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Best online QM/QFT courses/tutoring

  1. Jul 16, 2017 #1
    What is the best online QM/QFT courses or tutoring web sites? And who among you have taken this path before or ongoing now?

    In my high school. We were not even taught calculus. The most is just trigonometry in our senior years. I took up business management in college and we only had one subject in calculus. This was the only math subject I had and this occured over 25 years ago.

    I know not taking up physics course is the worse regret in my life. I want to catch up. I want to eventually go into quantum gravity and contribute papers like Rovelli. Can one submit papers after finishing a full online QM/QFT course. What options do i have? I'm asking in this QM forum to also get feedback from those who actually have taken online QM/QFT course or tutor. How was the experience and were you satisfied?

    Thank you.
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    You can't go straight from nothing to a course in QFT, or even QM. You've got several years worth of math and physics to learn first, or it won't make any sense. And no, it's extremely unlikely you'll be able to come up with anything original after an intro class in a subject, and very difficult to do on your own as well. Look into MIT's Open Courseware and start at the beginning.
  4. Jul 16, 2017 #3

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    Eri is right.

    Rovelli got a bachelors, a PhD, a postdoc, and then spent 20+ years working. You are not going to match that with a single online class. Put another way, you are proposing to put in 1% as much work. Do you really think you're 100x smarter?
  5. Jul 16, 2017 #4
    I spent or wasted the past 15 years reading quantum interpretations. How many years of education before one can get a Ph.D. and start working at the LHC? It is more or less years than being a doctor?

    Real physics begins after quantum gravity... these are all just lower limit of something...
  6. Jul 16, 2017 #5

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    Starting from zero as you have indicated to a PhD and working at LHC is a minimum of 10 years of full time effort, more like 15.
  7. Jul 17, 2017 #6
    Are there universities where they can enroll you and all your subjects are strictly physics subjects or related to it? because I already took up business administration in college and I don't want to repeat having to learnt social studies, histories, literature, accounting, language and all those minor subjects in any undergraduate course in any school.. and what terms do you call this course that is strictly physics.. is it also known as post graduate education?

    After when one first works at LHC, how long before one can suggest experiments to perform?
  8. Jul 17, 2017 #7

    Dr Transport

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    With a 25 year lag between degrees, you might be lucky to get about half of the non-technical courses waived, maybe. At best that might take a year off of an undergrad degree, remember that there are prerequisites for courses and frankly any other than a progeny couldn't do more than 2 physics courses and the associated math courses a semester. Starting from no calculus, you'd be hard pressed to get going on the core courses in less than two years.

    Again in graduate school, there are prerequisites, and you'd be lucky to get through them in less than two years. My estimate still stands, 10 years at best.
  9. Jul 17, 2017 #8
    In my business administration college days. I was so bored with the subjects that I didn't study well so I didn't have high grades. And add to 25 years lag. What universities can still accept me? How best to tell them that I want physics post graduate course but need to take all the undergraduate math physics prerequisite subjects.. and what orders of math needed to be learnt? Please list them if someone has them.

    Also what is the requirement to be employed at LHC? Do they need certain average grade point.. who has actually applied at LHC here? please share your experience.
  10. Jul 19, 2017 #9


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    You'd be starting over on a new bachelors degree. Most schools will not accept classes for credit you took more than 10 years ago. Your best bet would be a local state university. If you don't want to study anything except physics, don't bother looking at schools in the US. That's a more European model.

    Getting a job at any research facility or institution requires applying for that job. They will look at your transcripts, publications, and references. No, it's not about GPA. Everyone getting a PhD has to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 anyway, but your research is what really matters when applying for research jobs.
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