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But imo, i think that a great physicist is not one who can do calc problems real fast, or has exceptional problem solving skills (even though that's important) but rather one who is able to see the physical meaning behind each equation.

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Differential and Integral Multivariate Calculus, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Special Funtions, Group Theory (point and continuous), Linear Algebra, Operator Calculus, Operational Mathematics (Fourier Transforms, Laplace transforms etc), Tensor Analysis.

Depending on your specialty, you'll need to learn Differential Manifolds and Exterior calculus.

I am a semiconductor theorist, I have a working nowledge of the first paragraph and not too much knowledge of the second. Since I spend much of my time programming, I know Fortran 77 and 90 along with some C and C++, Linux, Unix and Windows along with the standard office suites. This is a minimum you should know to be a theorist.

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Is programming a must for theoretical physicists??

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I was just wondering, in your field which computer program do you use/come-accross the most?

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You make your own program if you want the best. You must learn how to program because it is so important and efficient. If you have a thought about something on whether or not it is true, you can create a program to test it a million different ways. This is good because it saves you time if it fails. My prof says that he comes up with things all the time, but seem to fail when tested. He admits to saving hours and days and weeks and months of time doing something that eventually fails.MathStudent said:

I was just wondering, in your field which computer program do you use/come-accross the most?

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At the very least, learn how to use Visual Basics to an advance level.

Other things you will use a lot are things like Mathematica and Maple.

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yes, but back to my original question....

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You need to know math period.

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For example, my command of C and Java has gone to pieces; I have largely forgotten most of the numerical methods that I studied in school; I can't remember most of the intricate proofs in basic analysis or how to derive the Schwarzshild equation in GR - all simply because I do not use them in my daily work.

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http://store.yahoo.com/doverpublications/048667164x.html [Broken] by Frederick W. Byron, Jr.

Robert W. Fuller is a good start.

Robert W. Fuller is a good start.

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It's a good start, if you're a graduate!!!! Not though if you're struggling with IB maths :tongue2: . I'd recomend an undergraduate mathematics for science and engineering text like Mathematical Techniques by Jordan and Smith, in order to get a flavour of the kind of maths that is done at undersgraduate level (it should also be understandle to an IB student as the first chapters are essentially a review of the maths done at IB level).Astronuc said:http://store.yahoo.com/doverpublications/048667164x.html [Broken] by Frederick W. Byron, Jr.

Robert W. Fuller is a good start.

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Or the Mary Boas's text that I've recommended a gazillion times elsewhere.jcsd said:It's a good start, if you're a graduate!!!! Not though if you're struggling with IB maths :tongue2: . I'd recomend an undergraduate mathematics for science and engineering text like Mathematical Techniques by Jordan and Smith, in order to get a flavour of the kind of maths that is done at undersgraduate level (it should also be understandle to an IB student as the first chapters are essentially a review of the maths done at IB level).

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Absolutely.misogynisticfeminist said:Is programming a must for theoretical physicists??

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