What is Physics student: Definition and 86 Discussions

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association with international participation, granting membership through college chapters with the only requirement that the student member be interested in physics. All college majors are welcome to join SPS, but the highest representation tends to come from majors in the natural sciences, engineering, and medicine.

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    Admissions Should I say I'm a full-time data scientist and physics student in my SOP?

    Is it a good or bad idea to mention that I am a full-time physics student while simultaneously a full-time data scientist employee while doing physics research too in my SOP for grad school? Is it seen as too confident or bragging? Or it helps me to say this? Does it make it sound bad if I...
  2. XcgsdV

    Courses Is Pure Mathematics required to be a top-tier Physics student?

    Hey y'all, I'm starting college as a Physics major this fall and I started working through Steve Warner's Pure Mathematics for Beginners in my downtime because I love the math courses I've had, wanted to learn more about proofs and how those things came to be, and most importantly had nothing...
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    Some questions for working Physicists from a curious young Physics student

    What are the majority of days like? Is it always the same everyday or is everyday something brand new? Is there any aspect of this career that you didn’t expect to like that you did? Is there any aspect you didn’t expect to dislike that you did? If you could change one aspect about your job...
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    Physics Career Advice For Final Year Physics Student (UK)

    Hi Everyone, As the title suggests, I'm looking for some career advice. I want to go into software development (but feel free to suggest any other areas where I might be a good fit, I've also been looking at risk analysis positions). I have experience in a bunch of different areas but it feels...
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    Help, new physics student looking for advice

    Hi All I have just joined, i am a physics student & very much look forward to hearing more about , i am currently studying at Queen Mary's University in London but look to travel to other areas to learn more about the world of physics, however i was wondering, in 2022 I am looking to go &...
  6. Limebat

    Newbie Physics Student Asks: Does Vapor to Ice Change Acceleration/Velocity?

    *My bad if this question is a tad ree ree. I've just completed my first year of college and am still inexperienced. I just study physics for fun.* My intuition says the momentum of the water vapor is still conserved during the phase shift, as this question most probably relates to the...
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    Other Physics Publications (Christmas gift for Undergrad Physics student)

    Good Day, I am the parent of a first year undergraduate physics student and I was thinking of gifting him a Physics magazine subscription for Christmas but I've come across several (primarily Physics Today and Physics World). Is there one you would recommend in particular? Also we are in Canada...
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    Classical Textbook Suggestions for a Physics Student with Little Experience

    Hello everyone! Before I begin, I would like to thank you for helping me by responding or just being intrigued by this. I’m a high school student who wants to basically have a very deep understanding of classical mechanics (for f=ma exam and ultimately my dream). My only experience with physics...
  9. Harold139

    What low cost project can a physics student embark on?

    Summary: i am studying industrial physics and renewable energy. i need a project i can easily do that is not too expensive and not very complex. Thanks i am studying industrial physics and renewable energy. i need a project i can easily do that is not too expensive and not very complex. Thanks
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    Programs Advice for 2nd Year Physics Student on Pursuing Medical Physics

    Hello fine friends, I'm looking for some advice. I'm a second year physics student and my GPA is 3.66. I currently work full time in sleep medicine as a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) and really enjoy working with patients, treating their sleep disorders, and, essentially...
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    Admissions Help Needed: Seeking a PhD in the UK - Italian Physics Student

    Hi everyone! I'm an physics italian student, and I was looking for a phd in the UK. I hope that someone of you can help me to understand the procedure to follow. I expect to graduate in July-September 2019, and I would to know if i have to had already the title for apply for a phd which start on...
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    News Holiday trip for physics student

    Hi everyone, do you know a trip/educational trip to do in summer for a 1st year undergraduate student in Physics (in Europe)? I've heard about CERN summer students' school, but I think it' s alittoe bit too advanced for my knowledge of the subject.
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    Is Wikipedia a reliable reference for the physics student?

    In the past, many others have asked this same question. Some teachers and professors have discouraged using Wikipedia. Articles in Wikipedia are followed by a list of books and references for further study. Except for string theory and loop quantum gravity theory, physics is less "political"...
  14. CollinsArg

    Other How to be a good Physics student?

    Hello, I'm from Argentina, freshman in the university studing Physics. I realized there are very smart people and even teachers and experimentalist in this forum which I like a lot. And I wanted to take advantage of it, and ask you for advices that can help me to do well in the career and avoid...
  15. sa1988

    Engineering Physics student going for engineering internships?

    I'm looking for summer internships and have been in touch with IASTE China who said they could probably find me positions in: - Industrial engineering - Mechanical engineering - Software engineering TL;DR: Looking for input from physics grads who've gone into these areas of industry. How...
  16. Const@ntine

    Could a Mac be useful for a physics student?

    Hey there! As the title implies, I'm looking for a new computer, and I'm thinking of going with a MAC this time. See, I'm in my first Semester of Physics (here we don't take courses per se, we get into a specific branch of a University and we attend the lectures mandated by said branch, we can't...
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    Programs Advice Request for a Fresh Physics Student

    Hi everyone, So to provide some background, I'm a 20 year old student in a community college who is about to transfer to a 4 year school in the coming winter. My interest in physics is fairly recent, as I was planning on becoming an astronomer when I entered college, but took an algebra based...
  18. bocces

    Courses Help an Undergrad Physics student decide on Electives

    Hey all, I'm an Applied Physics Undergrad who just finished first year and I ended up with a 2:1, which is grand. Anyway, in second year we have to pick between two electives, Physical Chemistry 3 or Sensors & Actuators. Then again in third year you have either Physical Chemistry 4 or...
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    Studying Should I work at a machine lab as a Physics student?

    I have a machine lab at my university and I have heard that if you want to be an experimental Physicist, then it's a good idea to get some experience in the Machine Shop for it would help not only your skills, but also your CV when you apply for grad school. Is it so? Thanks!
  20. kiwi-awoo

    Courses Hopelessly indecisive physics student -- help please

    Hello PF I'm a regular lurker here :whale: nice to have the chance to make a topic so please respond! even if you don't have much good advice I'm sure you can dig in I'm going into my third year BSc physics next year and I'm trying to choose my courses, problem is I'm very indecisive so I want...
  21. angryzeena

    Mother of a grade 12 physics student

    We are looking for help with grade 12 physics - starting with tension problems
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    Second Year Physics Student Seeking Advice on Math Courses

    Hello everyone. I am a second year physics student at a large research university in Ontario. The math courses required for my degree are Calc 1,2,3 and vector calc, linear algebra, ODEs and PDEs. I have taken linear algebra, calc 1-2 and stats (not required) and am currently taking calc 3, ODEs...
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    Which math courses should i take as a physics student?

    I'm trying to decide which math course to take for next term. The one's I think could possibly be useful are: PDE: Seem to focus on numerical methods. Existance, uniqueness, stability, Galerkin methods, Variation formulation, FEM are a few words from the course description. While studying PDE...
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    Navigating the First Year of Physics: Tips and Tricks for Success

    I signed up for my first semester classes and I'm in the first calculus based physics class. I took calculus in high school, but my physics classes weren't all that intensive in my opinion. Well, I guess that's what you get when your teacher has to teach 8 classes and work as a lab technician in...
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    Exploring the Universe: A Freshman Physics Student's Journey at U de A, Colombia

    ¡Good night! My name is Juan David Tobón and I begun studying physics this year at the "Universidad de Antioquía" here in Colombía. I created an account on this forums so I can practice my english (I hope I haven't write anything wrong) and talk with you all about our universe and learn the...
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    Overcome Fear of Asking for Help in Physics Class

    I'm struggling in my intro physics classe because I cannot bring myself to participate in class discussions or seek help from others when I'm confused. I was afraid of looking stupid by saying something wrong in class and looking incompetent by asking for help. This "strategy" has blown up in my...
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    Physics Struggles? Don't Give Up!: Worried Physics Student

    I am currently a physics undergrad and I thought I was good at physics. In high school I was pretty proficient in physics and got good grades without studying. My first semester in college I got 2 C's (in calc and physics) but that was because I did not study a lot. This semester I thought I was...
  28. WillofMalazan

    Advice for a Non-Traditional Physics Student

    I am currently a Junior at a small, private college in North Carolina. I am going to my school because it is 25 minutes from my house, so I can commute rather easily. I am majoring in Physics, since the school doesn't offer degrees in Engineering. However, I do plan on getting my Master's in...
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    Physics researcher/student needing new laptop

    Hello, I'm a physics student (currently a senior in college, planning on going to graduate school for a Ph.D.). My current laptop is encountering major problems, mostly small things that make it not worth investing more money into the laptop, given that it's already old. I currently do...
  30. R

    How difficult is Topology for a pure Physics student?

    Hi, I'm hoping someone here can shed some light, I'm currently in my 3rd year of my Physics degree and have discovered I really don't have the mind to memorise / reproduce paragraphs of text. Even if I understand the concepts it takes me a LONG time for my brain to take text in. Maths however I...
  31. S

    Are Weather Patterns Affecting Exam Preparation in Russia?

    Hi all! My name is Ivan and I'm undergraduate student from Russia how likes theoretical phycics :)
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    Career advice for a Swedish undergrad physics student

    I'm a Swedish undergrad physics student who needs help to decide on possible career paths. I've read a lot of the threads here in Career Guidance, and it has been very helpful but some questions remain. I have thought a lot about what I want and why, and also what I don't want, but since I don't...
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    What are the alternative career options in astrophysics besides research?

    Hello everyone! I'm a junior at the University of Michigan, currently on a path to double major in Physics and Astronomy, which would be followed by grad school for a Ph.D. in astrophysics (if all goes well). My entire life I thought I wanted to be an astrophysicist, but I'm beginning to become...
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    A physics student is sitting on a rotating platform angular velocity question

    Homework Statement A physics student is sitting on a rotating platform. He is holding a heavy weight in each of his outstretched hands. At request of his physics instructor(!) he carries out various manoeuvres to try to change his angular velocity. Which of the following scenarios are described...
  35. UUCCO

    Mathematics Major: Career Options for a Frustrated Physics Student

    :mad: I can't stand physics anymore, I'll change my major to Mathematics. Anyone knows the careers for Mathematics major?:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
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    KTH, Royal Institute of Technology Space/plasma physics student

    HEllo all, I'm a student who has got selected to study KTH, Royal Institute of Technology Sweden. I will be studying, space and plasma physics and space technology. I'm a non-eu student. Because of that I have to pay 16500 euros which is totally out of my reach. I applied to Swedish...
  37. F

    Proof based math for physics student

    Hello. I find myself struggling in my first proof based math class, number theory. I have taken math up to linear algebra and differential equations. It is elementary number theory so it really should not be that hard. It was probably the easiest class available that was proof based. However...
  38. tsuwal

    I'm a Portuguese physics student willing to know people like me

    Hi everyone. I am using some of my summer free time to learn about new subjects in Edx, Coursera, watching TED talks, reading some interesting books to refresh my mind and trying to have some fun too. I would like to meet people like me that like that are curious and like to learn. I'm thinking...
  39. Arsenic&Lace

    I'm an average physics student. Where to go from here?

    I would classify myself as an average second year student with middling grades (essentially a 3.55 both in major and cumulative). It seems to me that if you want to be a physicist of any kind, you need such monumental passion and focus that an average student perhaps should not even bother. I'm...
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    Lost physics student problem with vectors

    Homework Statement These are two problems my professor has given me to do. I'm not very good at physics and could use a little help. 1. Sir Killalot's foe Dead Metal is due north of Sir Killalot's position and at a distance of 12m. Dead Metal moves 15m at an angle of 30 degress to a new...
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    Physics Jobs for a 1st year physics student?

    Hi everyone, I am in my first semester, and am looking at needing to find a job soon. I have worked in retail and hospitality during my previous studies, but am hoping that there will be brighter work opportunities for me as an undergrad. Do you think there are jobs out there, suitable and...
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    Welcome! Third Year Physics Student Here.

    Hello! I'm a third year student studying physics. My spring semester has begun and I believe I'll be frequenting this site more often. I suspect the classes that'll give me the most trouble are quantum, EM and solid state. I hope this can be the place to get assistance along with helping...
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    Physics Look for a job while being an undergraduate Physics student

    I am currently a Physics B.S. undergraduate student living in New York City. I am also looking for a job while I continue my studies. My major is Physics B.S. and my minor is Mathematics. I also have a very basic C++, Javascript, HTML, and CSS knowledge. I also have a very good typing speed of...
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    The right mindset for an undergraduate physics student

    I see a lot of comments or threads by people who are looking to take Physics at university for some particular reason or another. I'm generally interested in Physics, I don't know what I want to be at the end of it, I haven't got some sort of theory I want to prove and achieve this by...
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    Programs Navigating Cambridge Programs & Scholarships as an American Physics Student

    I want to apply to Cambridge as well as for the Gates Cambridge scholarship. However, I am unsure of which programs I am eligible for as an American student with a 4 year bachelor of science in physics from a strong liberal arts college. I believe that in Europe, a bachelor's degree is three...
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    What Are the Best Books for a Future Physics Student to Study Over Summer?

    In the fall i will be starting my physics degree. I would like to begin studying over the summer because i really don't have much better to do. In high school I took up to pre-calculus, so I would like some books to begin learning calc, and then physics books to study after i learn some calculus...
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    Schools Frustrated Physics Student in Spain: How Do My US Grad School Chances Look?

    I recently got back my final marks for the first half of my courses (3rd year physics in Spain) and am getting a little frustrated at the fact that my marks don't reflect the work I've put into them. Grades in my country's system work as follows: "Aprobado" (5.0-6.9/10) "Notable"...
  48. W

    Post-grad advice for current undergrad physics student please

    Hello, I'm a rising junior at Notre Dame, and I'm trying decide between two (maybe three?) career paths. There are some really knowledgeable people on here, so I wanted to ask for your advice in which path I should take. A little background: I took physics because I've always had a fascination...
  49. B

    Books To Inspire a Beginnig Physics Student

    What books would you encourage a physics student to read, that you overall enjoyed. It doesn't just have to be about physics. I'm currently reading, "Euclid's Window" and it is almost all about Math, which I have no problem with. I guess what I'm asking is what should I read (or watch, or do)...
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    Physics Doubts about my own career (physics student)

    Hi everyone, I have posted one or two questions in classical physics, but I'm basically new here. I'm relatively new physics student. I've been studying physics in university about a year by no, although the interest in physics comes from far behind. I'm relatively good at maths, although...