Long time lurker, first time poster. I'd like to preface this by saying that I've spent many an hour glued to my monitor due to the very thoughtful and often eloquent posts on this forum. I am an undergraduate physics major who until recently was an economics major. This semester I began climbing the physics coursework ladder with Gen Physics and finishing calc. It's fair to say that I always attempt to scrape by with the bare minimum in practically all of my endeavors (academic and otherwise.) It usually isn't my intention to do so, but there always seems to be a point in any prolonged pursuit of a specific goal that I say to myself, "Eh, screw it." I would argue that I use my philosophical outlook as a sort of crutch when it comes to allowing myself to give up so easily. My conundrum is that I really enjoy the concepts in physics and the philosophical implications that newer discoveries hold, but I find much of the formalism tedious and unfulfilling. I'm wondering if the mid-tier courses I've enrolled in for fall flow like Gen Physics where the emphasis is on the mathematical formalism and most of the coursework reflects this or if smaller class sizes and topics closer to the professor's area of research may dictate more in-depth explorations of concept and theory. Sorry if some of this was nonsensical, but alas, there has been no sleep for the weak.