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Comparing toughness of physics grad schools

  1. Mar 26, 2009 #1

    Pengwuino

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    Comparing "toughness" of physics grad schools

    I was wondering if anyone knows any good ways of finding out how one's courses (specifically grad classes) stacks up against other universities? My undergrad courses were probably a 5 on a 1-10 scale of what i can imagine would be the typical difficulties you'd see in an American university. Now I enter into my grad first semester QM course and a friend of mine who already received his MS tells me and a couple friends that this professor who teaches the course attempts to put the difficulty at what you'd see at a place like MIT or Princeton. I thought "yah, right, whatever". I start the semester off thinking that hey, it's grad school, it's going to be a new ballgame, a step up, etc etc. From the get-go this class has been like a shotgun blast to the face yet I'm achieving better grades on assignments than ever before (our midterm we just took, I may have been the only one to finish). Thus, I'm really wondering if my friend was right and now I'm looking to see if theres a way to actually compare my program or at least my course with courses at top universities. I highly doubt universities publish their grad course homeworks/test/lectures...

    The thinking behind my professor bumping up the difficulty is supposedly so that since you can only get a MS at my university, they want to produce students that are of the caliber of students entering into any PhD program in the country and wouldn't have to play catchup.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2009 #2
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  4. Mar 26, 2009 #3

    Pengwuino

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    Re: Comparing "toughness" of physics grad schools

    Nice, that prof uses Sakurai too :)
     
  5. Mar 26, 2009 #4
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    im surprised they use modern sakurai and not advanced sakurai.
     
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