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Hello!
As the title suggests, I am in a dilemma in trying to decide on my courses for next semester in my 3rd year in an undergraduate Physics program. As of right now my 2nd semester looks like this:
-Quantum Mechanics
-Thermal Physics
-Numerical Analysis
-3rd year Physics Lab
That's 4/5 courses. I am trying to figure out what to take for my 5th course. The 3 candidates are:
-Optimization (a 3rd year applied mathematics course, covers the following material: linear programming, formulating, simplex method, duality theory,sensitivity analysis, nonlinear optimization, unconstrained/constrained optimization, quadratic programming, discrete optimization, applications.),
Electromagnetism II (4th year EM, basically covering chapters 8-12 of Griffiths)
Stellar Astrophysics (another 4th year physics course, material seems interesting. Main interest in taking this one is that there is a computational project(s), and I feel improving my numerical programming skills will be beneficial to me)
Now, I most likely will be aiming to go to gradschool for some sub discipline of Engineering / Physics. Or maybe even Finance (as I'm told apparently many students of Physics go into). Not sure yet.... But I've clued in that Numerical Programming skills are probably very beneficial for either of the mentioned paths so, although I've listed 3 candidates, my top 2 are actually 'Optimization' and 'Stellar Astrophysics', but I still have some consideration for EMII, as it is useful for many other reasons.
Also, it may be hard for you to tell, but it seems to me that my next semester will be very busy (numerical analysis & lab course will be time sinks I imagine). Any idea which of the three courses I mentioned wouldn't overwhelm me too much with my already crazy course load? (I understand this is something hard to gauge for you because we go to likely different universities and so differences in curriculum exist etc... but perhaps SOME input based on experience with similar courses would help! )
Anyway, Thanks if you've read all this! I appreciate it :)! Hopefully you can help me! Even if only a little, any input is great!
Thanks! :)
As the title suggests, I am in a dilemma in trying to decide on my courses for next semester in my 3rd year in an undergraduate Physics program. As of right now my 2nd semester looks like this:
-Quantum Mechanics
-Thermal Physics
-Numerical Analysis
-3rd year Physics Lab
That's 4/5 courses. I am trying to figure out what to take for my 5th course. The 3 candidates are:
-Optimization (a 3rd year applied mathematics course, covers the following material: linear programming, formulating, simplex method, duality theory,sensitivity analysis, nonlinear optimization, unconstrained/constrained optimization, quadratic programming, discrete optimization, applications.),
Electromagnetism II (4th year EM, basically covering chapters 8-12 of Griffiths)
Stellar Astrophysics (another 4th year physics course, material seems interesting. Main interest in taking this one is that there is a computational project(s), and I feel improving my numerical programming skills will be beneficial to me)
Now, I most likely will be aiming to go to gradschool for some sub discipline of Engineering / Physics. Or maybe even Finance (as I'm told apparently many students of Physics go into). Not sure yet.... But I've clued in that Numerical Programming skills are probably very beneficial for either of the mentioned paths so, although I've listed 3 candidates, my top 2 are actually 'Optimization' and 'Stellar Astrophysics', but I still have some consideration for EMII, as it is useful for many other reasons.
Also, it may be hard for you to tell, but it seems to me that my next semester will be very busy (numerical analysis & lab course will be time sinks I imagine). Any idea which of the three courses I mentioned wouldn't overwhelm me too much with my already crazy course load? (I understand this is something hard to gauge for you because we go to likely different universities and so differences in curriculum exist etc... but perhaps SOME input based on experience with similar courses would help! )
Anyway, Thanks if you've read all this! I appreciate it :)! Hopefully you can help me! Even if only a little, any input is great!
Thanks! :)