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  1. Jun 22, 2003 #1
    Just curious, what are some of all your tough college schedules (physics related preferrably, but all others are welcome)

    My schedule (which won't be tough) is:

    Engineering Seminar 7:30a-8:20 T
    Engineering Graphics 10:30a-11:45 TR
    Engineering Graphics Lab 3:30p-5:00 R
    Calculus I 12:00p-12:50 MTWRF
    Chemistry I 8:30a-9:20 MWF
    Chemistry I Lab 6:30p-9:00 R

    it should be fun. My major is engineering, as you can see.

    Next year I am transferring to a college that allows for a double major - engineering and physics.
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  3. Jun 22, 2003 #2
    Calc/Analytic Geometry MTWTF
    Visual System Development MW
    Electronic Info Retrieval MW
    Understand/Use Fin Statement MT
    Organizations MT
  4. Jun 23, 2003 #3
    Next semester I'm taking...

    ASTR 340 Spherical Astronomy
    MATH 342A Methods Applied Math I
    PHYS 350 Classical Mechanics
    PHYS 354 Modern Physics

    Should be fun, not. :)
  5. Jun 23, 2003 #4


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    My semester:

    ENAE 432 Vibration and Aeroelasticity
    ENAE 441 Space Navigation and Guidance
    ENAE 457 Space Propulsion and Power
    ENAE 483 Principles of Space Systems Design
    ENAE 488E Topics in Aerospace Engineering: Embedded Real-Time Systems

    I have no idea how hard these classes are going to be. I heard that the hardest class in the curriculum is behind me (which is a relief, because I was *thaaaaat* close to stabbing the professor in the head with a #2 pencil).

    The last class is going to be *schweet*
    The final project will be programming the sensors and actuators (using C++) of a robotic submersible and running it in the neutral bouyancy lab.

    I'm totally psyched.
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    Do you know what graphics package you're going to be learning, Kyle?
  7. Jun 23, 2003 #6
    Hardest schedule I've had so far was last semester:

    Linear Algebra: 8:00AM MWF =B (missed the final due to vomitting)
    Advance Comp English: 9:00AM MWF = B
    Basic Astronomy: 10:00AM MWF = A
    Political Science: 11:00AM MWF = B
    Speech: 6:00PM-9:50PM M = B
    Thermo/light Physics: 7:40AM TTh = A
    Basic Music: 9:30AM TTH = A
    Circuit Analysis: 12:30PM = A

    It was mainly GE, but it was still tough.

    I was disappointed in my grades, was close to getting A's in the classes I got B's in.

    I don't know how many classes I'll take next quarter at UC Davis. I'd like a big load though. I get my classes this thursday.
  8. Jun 23, 2003 #7
    Unfortunately not. Soon I will, I think.

    Perhaps you could give me an idea of what kind there are to offer. I want to do something in astronomy and/or physics, not engineering, this is the only option in that area that the college my parents are making me attend my first year offers.
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    Computer Graphics/Drafting packages interrest me a bit, because I'm paying my way through school as a CAD monkey... er... drafter. That's why I asked.

    If the class is any good they'll teach you ProEngineer (most likely as it's an industry standard), Solid Works, Solid Edge (both are less well known than ProE, but less expensive and not quite as powerful), or Catia (REALLY powerful software, but very expensive and marketed toward specific industries). Get good at any of these, and you can price your worth up at least 5K once you graduate (for engineering disciplines).

    If the class is not so great, you'll end up learning AutoCAD which industry standard for architects and some engineering disciplines. Their standard solid modeling package sucks (no... I mean really sucks. I have done projects for work on it.), and their upgrades are not as extensive other software. Still, it's used a good deal in the field, and will look good on a resume. For any field which deals with building construction, you can bet on needing at least rudimentary knowledge of AutoCAD.

    If the class is bad, you'll learn some other no-name, 2-d, non-parametric drafting software.
  10. Jun 24, 2003 #9
    I try to do my general education requirements in the summer and take all physics and math in the real year. I don't like to mix in the crap with the good stuff.

    last semester:
    quantum mechanics 1
    solid state physics
    statistical mechancis
    electrodynamics 2
    electronics lab

    next semester:
    quantum mechanics 2
    nuclear physics
    senior project (about superconductors)
    real analysis 1
    abstract algebra 1
    error correcting codes
  11. Jun 24, 2003 #10
    I see, now that you tell me exactly what graphics packages are I know we learn ProE and Solid Works, I am fairly certain they won't teach us Catia or AutoCAD, I hope to god not AutoCAD because I have already mastered the program, and decided to use it only for making sketches of my woods projects:smile: It works very well for those but after spending two years in highschool with it, I realized it wasn't the best.

    I would say the only worthwhile upgrade AutoCAD ever made was the transition from command based operations to more menu oriented:smile:.

    Grady, your schedule looks like much more fun than mine In a couple years mine will be similar to that, so no worry!
  12. Jun 24, 2003 #11
    It is fun kyle soule, one good thing about it is that I could much more easily see the connections between solid state, stat mech and quantum when I was taking all classes at once. Most people advised me against this for obvious reasons of course, but i endorse it if you can devote the time to it.
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