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Average IQ of a physicist/mathematician

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    Hi, i was just wondering what is the average iq of a physicist?
    Just asking because i am only 12 yo and i really want a career in mathematics/physics.
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2

    micromass

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    Don't worry about IQ, it's just a meaningless number. If you want to be a physicist, then go for it.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3
    If you're smart enough to know what physics is at the age of 12, then you're definitely up for it.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4
    Haha, your probably right but its nothing wrong with my iq at all i am a mensa member so i was just wondering:D
     
  6. Mar 11, 2013 #5
    IQ alone is irrelevant generally, although correlations certainly exist. An IQ of 170 offers few intellectual impediments to getting a PhD in any field, and many with IQ less than 120 get get one.

    But, no test score, no matter how high, is enough to get a Ph.D. in any field. Love of learning, dedication, focus and hard work are other key ingredients.
     
  7. Mar 11, 2013 #6
    Mensa? :yuck:

    A club for a bunch of people with stuffed shirts.
     
  8. Mar 11, 2013 #7

    WannabeNewton

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    Isn't it a bit early in the day to be trolling? :wink:
     
  9. Mar 11, 2013 #8

    micromass

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    That depends on who you're trolling...
     
  10. Mar 11, 2013 #9

    WannabeNewton

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    Marry me o:)
     
  11. Mar 11, 2013 #10

    Evo

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    Get a room you guys!!! :smile:
     
  12. Mar 11, 2013 #11

    WannabeNewton

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    Someone's jealous of me and micro's marital status....
     
  13. Mar 11, 2013 #12

    Evo

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    :cry: Don't rub salt into the wound.
     
  14. Mar 11, 2013 #13

    G01

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    I wouldn't worry about your IQ. It really doesn't mean much when it comes to career success. Keep studying science and math and you'll be prepared to do physics when the time comes!
     
  15. Mar 11, 2013 #14
    What do you mean?
     
  16. Mar 11, 2013 #15

    Evo

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    I think he means if you're only 12, you don't understand what MENSA is. It's a group of highly opinionated and political people. It's not an organization that is thought of highly by academics, in general.

    Also, your IQ will most likely decrease as you get older. The IQ tests for children are not the ones given to adults. So don't get too hung up on a number. There are many studies that show "child genius" starts to drop after age 14 anyway. Many members here exceed your "IQ" results, but you won't hear them talking about it.

    What counts is your motivation and desire to learn. Your interests may change as you gain more knowledge and mature. So keep an open mind and follow your instincts.

    I finished high school when I was 14, and I can't hold a candle to most people on this forum. Knowing what you don't know is far more important than what you think you know. If only I had access to people like the ones on this forum, my world would have changed.

    Take advantage of the incredible opportunity this forum offers to students. Leave any thougts of IQ at the door and enjoy what the amazing people at this forum can offer you.

    And don't ask me for help, I have a business degree. :frown:
     
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  17. Mar 11, 2013 #16

    WannabeNewton

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    Why was I never told this?! I think this is reason enough to leave micro for you
     
  18. Mar 11, 2013 #17

    Evo

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    But micro is a math genius, you could never really love me knowing that.
     
  19. Mar 11, 2013 #18

    WannabeNewton

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    Yeah but he also has like 50 cats and thinks Kate Upton is unattractive.
     
  20. Mar 11, 2013 #19

    Evo

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    LOL, he has 2 cats. Don't know about Kate Upton. :tongue:
     
  21. Mar 11, 2013 #20

    WannabeNewton

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    2 cats 50 cats whats the difference they're still not as awesome as chacha
     
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