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Until MATH 10, I never bothered to know the difference between “mathematics” and “applied mathematics”. During one career talk that I attended, one speaker was a graduate of Applied Mathematics. He said that he put the BS Applied Mathematics in his course choices during the UPCAT because having the “Applied” in the course title sounded cool. And actually…..I resonated with that explanation.

Thankfully, during one of our discussions in the class, I was finally enlightened about this matter.



  • Pure Mathematics is for the advancement of mathematic’s sake. It pursues questions internally which may or may not be necessarily for practical use.
  • Applied Mathematics is more inclined practical use and to bringing solutions to physical real-world problems.


Are you more into pure mathematics or applied mathematics?


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