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Guidance needed for a math and physics double major

  1. Mar 11, 2008 #1
    I'm currently a sophomore in college double majoring in math and physics and I've been wondering what would be a good grad school for mathematical physics. I have a pretty good math background (calc 1-3, diff-eq, linear algebra, topology, real analysis, functional analysis, abstract algebra, and number theory so far). My background in physics is weaker I think (physics 1 and 2, modern physics, modern physics lab, statistical physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, some quantum computation, and I'm taking quantum mechanics and particle physics next year). I like pretty much all of my math classes except abstract algebra. I also find my physics classes interesting but more challenging. I've gotten all A's in my math classes and A's and B's in my physics classes. Would my background be good enough to even get me into a good grad school? I was also wondering what would be a good area to look into for the future study that would do more with functional analysis. What other classes would you recommend for good grad school prep? Is there anything that uses topology in physics?
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  3. Mar 11, 2008 #2
    All that and you're just a sophomore!? With all those courses taken, how are you only a sophomore credit-wise? In my experience, some of those courses are junior/senior level. I'd say you're doing very well in preparation for graduate school.
  4. Mar 11, 2008 #3


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    Maybe he means he is in his second year.

    jowen6: Just out of curiosity, does your school require you to take classes that are not needed for your major? General education requirements, etc?

    Also to say something about your question and to add to what Laura1013 said:
    I think you are on a great track so far. To make your chances better you should try doing a research project. If you could find something in Mathematical Physics that would be even better.
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  5. Mar 11, 2008 #4
    he probably did dual enrollment in high school and came in to uni with an AA which waives all the bs classes. there was a freshman in lin alg class last semester who did that
  6. Mar 11, 2008 #5
    ice109 is correct
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