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    Should I Be Ashamed?

    Yes you should be ashamed. You did not try hard and now you are here trying to blame things on others instead of taking the responsibility yourself. And couldn't enjoy your prom? Well, i could tell you, if you keep this irreponsible attitude, you are probably going to have a lot of failures...
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    Programs Is this burnout? 4th year physics major

    In the past two school years, I never took any night off except for during breaks like fall break or spring break. Even on Friday nights I had to grade homework. There was even once or twice when I sobbed in the library thinking I just want to take one day off. Even in a situation like that...
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    Testing Screwed up Abstract Algebra exam unsure if I have the ability to do math.

    To the OP: I once got a test score below average but I wasn't very upset because I knew exactly what went wrong: the exam was too time pressured and I couldn't work well in such an environment. I have gotten a lot better at taking time-pressured exams now. I whined about exams too. But I...
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    Reexamining The Death of Alan Turing

    I recently started to compare Turing to Von Neumann. They were two completely different kinds of people in terms of personalities and ended up very differently as well. But it is interesting that their offices used to be next to each other.
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    Do You Guys Keep Your University Textbooks or Sell Them?

    A good math book is way better than a child. Just saying. :biggrin:
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    Do You Guys Keep Your University Textbooks or Sell Them?

    Not sure about you guys, but I change dorm every year. So it is a hassle to move all my books and find storage for them over the summer. I sold all the books I bought for classes not in my major. There were only 43 or 4 of them though. I major in math where a typical textbook costs like $80...
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    Schools I got kicked out of my University. Do I still have a chance at Grad school?

    Yes I think you can. I know people who flunked out of school but then got themselves together to started over and end up succeeding. There is one piece of advice that I'd offer: never ever try to find excuses for your failures. Don't blame your parents, your gender, your brain, the...
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    Study to not feel guilty

    Girlfriend? I believe it's his mistress. :yuck:
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    Study to not feel guilty

    I definitely love math and would like to do it for the rest of my life if possible. However, even in the most romantic relationship you occasionally get the impulse to run away. After all, I worked 75+ hours a week excluding lecture time for the past three semesters. I figured it would still...
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    How much money are physics professors in the US making?

    This doesn't make sense. If you love it enough you wouldn't care so much about the money. Plus the money is enough for you to live a comfortable life. People don't go into academia for the money, they go for the stability and freedom after getting tenure. You can be crosslisted in two...
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    Is this a complete undergrad pure math curriculum?

    It's good to have the option to take classes outside math, but when you make it a requirement, it can be annoying. It's not fun to shovel a humanities class down your throat when you have a stressful semester filled with math classes.
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    Is this a complete undergrad pure math curriculum?

    Are algebraic function fields and valuation theory also covered in the field course? I have to say I'm very jealous. I don't like the gen-ed requirements in the states at all. I pay a huge amount of tuition here in the states and yet couldn't quite get the education I (at least I) want.
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    Is this a complete undergrad pure math curriculum?

    Are all the bold parts non-overlapping? I had all those materials in a year-long algebra sequence, but probably not in the same depth as you did, because it seems yours were progressing towards specialization.
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    Is this a complete undergrad pure math curriculum?

    Wow. Algebraic geometry as an undergrad? Good for you! And also projective geometry as a single course? Sounds intense. I think the area of modern math that most frequently utilizes projective geometry is the study of elliptic curves. I should emigrate to Belgium right away.:tongue:
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    Not talking to people

    Maybe it's a good idea for the whole office to grab some coffee together once in a while.
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    Not talking to people

    I know what you are talking about. The reason that I don't talk to people is not because I don't need company or I'm timid, it's because there are practically no people around me that are interested in the same things as I do. So I'd rather be by myself than hang out with people I'm not...
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    Schools Worth it to Apply to Private Colleges?

    I'm assuming you are talking about MIT physics? I know at least one MIT undergrad got into MIT's math phd program this year.
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    How much does a person need to be able to live on his own without any support?

    Wow. Are all those years in Ann Arbor for grad school? In terms of the OP's question, sometimes you're better off financially in the long run if you get a car at the beginning. Housing around large universities could be VERY expensive due to the popular demand so if you have a car you can...
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    The woman smarter than the man

    :approve::approve::approve:
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    Science and the general public

    lolololol. :rofl: But seriously, I study math yet I can hardly define what math is.
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    Is it fair that one doesn't get money for publications in journals

    Because the purpose of publishing is not to make money. Maybe you would understand better if you were actually doing physics. Hardly anyone doing real science ever thinks about the idea of getting paid for publishing a paper.
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    Not talking to people

    There are practically no people around me that are interested in the same things as I do. All of the math majors I know are non-hardcore majors who struggled through first semester of algebra and who never had topology. They kept asking me why I was constantly working so hard. None of them is...
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    Not talking to people

    I'm a bit confused. I don't think anyone said that my behavior was odd. But I think as a human being I do have the right to feel 'strange'. :tongue: A lot of the times confrontation could be a good thing. There are numerous times when I asked my neighbor to quiet down and that earned me...
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    Not talking to people

    Such thefts happen at my school several times a year and the lost stuff is nowhere to be found. My parents are willing to pay for the apartment. So I will work VERY VERY hard next year, hoping to produce the kind of work that matches with my rent. :frown:
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    Not talking to people

    I might also live in an apartment by myself next year (which is the reason of my phone conversation with the leasing office) and I'm both excited and scared. I'm excited because I finally don't have to live in a dorm with people who play party music late at night and can focus on my math. I'm...
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    Not talking to people

    I just counted the number of people I talked to today and I was kind of shocked. The people I talked to today are: someone from one of the school offices(by phone), someone from the leasing office of an apartment(by phone) and a librarian of the science library at my school. Nothing personal...
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    Schools Why do people drop out of Graduate School?

    Same here. I don't think I'd like to sit in front of a computer 8 hours a day to write hedging programs. However, it seems that becoming rich is easier than going into academia. So my plan is to do something that I'm crazy about for 5 years in grad school, and then go do something that I feel...
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    Schools Why do people drop out of Graduate School?

    Common ones are 1. couldn't pass quals 2. couldn't work hard enough 3. making too little Isn't there some joke that says if you are a math phd and you don't want to go into academia, then your only option is to become rich?
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    Has your best friend ever dated your recent ex girlfriend?

    I wouldn't care at all. Maybe just because I didn't take my relationships seriously enough.
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    Programs Parents Won't Pay for Physics Major

    what do you mean by 'new math in physics'? Do you mean using math in a physical context? What I was trying to say was once you learned the hard stuff, it is very easy to come back and pick up the easier stuff you missed. I never took DEs, but I never had a problem with Euler-Lagrange or...
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