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Courses Math Courses for Theoretical Physicist to be (Hopefully)

  1. Oct 12, 2012 #1
    I am currently a sophomore majoring in physics in college. I also plan to major in math because I am very interested in theoretical physics. The math adviser that I spoke to could not give me much information on what math subjects are important for a career path in theoretical physics, so if anyone can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 12, 2012 #2
    If your school has a graduate course or two on mathematical methods for physicists, those are of course good courses.

    Otherwise, the real practical ones (of general use) are PDES, complex analysis and numerical methods. I even had a professor whos phd was in string theory who said his most useful course was numerical methods, so take that as you will.
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