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I've moved to Argentina (I was living in France then) about 2 years ago and started university in the beginning of 2007. I'm applying for a Bachelor's degree in physics and it lasts 5 years, that is 2 years more than in most countries. I can say that I had a lot of difficulties adaptating me to the university's student life and study habits, so that I didn't do that well in the first year and I'm retaking 2 matters (physics I and algebra II) of the first year. Hopefully I'll finish the first year in december.

Sincelery I don't know the level of my faculty when it comes to its quality but I guess it's not that bad.

So my question is ... what do you think of the grade I'll get? Because I plan to apply for a master and then a doctorate (that's my dream) in Canada or France. So my background is very important to me.

Here are the matters by year :

First year :

Introduction to physics

Algebra I

Mathematical analysis I

Algebra II

Mathematical analysis II

General Physics I

Second year :

Numerical analysis

General physics II

Mathematical analysis III

Mathematical analysis IV

General physics III

Third year :

Electromagnetism I

General Physics IV

Mechanics

Electromagnetism II

Mathematical methods of physics

Modern physics I

Fourth year :

Modern physics II

Quantum mechanics I

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics I

Speciality I

Quantum mechanics II

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics II

Fifth year :

Speciality II

Speciality III

Ok, I must precise a lot of things, but I don't know everything about the matters.

In the first year we saw calculus I and II, linear algebra (vector spaces, matrix and so on). General physics I is newtonian mechanics and rigid body.

I've heard that general physics II is heat, fluids and stuff like that. For general physics III : electromagnetism up till Maxwell's equations (in the last course). General physics IV is optic.

Mechanics is a formalism of general physics I and so is Electromagnetism to general physics III. And then I don't know that much. I know that in numerical analysis, along with the theoritical course we have a programing part in fortran 90.

And the last year generally lasts more than 1 year because I'll have to write a thesis-like paper. Hopefully I'll be specialized in quantum mechanics, but I can't say it with certainty today.

I guess there's too few information to conclude especially due to the fact that I've few information about what I'll be involved in.

I can add that every final exam of physics is made of a writing part (exercises), an oral part and a laboratory part and I have to get more than 4/10 in each sections otherwise I'll have to pass it again.

Also, can you tell me what would be a good average grades? I guess that more than 8/10 is a great average but extremely difficult to reach. On about 150 people who start this degree by year, only 3 will success (in average). So the degree is not given to anybody and I think that when you reach it, you really know almost all the basic stuff and more of physics.

Thanks for your time and sincerity.

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