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    Use of I vs we in abstract

    Data is plural, so it is "Data were consistent with," etc. I've always felt that data "fit" better in the singular however. I think it can be technically considered correct either way if the "many data" is considered to be the singular object that contains all of the data. I'm not an...
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    Study/reading tips for a late starter

    http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/theorist.html
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    Post your Winter and Spring 2011 schedules here!

    Atomic and Molecular Physics Intro to Topology Abstract Algebra Quantum
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    Programs Concerned with all the pessimism surrounding PhDs lately

    I know a number of people with PhD's who say they only have a BS on their resume so that they can get a better paying job. Some have even asked their grad schools if there is any way to get a PhD rescinded so that they won't have to worry about their employer ever finding out about said PhD.
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    Question: grad classes as undergrad, how to mention in grad applications?

    I'm in the process of getting my application to grad school completed and have a number of "5000" level classes that I'm not exactly sure how to classify on my my applications. Is it appropriate/acceptable to list ALL of them as "graduate" classes that I've taken as an undergraduate....even...
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    Should I Take Topology in the Spring?

    Well, this thread has me feeling even more anxious about next semester than I already was.... I'm a physics major who is taking topology next semester...who also hasn't had analysis or abstract algebra. I'm hoping my interest and prior self-study in differential geometry (for general...
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    Jerk physics professor response

    The problem with that is that many professors don't like reading "novels." In my experience, you have to be as terse as possible when emailing a professor with a question. If you write too much (even when you feel it is necessary information), you often get one of two "responses." 1) A...
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    This guy has written over 5,000 pages of scholarly material-all for others. Wow.

    He says he has a "staff of roughly 50 writers." I'm assuming he is using "I" as his "business?"
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    Programs How much can someone with a phd in physics make?

    Brian May is worth about $80 million, but his PhD is in Astrophysics. I don't know if you're considering the various sub-fields or not.
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    My dream not realized, and I am falling down a deep cliff.

    I wish I had something more comforting to say, but the truth of the matter is that you're pretty much d.o.n.e as far as academia is concerned. My early years showed promise for intellectual success until I ruined it all at age 16. I ended up really pushing my limits my junior year of H.S. and...
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    Physical basis of Neurophysiology

    You'll first need to get an Bachelor's in an appropriate field. I would assume something like a bio-physics major with some kind of "Physiology" focused minor. Then you'll need to go on to graduate school in an appropriate field. I believe there is research on neural physiology in many...
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    Why so few Relativity/Gravity groups in the US?

    Re-reading my post...I don't know that I worded myself well. I was curious if it was just "me" or if studying GR was more "standard" in the UK. My own feeling from seeing the curriculum of various schools (from looking online myself, visiting sites like this, and searching for GR...
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    Why so few Relativity/Gravity groups in the US?

    Why are there so few research groups that focus on relativity and gravity in the US? It may be only my perception, but it seems that studying general relativity is rather "standard" in the UK. The schools I've looked at all seem to have a few classes on relativity at the undergraduate level...
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    My life is collapsing, I feel like killing myself. PF, please help me

    Focus on your family and mourn the loss of someone close to you. It won't seem like it now, but there will be a time in the future where you'll barely remember your first year of college and will remember even less about this class, but you won't forget about losing someone close to you...
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    Is My Schedule too Crazy?

    The only semester that looks like it may be too rough is your second fall semester. The physics courses are tough, but having them together isn't uncommon. The thing I'd be worried about is having linear algebra that semester. Is that an advanced linear algebra? Or is it the first linear...
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    I want to become a Physicist BUT

    If you just want to learn a bit about 'real' physics, you don't necessarily have to get a degree in it. The internet has made information easily accessible to anyone with a connection. One site that is designed specifically for such a purpose is http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/theorist.html. I...
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    Right brained please help

    I think it's usually a slippery slope with statements like this. There are scientists in the field of cognition, neurophysiology, etc., that devote their life to situations like this. You may believe it is a "load of crap," and I can't say that I would disagree with you, but unless you're an...
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    Schools Grad school in something else after BS math, thoughts?

    I'm still an undergrad, but I'm in a similar position. I'm planning to attend grad school in physics, but will have many more math classes than physics classes. My physics course list is pretty odd. I will actually be about 50/50 in terms of graduate/undergraduate classes in physics. My...
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    Courses Is it common for people to retake a course in order to boost their GPA?

    I'm very interested in this. I took a course load WAY over my head last semester. It was a huge jump in material that the department approved from performance on earlier classes. I did okay in my physics classes, but got a C in an advanced differential equations course that was filled with...
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    Should I Forget About Being A Physicist?

    Especially in the higher level physics courses. I got a 43% on a Quantum mechanics exam last semester.....which was the high score by nearly 10%. If you aren't expecting that kind of thing going in, you can let yourself get really freaked out... You said the professor doesn't seem to...
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    Summer class question

    It will be the 'same material,' but the responsibility to actually learn the material will fall much more on your hands than it would in a classroom setting, especially if you take the exams online. If you take the exams online, you will have to deal with the temptation to make them 'open...
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    Testing GRE Physics Prep Courses

    I'm a physics student hoping to study theory in grad school and will only have time to take one of the following math courses: Advanced Calculus 5700 (basically a baby-rudin type intro to analysis) or, Numerical Analysis 5070 I have good math preparation, with three 5000 level graduate...
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    Programs Best math classes for a physics major?

    My personal choices would be: Differential Geometry Complex Analysis Linear Algebra If I were to take any more, I'd probably do numerical analysis and Integral equations. I'm still an undergraduate though, so I don't have any personal insight on what will help in grad school.
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    Post your Fall 2010 schedule!

    Hope you enjoy the courses! Especially the C++. I'm doing two research projects this summer where I'm expected to program.....I really wish I had taken C++.....or any programming course. lol
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    Post your Fall 2010 schedule!

    Advanced Calculus Thermodynamics Waves and Optics Mathematical Physics The mathematical physics course is a 6000 level course that I got special permission to take, so I'm very excited about it.
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    Programs Why would one major in theoretical physics?

    He could have made a lot more money shoveling ****. Should he do that instead? Someone that majors in Theoretical physics isn't typically going into it for wealth and fame.
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    In need of advice

    You have to do what's right for you in the end, but no choice is the 'fun' choice. No matter what you do, some portion of your life is going to be spent doing things you don't really want to do in order to reach some long term achievement you do want. If I had to make an absolute statement...
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    In need of advice

    If you're close to graduating, I would finish up and get my degree. If you need a break for some soul searching after that, fine....but at least you have something tangible (the degree) to thank your parents with. However, if you're really in a bad place with school and dread each day of...
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    Courses How do 'unique' courses look on graduate applications?

    Cool. I was hoping to hear answers along these lines. lol It looks like it's going to be more work than the credit hours will show, so I hope I can show that on my applications. I'll have the professor write a letter of recommendation (if I do well...), hopefully that will make it clear...
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    Courses How do 'unique' courses look on graduate applications?

    I'm wondering how I can expect the "course" I'm taking this summer to look on a graduate school application for physics? I put "course" in quotations because I'm the only one in the course, and it is kind of made up for me as sort of an independent study with a professor. The professor will...
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