1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Courses Math or Physics?

  1. Apr 10, 2017 #1
    I'm currently a math undergrad, and I find that I love both, Math and Physics, and I want to study Mathematical Physics in grad school, but now I've to decide which path should I follow, next year I could change my degree to physics (my UNI physics department is much better structured and renowned than the math department), then take a lot of math courses, or I should stay in math and take physics courses.
    1. If I choose the first option which math courses should I take?
    2. If I choose the second one, which physics courses are "more important"?
    What courses are more important to "complement" each option? (1 and 2)

    A list of the most important courses available.
    Math:
    Algebra 1 & 2
    Real Analysis
    Analysis in R^n
    Topology
    ODE
    PDE
    Fourier Analysis
    Functional Analysis

    Physics:
    Electromagnetism 1 & 2
    State of Matter 1 & 2
    Classical Mechanics 1 & 2
    Thermodynamics
    Solid-State Physics 1 & 2
    Optics
    Computational Physics
    General Relativity
    Statistical Mechanics
    Quantum Mechanics 1 & 2
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 11, 2017 #2

    Orodruin

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    This looks like a list of the maths courses you would take in any physics program. In particular if you want to do mathematical physics, you will need it all (you might grt away without topology if doing something more experimental or phenomenological). I would also add complex analysis.


    Like above, this looks pretty much like a standard physics program. Depending on your interests you might be able to skip some of the "2s", but as a physicist you should have a basic knowledge in all those subjects.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2017 #3
    Thanks!
     
  5. Apr 14, 2017 #4
    I would regard the ones I've bolded as more important than the others.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted



Similar Discussions: Math or Physics?
  1. Math and physics (Replies: 3)

  2. Math and Physics (Replies: 16)

  3. Math In physics (Replies: 15)

  4. Physics and maths (Replies: 1)

Loading...