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    Struggling with Learning New Topics

    I don't know if this will work with you but I've discovered that learning in some sort of somatic way like writing, or whatever that is physically engaging enough, about what you are learning by yourself helps. Doing it this way might be slow but for some reason it does the work of drilling the...
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    How to take breaks?

    I guess I'll be taking this advice, I'll break my work into chunks until I get into a good pace for studying. Thanks guys.
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    How to take breaks?

    I just had a really pressing semester, it was quite horrible actually. I still managed to get a good grade and now we're on break. Do I take a break or do I study? What I mean by break is that, I'm thinking of doing nothing related to physics or mathematics (academics) and loosen myself up...
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    Programs Any physics majors feel too dumb to be majoring in physics?

    I think this usually happens to every physics majors, or math majors, or anyone who's serious about what they're studying. I myself would get this every once in a while, and I observed that some of my peers would talk or at least it's implied that they think might not have the aptitude to do...
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    Being Hyperanalytical

    I don't know about analysis yet, but I heard it's a pretty interesting subject to take after your calculus since it seems to be where the 'real maths' pick up from; I'd be sure to study it after I'm done with calculus (and some linear algebra) myself. Yes, the problem with other disciplines...
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    Being Hyperanalytical

    I definitely understand, whether its physics or mathematics, when I have the time to do the proofs/derivations I just have to do it. Skipping through them makes studying dull. This is quite hard for a physics major though (at least for me), since when I study mathematics I have the inclination...
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    General physics- can I learn it on my own?

    I think you'd have to at least understand basic calculus so you can incorporate it to physical intuition. I mean, starting with knowing what limits are and these limits approximates the slope in a given x in a curve is pretty much a good start already, and those area under the curve and stuff...
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    Mediocrity and proofs?

    I've still got some calculus left for me. I'd be sure to study analysis after the calc series.
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    Mediocrity and proofs?

    Well yeah I guess you kinda nailed it. I know how to do most of the problems, I'm quite familiar that it's gotten quite boring. It's just that I don't want to mindlessly do the problems without at least having the familiarity of why they work or how the maths is constructed that way, hence why I...
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    Mediocrity and proofs?

    I'm a physics major a bit of inclination to mathematics. The semester just ended, and I didn't particularly have a bad one. It's just I had a really mediocre grade after the semester, I'm a bit disappointed since while I'm busy reading through the proofs it seems it didn't really do me much good...
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    Interested in Chaos Theory, Complex Systems, Nonlinear Systems

    Thanks guys these just made everything clearer.
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    Interested in Chaos Theory, Complex Systems, Nonlinear Systems

    Well yeah, it might appear to be a leap but I think having a goal is better. About differential equations, can it be done with only one semester knowledge of DE (I assume they only touch mostly ordinary differential equations)? Now about MATLAB, does it necessarily have to be it? Since I'm also...
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    Interested in Chaos Theory, Complex Systems, Nonlinear Systems

    I'm still in my first year as a physics major so you can assume I don't have that much significant knowledge yet. I just asked so that I can prepare early if I actually decide to study this in the near future. I'd try looking up those you've mentioned, thanks.
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    Interested in Chaos Theory, Complex Systems, Nonlinear Systems

    As the thread title says I'm interested in Chaos Theory, Complex Systems, and Nonlinear Systems. If I can help it, I'd like to study these at graduate level. My question is what kind and how much mathematics I'm supposed to know if I'm to study these?
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    Rigorous Mathematics

    Okay, I only have a few that's spontaneously at the tip of my head now. In mathematics it's pretty much proofs on limit theorems in epsilon-delta notation, the techniques in differentiation and integration (I haven't studied them yet but if I had the time, I would). In physics, some parts on the...
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    Rigorous Mathematics

    @Chiro: I've studied a few proofs myself, and yes I, know how different mathematical proofs are from physics derivations/proofs. The latter tends to rely greatly on physical analysis and assumptions. To answer the last question, I'm actually still a 1st year taking up mostly intro courses and...
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    Rigorous Mathematics

    I've taken a liking to studying mathematics, though I'm a physics major I've always tried to learn things as rigorous as possible whether it's mathematics or physics. Now, I haven't quite gotten to the level where I just breeze through proofs or at least when I study the theorems it still takes...
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    Math ability => physics ability?

    I used to study math (with proofs) back then before I started with my physics. I found out that the derivations are very easy to follow probably because I started to get the hang of studying mathematical proofs and construction which I think is a bit harder. But problem solving wise, both...
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    Good at Calculus=Good at Physics?

    It may sound like we're ganging up on you here but I think the way you react to their criticism is a bit alarming. What Angry dude said was true, in college you are all by yourself. If you've got a professor who even gives good lectures and cares if his/her student absorbs anything out of it...
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    Improving Reading Speed?

    I think I'm similar, except I don't really plan on changing it. Actually, when I noticed I just speed read a text I go over it again (especially on textbooks) since I'm pretty sure I haven't understood it that much in depth.
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    Choosing From The Sciences

    Well yeah, I think chemistry is a pretty safe option since it can net you industry jobs just in case you want to put your higher education on hold after getting the degree. Also, it complements biology, especially molecular biology (it's like biochemistry if I'm not mistaken).
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    Choosing From The Sciences

    Well, If he's serious with being a 'scientist', he'd probably be stuck in academia teaching and doing research. But if you'll ask me I'm fine with that.
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    Choosing From The Sciences

    I think if you want to have a career in sciences, majoring in physics as an undergrad isn't a very bad choice, I'd even say you can't go wrong with it. You get a significant knowledge in science (physics), mathematics, and even some programming. Whereas, if you major in biology for your...
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    Is mathematics a young man's game?

    I think everybody who's seriously trying to pursue a career in academia or even someone who just want to do good in science in math should read this thread. I'm quite surprised that most people who posted their experiences and anecdotes parallels mine's. I'm also having a hard time on my...
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    Test taking anxiety/problems

    You are definitely not alone in this, I was about to make a thread about this but then I saw your post. A week ago I just had a test on physics and math, I barely passed it and it's truly disappointing how bad I did considering that I studied and prepared for it. When I look back to my papers...
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    Is it normal for students to have a bad first year GPA?

    This thread is relevant to my interest. I fell from the same trap during my first year in the university, in which I did things there like I was still in high school. I got mediocre GPA during the first semester, but luckily things went a bit well for me the following semesters. Though it took...
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    Learning to study 101

    I think everybody just meant to be against 'rote learning', that is, heavy dependence to memorization.
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    Courses Does Physics course teach basic computing skills?

    I haven't reached far from the program myself yet but it's a no brainer that you should get as much math skills and knowledge (preferably as far as calculus) as you can before entering college. Programming skills is a huge plus (though, computational physics is something I'm yet to take)
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    Courses Does Physics course teach basic computing skills?

    From what I know it really is important, but I think it's assumed that you already know how to program when you are a physics major. You pretty much have to study it by yourself.
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    Learning to study 101

    I've handled bio classes with ease in the past, but I never really had to memorize hard-core. It's more about comprehension and making some sense with what I'm reading, it sticks with my head effectively. Except if it's anatomy, that stuff is a bit annoying.
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