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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi!

I'm taking an honours degree in physics next year at the University of Alberta and am registering for courses. This is what my current schedule looks like:

Fall Semester:

http://img16.imageshack.us/i/fallterm2011schedule.png/

Winter Semester:

http://img291.imageshack.us/i/winterterm2012schedule.png/

Course Descriptions:

Functions, continuity, and the derivative. Applications of

the derivative. Extended limits and L’Hospital’s rule.

Systems of linear equations; vectors in Euclidean

n-space; span and linear independence in Euclidean n-space; dot and cross

product; orthogonality; lines and planes; matrix arithmetic; determinants; introduction

to eigenvectors and eigenvalues; introduction to linear transformations; complex

numbers; vector space axioms; subspaces and quotients.

Introduction to the origin and evolution of the

Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle.

Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere,

land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life,

biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle.

Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources.

A calculus-based course for students majoring in

the physical sciences. Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, dynamics,

conservation of momentum and energy, rotational motion and angular momentum;

special relativistic kinematics and dynamics, including length contraction, time

dilation, and the conservation of energy and momentum in special relativity.

A study of sentential logic, including translation,

semantics, decision procedures and natural deduction followed by an introduction

to predicate logic, concentrating on translation.

Integration and the Fundamental Theorum. Techniques

and applications of integration. Derivatives and integrals of the exponential, and

trigonometric functions. Introduction to infinite series. Introduction to partial

derivatives.

OE3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). Review of vector space axioms, subspaces and

quotients; span; linear independence; Gram-Schmidt process; projections; methods

of least squares; linear transformations and their matrix representations with respect

to arbitrary bases; change of basis; eigenvectors and eigenvalues; triangularization

and diagonalization; canonical forms (Schur, Jordan, spectral theorem).

OE3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). The development of our understanding of the

universe, including current models of stellar evolution and cosmology. Emphasis

on understanding the physical processes underlying astronomical phenomena.

Viewing experience will be available using the campus observatory.

A calculus-based course for students majoring in

the physical sciences. Fluid statics and dynamics, elasticity and simple harmonic

motion; sound waves, wave properties of light; quantum waves, wave-particle duality.

OE3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Basic questions concerning the nature of reality.

Topics may include existence, materialism and idealism, freedom and determinism,

appearance and reality, causality, identity, time and space, universals and

particulars.

Do you think Symbolic logic would be a good course to take as an aid to understanding proof-based thinking, etc? Would you recommend a night class (Phil 120) or should I attempt to have all my classes done by 4-5PM.

Any other comments or suggestions would be great. Let me know!

Thank you,

-Sam

I'm taking an honours degree in physics next year at the University of Alberta and am registering for courses. This is what my current schedule looks like:

Fall Semester:

http://img16.imageshack.us/i/fallterm2011schedule.png/

Winter Semester:

http://img291.imageshack.us/i/winterterm2012schedule.png/

Course Descriptions:

__Fall Semester__**MATH 117 - Honors Calculus I**Functions, continuity, and the derivative. Applications of

the derivative. Extended limits and L’Hospital’s rule.

**MATH 127 - Honors Linear Algebra I**Systems of linear equations; vectors in Euclidean

n-space; span and linear independence in Euclidean n-space; dot and cross

product; orthogonality; lines and planes; matrix arithmetic; determinants; introduction

to eigenvectors and eigenvalues; introduction to linear transformations; complex

numbers; vector space axioms; subspaces and quotients.

**EAS 100 - Planet Earth**Introduction to the origin and evolution of the

Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle.

Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere,

land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life,

biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle.

Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources.

PHYS 144 - Newtonian Mechanics and RelativityPHYS 144 - Newtonian Mechanics and Relativity

A calculus-based course for students majoring in

the physical sciences. Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, dynamics,

conservation of momentum and energy, rotational motion and angular momentum;

special relativistic kinematics and dynamics, including length contraction, time

dilation, and the conservation of energy and momentum in special relativity.

**PHIL 120 - Symbolic Logic I**A study of sentential logic, including translation,

semantics, decision procedures and natural deduction followed by an introduction

to predicate logic, concentrating on translation.

__Winter Semester__**MATH 118 - Honors Calculus II**Integration and the Fundamental Theorum. Techniques

and applications of integration. Derivatives and integrals of the exponential, and

trigonometric functions. Introduction to infinite series. Introduction to partial

derivatives.

**MATH 227 - Honors Linear Algebra II**OE3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). Review of vector space axioms, subspaces and

quotients; span; linear independence; Gram-Schmidt process; projections; methods

of least squares; linear transformations and their matrix representations with respect

to arbitrary bases; change of basis; eigenvectors and eigenvalues; triangularization

and diagonalization; canonical forms (Schur, Jordan, spectral theorem).

**ASTRO 122 - Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies**OE3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). The development of our understanding of the

universe, including current models of stellar evolution and cosmology. Emphasis

on understanding the physical processes underlying astronomical phenomena.

Viewing experience will be available using the campus observatory.

**PHYS 146 - Fluids and Waves**A calculus-based course for students majoring in

the physical sciences. Fluid statics and dynamics, elasticity and simple harmonic

motion; sound waves, wave properties of light; quantum waves, wave-particle duality.

**PHIL 200 - Metaphysics**OE3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Basic questions concerning the nature of reality.

Topics may include existence, materialism and idealism, freedom and determinism,

appearance and reality, causality, identity, time and space, universals and

particulars.

Do you think Symbolic logic would be a good course to take as an aid to understanding proof-based thinking, etc? Would you recommend a night class (Phil 120) or should I attempt to have all my classes done by 4-5PM.

Any other comments or suggestions would be great. Let me know!

Thank you,

-Sam