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    Undergraduate or Graduate Quantum Mechanics?

    The mathematics is not anywhere near the important part of QM. New concepts and knowing when to do what is what is important. Do you remember the first time you were introduced to linear algebra? None of the mathematics involved is very hard, but you still need to know *what* to do, not just...
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    I enjoy physics but dislike the labs

    Theoretical or computational physics. A couple things here... In first year you have to take physics with everyone else in science. This means you'll be with people that don't actually care about it, they are just required to take it. Also everyone is disorganized in first year. It's...
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    I want to make up for the time i wasted

    I see you're in Canada, so am I. One of my profs has his PhD in physics (solid state, batteries mostly) and worked for a number of years in industry as an engineer. Clearly he wasn't allowed to sign off on any designs and so he wasn't legally responsible for the work, only the P.Eng. that...
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    Programs Things math majors should know

    Same at my uni, but that's because it's set up as an, "Oh ****! I ****ed up and don't want a 'withdraw' or, worse, 'not complete/fail' on my transcript" for students. School's like this are playing pretty fast and loose with the term 'audit'. That said, even if your school charges to...
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    Programs Majoring in Engineering what is the sacrifice like?

    Even if it was true you had to sacrifice your social life and all that... You're only in university (undergrad anyways) for 4-5 years of your life. It's not that long. Making decisions with life-long consequences based on 'not having a social life' for a couple years is just a horrible idea...
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    Programs Double Major vs Major & Double Minor

    Damn straight. My life got a lot happier once I threw the math minor out to focus on physics. I still take the math courses that interest me, but I'm not having to go out of the way to take the required second year courses.
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    Why am I struggling with Differential Equations?

    I struggled with ODEs just because I didn't spend enough time with it. I managed to make everything click in the end (about a day before the final and therefore salvage an ok grade) and it was one thing that helped: Make a flowchart for the different types of problems and their different...
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    Programs What difference will dropping a Physics major make?

    I think every one of my profs that's a theorist did their undergrad in math, and a couple did math/phys. One of my profs regularly ribs us 'just' physics majors because he's of the opinion that the proper way to learn physics is to do a math degree in undergrad and then worry about learning...
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    Courses 3 Science Courses/W Lab Too much in one Semester?

    Look at course load by credit. Each credit means you'll be spending roughly one hour in lecture and two on homework and studying per week. So if you're taking 15 credits, expect to spend around 45 hours total on schoolwork per week. More or less depending on numerous variables, but that's...
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    Summer getting too hard for you? Post your Fall Schedule to cool down!

    Intermediate Mechanics Introductory Thermodynamics Experimental Methods in Physics Calc III Ordinary Differential Equations
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    Is this schedule too much?

    Gauge your workload by credits. A rule of thumb is that for every credit you're taking, you should expect to spend three hours on school (including class time) per week. For example, if you're taking 15 credits, expect to spend 15 hours in lecture and 30 hours on studying and homework, so 45...
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    Schools General university question (canada)

    Schools in BC at least run on a three semester schedule, but most people only take classes in the Fall and Winter (sometimes called Spring) semesters. The summer semesters are usually only low level courses or, for whatever reason, arts courses. You'll be wanting the summer semesters to either...
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    Courses Which order to take math courses?

    You should probably talk to an advisor at your school. Generally only they will know which order/course combinations are recommended. For example, at my school, it's assumed that you'll be taking Calc I concurrently with Phys I despite calculus not being an explicit co-requisite.
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    Please, can you look over my appeal letter? (academic probation)

    Did you get 'about' two E's? Or two E's?
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    What are your feelings about long gaps between classes & waiting on campus

    Yea, that is a bit long. Two semesters ago on Mondays and Wednesdays I had three classes in a row ending at noon, and then another three hour class at 7:00pm. I was essentially on campus for 13 hours on those days. I had no shame at all in keeping a blanket and pillow in the trunk of my car...
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    What are your feelings about long gaps between classes & waiting on campus

    I love having breaks between my classes. I can get so much work done without the lure of just going home. I think you're underestimating that hour. Find a quiet workspace near your next class and head directly there after your first class, pull out something you're working on and get to it.
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    Deadline approaching fast, undegrad Waterloo Physics or Queens Engineering Physics

    At the undergrad level, and only in the first couple (one?) years. I started in engineering and after the first year decided to stick with physics. I didn't have to make up any classes because the first year of engineering at my school was the same as first year science, plus four more...
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    Has anyone here been to Harvard?

    You keep on repeating these things, but don't back them up. You're also, for some reason, ignoring what twofish-quant is saying despite the fact that he went to MIT.
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    Schools Engineering grad school stipends?

    Country? Specialization? Thesis/Non-thesis? Is this standard at your school? Without context your post doesn't really help the OP. Also forces readers to make the assumption that you're even in engineering.
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    Schools Engineering grad school stipends?

    In Canada at least, it depends on the degree. A thesis masters or phd would have some sort of funding. These are degrees in 'applied science.' There is also a non-thesis masters, which is purely coursework, that you would be paying for. This is a terminal, professional degree in 'engineering.'
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    I know youre never too old, but

    Similar boat. I too, thought I knew what I was doing when I decided to enter the work force after high school. I did go back to university at age 20, but stupidly went with what I already knew instead of what I was interested in. I started an IT degree that didn't require any math or real...
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    Programs Which programming languages might a physics major learn and why?

    It's also something that only people that don't already know how to program worry about. Once you get one language under your belt, you realize that they're pretty much all the same. That and that you can pick up enough of a new one to be useful over a weekend.
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    Programs New Math Major scheduling help!

    Math majors at my school only take 2 math based courses in first year: Calc I & II Physics majors take 4: Calc I & II, Phys I & II Engineering majors take 6: Calc I & II, Phys I & II, Statics & Dynamics, Intro to Linear Algebra My point: As a freshman math major, get your breadth...
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    Why is Calc II required for Linear Algebra?

    I've been told by a math prof that it's because calc I & II are for getting used to university mathematics and that a freshman jumping into a linear algebra course is often overwhelmed by it. I saw this while in first year engineering because we had to take a linear algebra course in the...
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    Do you guys think your competition motivates you?

    I don't think that's the kind of competition the OP is talking about. That's the 'wrong' kind of competition. I have a couple friends/classmates that I am in constant 'competition' with. We're not trying to outdo each other or show off, but we are all kind of... co-operatively...
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    Uni for undergrad physics - does it matter which?

    (Canadian, so take what I say with a grain of salt) Some universities teach the mathematics required for physics in the physics courses, while others require (or encourage) you to take the specific mathematics courses. For example, my (relatively) small university doesn't even offer a...
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    Is this schedule too difficult?

    I was wondering about that too. The only thing I can think of is that there's no *required* homework. I know upper level math courses at my uni typically don't have any required homework, just problem sets that we should do if we want to master the material. For example, a grading scheme...
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    Schools Waitlists to get into class at junior college math class ?

    What's the class size? How much do the profs care about the students at your school? For my first year physics class held in a lecture theatre the prof came in the first day and said, "If you have a seat, you're welcome in the class. Even if you don't have a seat and don't mind sitting on the...
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    What to do with my summer?

    No, this: Khan academy is fine, but doesn't supply exercises. It's more of a supplement to a student taking a calc class that needs more help. The OCW gives you readings, lecture videos, assignments with...
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    Transfering in the fall, but cant register and classes filled

    Don't most universities use first-come, first-serve waitlists?