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Is this Spring schedule too difficult?

  1. Jan 2, 2013 #1
    Atomic & Nuclear Physics - 3
    Advanced Physics Lab - 2
    Mechanical and Electromagnetic Waves - 3
    Intermediate Microbiology - 4
    Intermediate Microbiology Lab - 0
    Research in Physics - 1
    Fencing - 1

    That's 14 credits. I need at least 12 for my scholarships.
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  3. Jan 2, 2013 #2


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    Labs can take up a lot of your extra time. I always thought it was best to do one lab course per semester.
  4. Jan 2, 2013 #3
    What is mechanical and electromagnetic waves?
  5. Jan 2, 2013 #4
    It's the second half of Griffith's Electrodynamics mixed with French's Vibrations & Waves.
  6. Jan 2, 2013 #5


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    Thats odd. Most people that Ive spoken with have had french before grifiths. Have you already covered the first half of griffiths?

    In any case, I think 13 credits of science is a rather light to medium load.
  7. Jan 5, 2013 #6
    I'm not sure how anyone here can evaluate how difficult your courseload is based solely on the titles of the courses. For all we know "Atomic & Nuclear Physics" is taught by an emeritus professor who's super laid-back and the class only requires a few hours a week, while "Intermediate Microbiology" is taught by someone who believes their subject to be incredibly important and wants students devoting 20 hours a week to it. Nobody here knows this. It would probably be better to ask older students at your university.
  8. Jan 5, 2013 #7


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    I'm going to give you my generic advice on how to test if a courseload is heavy or not.

    1-Make a Spreadsheet that has all the days and hours
    2-Put classes in respective time slots
    3-schedule 8 hours of sleep
    4-schedule normal eating times
    5-schedule normal relaxing.hobby.working out time
    6-schedule estimated homework/study time (Better estimate is obtain by talking to students who have takent he class.)
    7-Determine if this look reasonable or if you'll be in a time crunch.
    8-Eat Tacos.
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