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Is this schedule for the fall too heavy? (

  1. Aug 2, 2011 #1
    Is this schedule for the fall too heavy? :((

    -Intermediate Mechanics I
    -Intermediate E&M I
    -Linear Algebra
    -Fundamental Mathematics (intro proof class for math majors taken after Calc III)
    -General education course (irrelevant)

    Total: 15 hours

    It's very important for us Physics majors to get straight A's. Will this hinder that process? Too heavy?
    I should also mention I've never taken a course about proofs.

    Thanks in advance! :D
     
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  3. Aug 2, 2011 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Re: Is this schedule for the fall too heavy? :((

    Uhm, since when?

    Your schedule looks pretty standard. 15 hours is a normal courseload.
     
  4. Aug 2, 2011 #3
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    Looks pretty light to me actually. I'm sure you'll be fine.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2011 #4
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    Everyone I know says its too heavy. 2 "advanced" physics and 2 math courses will kill me, according to some. But I'm glad you guys think its light.
     
  6. Aug 2, 2011 #5
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    Since my Advisor "tsk'd" me when he saw a B+ in intro Thermal
     
  7. Aug 2, 2011 #6
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    Do you think you can get an A in these courses if you give it your all?
     
  8. Aug 2, 2011 #7

    Pengwuino

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    He must have been joking with you. Very few people hold 4.0s as undergrads and when going to grad school, it's nowhere near as important as your high school grades going into college. That being said, that load is not heavy. If you threw in another physics course, you might be having some issues.
     
  9. Aug 2, 2011 #8
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    Well, its my first time taking non introductory Physics, and i'm worried about math proofs since i dont know anything. So probably not.
     
  10. Aug 2, 2011 #9
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    No, unfortunately he wasn't. The department here assumes every student wants to go to MIT or something. Well thanks, with that being said, im a little relieved.
     
  11. Aug 2, 2011 #10
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    I think people's GPA's will have to increase if they want to get funded for grad school. The reason I think this is because with the budgeting of U.S. science funding, institutions will have less money to give and less spots available. With JWST being axed so close to completion the U.S. seems desperate to save a few pennies anywhere it can find. Basically, if you want to be future-proof get a 4.0 with good UG research.
     
  12. Aug 2, 2011 #11

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    That won't future-proof you. You're ignoring every other criteria like GRE, PGRE, letters of rec, etc.
     
  13. Aug 2, 2011 #12
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    If you have good research then your mentor will likely write you a good recommendation. If you have a good GPA then you're likely to have a good PGRE. I wasn't really ignoring it but I was implying it.
     
  14. Aug 2, 2011 #13

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    Agreed on your first part (however, remember you need 3, not just one). However, the GPA -> PGRE correlation is suspect. In the small data sample I have (the university I've gone to), PGRE and GPA are not correlated.
     
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    Re: Is this schedule for the fall too heavy? :((

    Thanks for the info guys. I personally hold no self-worth in grades. But the system runs on superficial things like grades and standardized testing, but i guess thats the best they can do. I think I will cut the proofs course and find something easier. This will hopefully bump my chances with A's.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2011 #16

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    Despite how you feel about grades and standardized test scores, don't screw up either. People will debate the merits of high GPA and scores, but no one will debate what a poor GPA or low PGRE score shows.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2011 #17
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    Very well stated :)
     
  19. Aug 3, 2011 #18

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    Although I would think this is self-evident, it bares pointing out in this discussion.

    You're a physics student. That means that you've chosen a path that involves a LOT of physics courses and a LOT of math courses. Once you get to graduate school you can't organize your schedule to avoid physics.

    It's important that you don't jump into something over your head. Examples of this might be:
    - overloading with courses (taking more than the recommended number of units)
    - assuming that a high school course has prepared you for a senior undergraduate course
    - balancing a full time courseload with a full time job while raising a family

    But it's also important to challenge yourself. You know a lot better than any of us what your limits are.
     
  20. Aug 5, 2011 #19
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    You go to UIUC you say? I took MATH 347. Most physics majors hated it, but it was very good for me, but I enjoy proofs a lot. I am not sure what physics classes you're referencing (intermediate, what?) but you'll be fine. That schedule is normal.
     
  21. Aug 5, 2011 #20
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    Thanks Choppy. I agree that I know my limits more than others.. I realized its a silly thread a few days after posting..hehe. I was just nervous about proofs. I know they take a lot of time of the week, to sit there and think and figure them out. This would cut my physics studying time; applied math is no problem :)
     
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