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    Studying Buying textbooks as opposed to borrowing these

    You may want to read Basically, there may be some advantages to reading on paper, in terms of long-term retention etc. Searchability is a big argument for ebooks, but for textbooks I think it is overrated. If one needs to look...
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    Want to have a PhD with full funding

    Hi, You apply and say you will need funding. Then they decide whether to accept or reject you, while also giving you information about the funding they choose to offer you (they will most likely include the tuition fees). Nothing else is certain.
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    Why learn physics?

    Is it this one? (Keep clicking on the picture.)
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    Abstract algebra or set theory?

    I'd guess that "com an-bound val" stands for complex analysis and boundary value problems, or something similar. On the other hand, it is not clear to me whether a course with that name would focus on (useful) complex methods for solving differential equations, or on equations with solutions...
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    What kind of people are suitable of doing research in quantum gravity? Jokes aside, the field of biophysics is improving quickly, largely due to better measurements. It is not impossible that more quantum effects will be found there in the short term, but it is hardly guaranteed. On the other hand, biophysicists coming from the...
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    Schools What field of study to pursue in graduate school?

    Maybe SophusLies has the right approach then: which field are you better at and can hope to be more successful in? If there is truly no way for you to decide, you might want to take a chance or use a random decision method. It's usually not entirely impossible to switch programs,and it's...
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    Programs This is what happens when you hand math research to a physics major.

    That was a great read! Thanks for posting the link. Out of interest, is this state of affairs discussed often in the mathematics communities, or are people mostly happy/content with the way things are?
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    Schools What field of study to pursue in graduate school?

    What you need to find out isn't really whether you can balance the number of courses, but whether you will prefer doing research in one field over the other. After all, that is what you'll be doing for most of gradschool (i.e. not taking courses). That said, mathematical physicists is often...
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    Useful Classes for Computational Physics?

    Do you have an idea of what field of physics you are interested in applying the computational methods to? That can affect how likely you are to work with large software systems, how advanced optimization techniques you need or whether you will need to know techniques for parallel computing, for...
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    How useful is theoretical physics?

    How modern do you need it to be? The topological insulators seems like a good example of a phenomenon no one would have looked for before the theoretical predictions (the first of which basically came 2005).
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    Programs How truthful should I be on PhD application?

    The attorney was right. It'll be easier for you if all your records say the same thing.
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    Programs Where to go for an exchange? Physics Major

    I actually study at Chalmers, so I might have something to say about that. The situation at KTH is quite similar, though the rent is likely more expensive. I believe both (it's certainly true for Chalmers) universities insist on Swedish in the undergraduate part of the education (i.e. the first...
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    Desktop vs Laptop for Undergraduate Physics

    Well, install some linux distribution then. It tends to work well these days, especially if you google linux + [the model you're interested] in first.
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    Post your Fall 2010 schedule!

    First quarter: Quantum mechanics Advanced classical physics Second quarter: Advanced quantum mechanics Condensed matter physics Computational physics The second quantum course starts where the first ends, covering chapters 6 and 7 in Sakurai. Then it begins on the Peskin & Schroder...
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    Programs What should I minor in?

    Nanotech is a rather wide field you know, so it really comes down to what you want to do. I'm not in the field myself, but my BSc thesis was essentially an experimental nanofabrication project, together with associated physics theory and data treatment, so I have at least had extensive contact...
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    Master in Physics

    As eXorikos said, look at the prerequisites of the master program you are interested in and talk to the program coordinator. There is no simple catch-all answer.
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    Engineering Physics vs. Honors Physics

    I may be a bit partial, as I'm taking a 5 years engineering physics program in Sweden, including both a 3 years bachelor and a 2 years masters degree. We definitely get a fair bit of both subjects in the first three years - and I'm going to use the masters to go more into theoretical physics...
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    ME or MET or BOTH

    I wouldn't know much about these two programs, but I'd say the possibilities for hands on work depends more on the workplace. You are more likely to build things yourself in a smaller company, for example. Then again I've also seen mechanical engineers that are totally isolated from reality...