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How should I deal with experimental physics?

  1. Apr 6, 2014 #1
    I'm studying Physics and I'm currently on my 3rd year. My aim is to work with theories, so I find mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mehcanics and so on pretty interesting. Also I have a good math background, so I know advanced linear algebra, analysis, topology and differential geometry. The problem is that I simply can't deal anymore with the experimental physics classes.

    My problem is that on the college I'm studying experimental physics seems much more like engineering than physics. Instead of doing experiements to verify important phenomena or to test theories like conservation of energy and so on, we do "applied things". For instance there are 3 disciplines just for studying circuits! And is simply like "let's learn how to project a filter like that, let's learn how to project a voltage transformer".

    I'm in the second discipline about circuits and I simply don't know what to do, because I can't understand those applied things, nor do I get a minimum interesting for it.

    Has anyone passed through something like that also and could tell me how to deal with experimental physics taught this way? I've even thought on becoming a mathematician, but I really don't want it, I want to be a physicist.
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  3. Apr 6, 2014 #2
    Bad memories, I had to do a whole term of electronics and completely hated it! Luckily my "practical partner" loved it so we made it though! Hang on in there it doesn't last long.
  4. Apr 7, 2014 #3

    Dr Transport

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    good theoreticians have a good concept of what is happening experimentally.
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