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 proof-based classes in grad school. is that a wise decision?