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Courses How different are intro physics courses from intermediate or advanced ones?

  1. Feb 21, 2009 #1
    For example what is the difference between an intro mechanics or E&M course and an intermediate level one? What about an advanced one that you would take in grad school?
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2009 #2
    The difference mostly has to do with mathematical techniques and general sophistication. For example intermediate E&M involves more advanced techniques like vector calculus and basic partial differential equations, graduate E&M requires complex analysis, Green's functions and advanced PDEs.

    Sophistication is more difficult to explain but equally important, this could roughly be described as what the textbook author considers to be obvious and what is considered to be worthy of explanation.
     
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