CSM Physics Harder than MIT's?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the difficulty and ranking of Colorado School of Mines' physics program compared to MIT's. It is mentioned that CSM's physics program is considered harder, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is better. The conversation then shifts to a question about MIT's physics program and the textbook used for their honors freshman physics course. It is mentioned that the textbook used for honors E&M is Purcell and the conversation concludes with a suggestion to check MIT's physics webpage or opencourseware pages for more information about the textbooks used for their courses.
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I just heard this, but I heard Colorado School of Mines physics is ranked harder than MIT's. Does any goes to mines?
 
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Ranked better, or tougher?
 
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yeah, harder does not necessarily mean better.
 
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Question about MIT physics: It's my understanding that they use Kleppner's mechanics book for honors freshman physics. What do they use after that for the rest of lower division physics?

And you bet those CSM physics students work hard...
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Daverz, honors E&M uses Purcell (though certain of the freshman learning communities have used Griffiths)

beyond that, I don't know. I bet the physics webpage would have a listing and certainly the open courseware pages will list the text.
 
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opencourseware also has the name for the text used for everyone of their courses listed there.
 

1. Why is CSM Physics considered harder than MIT's?

There are a few reasons why CSM Physics is considered to be more challenging than MIT's. First, CSM has a strong focus on hands-on, experimental learning, which can be more difficult for some students compared to the theoretical approach at MIT. Additionally, CSM's curriculum is more rigorous and requires a deeper understanding of core physics concepts. Lastly, CSM has a smaller class size, meaning students receive more individual attention and are held to a higher standard of performance.

2. How does the difficulty of CSM Physics compare to other top universities?

CSM's Physics program is consistently ranked among the top in the nation, and is often considered on par with other prestigious institutions such as MIT, Caltech, and Stanford. However, due to the hands-on nature of the program and smaller class size, some may argue that CSM's Physics is more challenging.

3. What makes CSM's Physics program unique?

CSM's Physics program is known for its emphasis on experimental learning and its rigorous curriculum. In addition, CSM has a strong focus on undergraduate research opportunities, allowing students to gain hands-on experience and work closely with faculty members. The program also offers a wide range of electives and specialized tracks, allowing students to tailor their education to their interests and career goals.

4. Is CSM Physics worth the additional difficulty?

This is a subjective question, as the value of a degree can vary for each individual. However, many students believe that the challenging curriculum and hands-on experience at CSM provide a unique and valuable education that prepares them for success in their future careers or graduate studies.

5. How can students succeed in CSM's Physics program?

To succeed in CSM's Physics program, students should be prepared to work hard and have a strong foundation in mathematics and physics. It is also important to take advantage of the resources available, such as office hours with professors and study groups with peers. Time management, problem-solving skills, and a passion for the subject are also key to success in the program.

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