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Is learning physics helpful for undergrad math students?

  1. Jan 3, 2016 #1
    A few months back I bought Spacetime Physics by Taylor and Wheeler, I haven't read it, but I was planning to. Generally, I do love physics especially the math part. I'm also self-learning some courses in mathematics and I was wondering if it would be helpful to me to also start learning some advanced physics for fun.
    Any ideas?
     
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  3. Jan 3, 2016 #2
    What's your background in physics and math?
     
  4. Jan 3, 2016 #3

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    Yes! A lot of physics should be mandatory to math students. A lot of math concepts make WAY more sense with a solid knowledge of physics. Calculus can be understood only fully by knowing some (basic) classical mechanics. Differential geometry really shines when applied to classical mechanics and GR. Functional analysis gains a whole new depth with a solid knowledge of QM. And so on, and so on.

    http://pauli.uni-muenster.de/~munsteg/arnold.html
     
  5. Jan 3, 2016 #4
    Thanks, these were my thoughts at the beginning but I wanted to make I'm investing my time in something useful.
    My background is wide, I have deep knowledge of calculus, discrete mathematics, matrices, some knowledge in Set Theory, and a bit of real analysis and number theory. I'm sure I have more knowledge in other areas but they're not that deep. As for my knowledge in physics it's not that much. I have basic understanding of Classical Mechanics, E&M, and optics.
     
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