior Member82Junior Member76Junior MemberI think these are just learning the techniques of most basic math, so I believe it is pure math. Like arithmetic. no one use statistics to solve real math problems...

I don't know how many are people math or applied math, these are some hard to find data.

currently, i know at least 4 people going there for math, 0 for applied math. Clearly my data doesn't show anything, since most freshman don't know the difference between those two majors.

48Junior MemberAs a sidenote, two of my friends joke about how AMS is "not real math", lol.