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    Quantifying Significance In Re-ordering Of a Set

    Great reply, thanks - I see what you mean, and that I need much more understanding. Perhaps I need a statistics degree :) Maybe I will try to find a basic book. Do you have thoughts? OK, I think I didn't explain properly. The algorithm takes a set of numbers, and re-orders them. I then look...
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    Quantifying Significance In Re-ordering Of a Set

    Hi folks, I have what I think is quite a basic question, but I'm looking for options. So, I have data that consists of a set of numbers (this is not a set theory question) - each number can be ascribed to one of two groups (the source of the number). Now, I have knowledge of the source...
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    Physics How do theoretical physicists conduct research?

    It completely depends on what you're doing. Theoretical physics is an umbrella term, encompassing hundreds of different research disciplines. I know theorists that spend all day programming. Some spend all day modelling. Some spend all day sitting with a pen and paper, resulting in some...
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    Physics Computational physics

    What fss said. Re: the rest, no one thing will 'land you a job' from university. Thinking about taking an MSc at the moment is just a little silly (:smile:), don't worry about that until you've punished yourself for a few years already. You also shouldn't think about grad school in general...
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    Looking for some career advice please

    It sounds as though you need to make an appointment with your university careers service ASAP. At least where I come from, many universities have stopped taking applications for PhDs starting this year which, as you are graduating in June, is a problem. Similarly, most graduate programmes in...
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    Getting a Ph.D. in a subject unrelated to undergraduate projects?

    And you'll have a physics degree. Any experience with research projects is valuable - at undergraduate it isn't so much about the things you know as it is about how you learn them.
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    Astrophysics; Money matters ?

    You'll have a good skill set with a BSc degree in physics/astrophysics. If you wanted you could apply to almost all of the same jobs that you could get with an engineering degree, so I wouldn't worry about disparity in the wages if you're willing to have any job. You could apply for graduate...
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    Careers in science doing science

    In industry, and academia, a large part of your job nowadays is always going to be making presentations, writing reports and sending/replying to emails. You need to be able to tell people why they should pay you, and you need to do it often. Computational work is a good way to get things...
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    Math Math degree useless without knowing programming?

    MATLAB on it's own would be fine (you could also check to see if you can take a stats class that uses R - which is also pretty useful). It's in use across lots of disciplines, and will be a good start into learning something like C++ if the need ever arises. It would be good for the CV to be...
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    Academic guidance in theoretical physics

    Yes, exactly. You'll make a 'soft' decision when you apply, but essentially when you apply to Glasgow you apply to the faculty, and not really the subject. So applying to physics means applying to the faculty of science (though they've changed the names to schools or something now) - which means...
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    Academic guidance in theoretical physics

    I have quite a bit of experience with the University of Glasgow, so feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions. The University of Glasgow programme is designed such that you don't actually have to answer these questions just now. You have to apply to a specific course code, but it...
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    Physics Physics a worthless degree?

    Nope - that's complete nonsense. And I don't know where you're getting that 'general consensus' from - I spend a lot of time in these parts of the forums and I definitely wouldn't say that. The "physics and maths is only useful for high school teaching" is an opinion normally only held by people...
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    Social Sciences?

    You also need to think about what you mean by 'useful'. Think about what your choices at university do/mean to you as a person. It's good to have a bit of worldly knowledge, which is partly why electives exist in the first place. You'll be more well rounded, will pick up a few new skills and...
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    Is College A Rip Off?

    This isn't true, at all, and represents a fundamental misunderstanding of what college is about. I'm sure if you end up going to one, you'll find out. Mathematics is a great degree to have specifically because you get so many options. The world is a big place, but I'm sure you'll grow to...
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    Programs Help-A Degree Relevant To Outer Space

    In the US you can apply to a programme, but you don't have to actually confirm the subject that you'll graduate in until you've already been at university for a couple of years. This is because you get the opportunity to take quite a few classes in these first years, so you could potentially...
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    Math Becoming a mathematician - how important is IQ?

    This isn't true. Mathematicians are just human beings too, though I suppose some might argue :smile: You don't need to be a 'genius' to make a meaningful contribution. I am not a genius, and I work in mathematics research. I work with some people that I do consider to be 'genius' - but the...
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    Not the best at math, but love physics

    I don't think people here, or on any forum, can answer these questions for you (apart from the PhD one - the answer is yes. Very hard). One thing you should consider first of all is that (and I say this without any idea of your background, so please don't be offended If I'm wrong) astronomy...
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    Is College A Rip Off?

    I'm not sure about this whole thing. Sure, that's an argument *for* college. But I think it's also a sad indictment of what our society is turning into. In my opinion, people are getting their prioties mixed up. People that are smart in high school feel obligated (and although it's usually a...
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    Career options for space degrees

    Work in a bar? A shop? An office? If you're just looking for a distraction until you can figure things out then I would specifically suggest against looking for a career orientated job. That, and without the honours degree you won't be qualified for most graduate positions and if you didn't...
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    What is so bad about these postdoc positions?

    I'm in the UK, and our postdocs have no teaching requirement, and I don't know of any that have ever offered to teach. 100% research. Lucky folk.
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    Programs Best double major for comp neuroscience?

    My undergraduate degree is in physics + astronomy, and I work in a sort of computational neuroscience. Systems biology is a huge area nowadays and there are lots of different options and routes depending on what you ultimately want to work on. It was during my (mathematics) PhD that I became...
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    Programs What can I do with a physics degree?

    i.e. you might want to look at applied math instead. Pure mathematics is about investigating mathematics. Applied math is about using math as a tool and would be useful for physics - but certainly not essential, you'll learn all of the base math you need in a physics degree.
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    Statement of Purpose for us physics grad

    Vanadium is simply asking what your objectives are - what do you want the person reading your statement of purpose to feel, to understand about you as an individual? What are the core things you think are important to advertise about yourself? Answer those questions when maybe someone can guide...
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    About Astronomy — do you think this is pointless?

    This contrasts with my experience, and I'm not sure you can say that just because your school was the way it was, that it's an effect for the whole discipline. If anything all you're saying is that your school had trouble attracting quality astronomy students. PhD level and actual career...
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    Math Applied math MS/PhD jobs

    And also there isn't any need to label someone specifically a 'mathematician' or otherwise. Who decides the pigeon holes, and why? Does it matter? I would say no. The important thing for this thread is that applied math opens up hundreds of different job opportunities. It isn't about which...
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    Unhappy with job, seeking advice!

    First of all, although you are unhappy with your job remember you are in a good (better) situation - you can afford to keep looking for work as long as you need to since you're already able to pay the bills. This means you can take your time to look at all of the options, and go through...
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    Math Do I even have the capabilities to do a math degree?

    No-one will be able to tell you whether or not you have what it takes - the question is: how determined are you to find out? 8+ hours per day is excessive by anyones standards, if that's on top of classes too, however. But - one of the things about math (and physics) is that you need...
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    Schools Graduate school: details on role of the advisor

    That is roughly my experience, yes. Yes. After a while, the student will become aware that they actually know more about the topic than their supervisor does. However, the supervisor is still invaluable as a consultant. In my opinion, even at this point, It's still very important to keep in...
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    Schools Graduate school: details on role of the advisor

    Both of those things, and more. Not so much, actually. In the initial stages, a PhD is heavily guided. The supervisors often spell things out quite clearly, though of course the student is the one that goes away and calculates the result, the ideas and perhaps more relevant to your thread...