What is Academics: Definition and 33 Discussions

An academy (Attic Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια; Koine Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of secondary or tertiary higher learning, research, or honorary membership. The name traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.

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  1. L

    Admissions Academics gap: Looking for 2nd M.Sc Physics degree or a PhD Physics?

    Hi everyone, I finished M.Sc Physics by "Research" at a UK university during the academic year of 2015. I am an international student from India. As I did not do well in my oral presentation defending my M.Sc thesis (but it was not worst), as a result, I got a pass degree. Before the day or...
  2. J

    Physics Research for Undergraduate Physicists not looking to go into academics

    I'm a second year undergraduate theoretical physics student. I really enjoy physics and if I'm perfectly honest I'm not certain whether or not I want to pursue a career in academics or not. However, I've had a question on my mind relating to research experience required for careers outside of...
  3. jlmccart03

    Other GPA is low, but I love physics, what should I do?

    The title says it all. I am a sophomore with a flailing GPA. It’s currently at 2.2 since I keep getting C’s in literally everything. I have gone to professors, advisors, and other academic officials in the hope they would help. All I got was the same old same old. Study harder, read the book...
  4. E

    Schools Grad School Advice -- Physics MS or PhD?

    I am going to be majoring in Engineering Physics at the School of Mines in Colorado. I also want to major in CS, seeing as I am a female and already considered worth less than my male counterparts [salary-wise]. I might be thinking ahead, I am taking the required science still to get into a...
  5. S

    Programs PhD programs -- I’m interested in both astrophysics and AMO physics

    Hi everyone, l have a situation and l thought you could help me. Actually, l live in the U.S. and want to apply for several phd programs, but I’m interested in both astrophysics and AMO physics, and l can’t decide which track l should pursue a phd in. I’ve talked to several professors from my...
  6. bakerino

    Schools Scared about college -- First time I've been scared of academics

    I've always been the "Doesn't study but does well" type. Not only have I been informed of this being basically impossible in college, but I've also learned that my major, (Computer Engineering) is quite a bit of work. This I do not mind. I enjoy the work. What I worry about, is being able to...
  7. Eucliddo

    Exploring Career Paths: Master's Degree or Industry Experience?

    I'm currently working as a design engineer in an auto-components company in the Philippines. I just recently got my license last October and just got newly hired there. The working schedule is light and the environment is good. The training really develops my electronics ability. I want to...
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    Average time per week early-career academics in the US work?

    Hello. I've got two questions: 1) In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD in astronomy work? 2) In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work? Thanks in advance for your answers.
  9. neosoul

    Master's or PhD in Nuclear Engineering & more advice

    PF, I am a junior physics major hoping to work in nuclear engineering. The problem is that I would like to stay in school to get a PhD. I have a love of learning. However, I would like to get a Master's degree to start working and making a living earlier. I would not like to work in academia...
  10. N

    Transferring to a decent school from a California CC

    Hey Y'all! I apologize for the length of my post, but it is an issue that has been causing me a lot of stress! I'm currently a sophomore student at a California community college and I intend to transfer into an undergrad Physics program. I really would prefer to go out of state and have always...
  11. C

    How can I do physics with a delayed education?

    I'm 21 years old, living in India. Due to my psychiatrists misdiagnosing my illness, I was given the wrong medicines, and due to the mental damage caused by them, my academic record is terrible. I technically haven't even passed 12th grade. Due to personal and financial issues, I can't go to...
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    Programs Mechanical + Electrical Double Major

    Currently, I'm going into electrical engineering, but I've been considering a double major with mechanical engineering. I'm taking a statics course right now and am really enjoying it. It definitely seems like something in which I'd be interested. If anyone is doing this, studying either major...
  13. Cosmology2015

    Is it too late for me to study physics at 27 years old?

    Hello, I am senior in electrical engineering course. However, my dream has always been to study physics. I am worried because I am 27 years and have no contact with the main physical disciplines such as classical mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, among others. Which means I will need to study...
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    Appropriate workload? (number of quizzes specifically)

    There are numerous topics that I want to discuss regarding workload, grading outlines..etc, but the number and frequency of quizzes is bugging me the most. College students are supposed to expect to be put under constant pressure, and study on regular (daily) basis; revising notes and doing...
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    Academics & Dyslexia: Tips & Advice for Higher Education

    hey guys new to the forum so hi! Name is Luke from uk aged 25. Nice to meet you. Wondering if you would be kind enough to help me. i would love to one day study at a top university. I love science and history. Such a shame I have to choose but physics is where I enjoy the most. I didn't do great...
  16. C

    Programs Physics major general career and academics help

    Hello everyone, First post here, so let me introduce myself. My name is Cameron Roberts, as I believe will show next to my post. I currently study at the University of Alabama as a Physics major with a somewhat undecided minor. I intend to get my Ph.D and work on the Bose-Einstein Condensate...
  17. T

    Overcoming Challenges: Balancing Work & Academics

    Hi people! First of all, thanks for the patience and sorry for my bad english, It's not my native tongue, i'll do my best not to mess up. I want to share with you this doubt, and i think this is the correct thread. I've been "paused" in my academic career for almost 5 years...meanwhile...
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    Chances of Getting into PhD Program in Comp. Physics: 3.5 GPA, Top 20 LAC

    PF Resident Academics... I'd like to gauge my chances, seeing as there doesn't seem to be a large amount of statistics concerning phD acceptance. I was wondering if you guys(or anyone extensively knowledgeable on the subject) could give me some insight on the quality of students accepted into...
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    Schools Academics at European Universities and Career Tracks

    I'm looking for some advice. I'm currently taking a fair amount of mathematics and physics courses in my second year of college. I'm not really sure what I want to do yet. If I end up majoring in mathematics, I may just find a field where I can apply what I've learned. The same goes for physics...
  20. n.karthick

    Is it correct to give top priority for survival in academics?

    Hi, I am a postgraduate student doing Master of Science(by research) in a reputed Institute in India. I registered for my course on January 2008 and I have not yet completed my course. The requirement for completion of this course is to get a research paper published in reputed journal...
  21. P

    Academics has torn my only friends apart from me

    I'm a 3rd year student studying physics, and my only friends have kicked me out of their group. I take a few of the same classes that they do, but most of my other classes are physics classes, while they are engineers. I've been getting good grades in them, with the exception of 2 semesters ago...
  22. F

    Schools College academics vs high school

    From what I understand, when a person attends post-secondary education either at a university or community college, they are required to partake in a "core curriculum" on top of their major and minor. This curriculum consists of English, history, science, and math. Just like in high school. How...
  23. J

    Improving Academic Success: Tips for Tackling Science and Engineering Courses

    Okay, kind of new at this but here goes, I am currently taking a hiatus year. I left off my first year of chemical Engineering. I finished everything except for Vector Calculus. I retook differential and integral calculus, passed all of my gen chem stuff, took Newtonian physics, passed, and did...
  24. B

    Confused about future in academics and career

    Hey everyone. I'm a senior in high school and need some serious guidance for my future major and job. I can say that I'm a very good student, academically, yet I lack the passion for anything right now. I want my knowledge to be powerful, on a level where it impacts the world. There are very...
  25. P

    Physics Two Majors, One Minor: Balancing Academics and Career Prospects

    I am currently about half way through the process of getting a physics degree (emphasized in cosmology) and a applied math degree (emphasized in quantum mechanics). Now my parents think that these two majors are useless in getting jobs, and wants me to study something that will help me get a...
  26. E

    Finding a Job in Physics Without Academics

    hello, I'm a 12th grader that wants to find a job in the physics field. i was wandering if anyone has an idea for what i can do, without any academic education, that can be both interesting for me and that i can earn a little money doing so? i am basically familliar with meny concepts in physics...
  27. R

    Really confused on the academics of physics

    Hi there! I am new to the forum. My names Rana, I live in Seattle, and I am currently enrolled at a community college right now where for the last year or so I've been dedicated to going into the field of neuroscience,...but...I had one of those college "mid-life crisis", and now all I...
  28. N

    High IQ turns academics into atheists

    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=402381&c=2 I know that correlation doesn't necessarily imply causation, but it would be interesting if further study was being done. Does anyone know of any additional research in this area?
  29. T

    Academic Work: Pressure-Free Environment?

    Is it true that working as an academic, there is no ugly pressure as there is from working in a private organisation.
  30. K

    Courses Would an accelerated course hurt academics?

    My school district has finally opened up the option to us of taking a summer course (not remedial) in order to get ahead a level, and if you take a math class over the summer, you will be given a math placement test at the end to see if you will stay on track with the rest of the peopl who...
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    How do high level academics acquire and integrate information?

    I recently have begun taking university classes again, and I have been reminded of the impressive breadth and depth of knowledge wielded by professors. I'm interested in getting some insight into how they do it, both because it's an interesting question in its own right and because I would like...
  32. JasonJo

    How can I find consistency and reach my full potential in academics?

    i am very confused about the direction of my life right now. i want to be a mathematician or a physicist or an economist. the confusion doesn't come from the 3 fields i love, its the fact that i pull off good grades with minimal effort, but i can't ever seem to reach the level i want to...