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Applied Mathematics vs Mathmatics

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What is the difference between the two? Which one is easier to get a degree in? Which one has easier/harder courses? At UofT.
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Broadly speaking, pure mathematics is mathematics which studies entirely abstract concepts. Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics that concerns itself with mathematical methods that are typically used in science, engineering, business, and industry. Thus, "applied mathematics" is a mathematical science with specialized knowledge.

Pure mathematics is generally more difficult.
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What is the difference between the two? Which one is easier to get a degree in? Which one has easier/harder courses? At UofT.



I don't know the specifics for U of T, but typically "mathematics" refers to pure mathematics and its related disciplines, whereas applied mathematics refers to statistics, actuarial science, and the math involved with studies of engineering and science. Sometimes applied mathematics stretches as far as to apply to computer science.

Pure math generally has the hardest courses in undergrad, but by the time you hit the grad level, the difficulty between the two fields is pretty much the same.
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