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My course choices for next year

  1. May 23, 2015 #1
    So, I go to a relatively small school and don't have all that many options, but I'd like to ask about the couple I do have. I am going into my forth year, but because of the rotational schedule of the math and physics departments I took all the available forth year courses in the previous year. I plan to go to grad school for medical physics after this coming year.

    I am for sure taking:

    Fall 2015
    Analog Electronics
    Statistical Thermodynamics
    Differential Equations 2

    Winter 2016
    Digital Electronics
    Advanced Mechanics
    Euclidean Geometry
    Regression Analysis

    I am also planning a directed studies with a Prof which counts for 3 physics credits, but will probably take both semesters. I'll need three more physics credits and I only have two options Materials or Fluids, which of those two is a more useful course? I will also need one more math course to get a math minor, my only options that seem to fit the schedule are Problem Solving, Complex Variables and Linear Algebra 2, again, which of these three seem the most useful?

    Thank you all in advance!
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  3. May 23, 2015 #2
    Please list some description for each of the courses you're not sure about.
  4. May 23, 2015 #3
    Sorry, that would be useful wouldn't it?:

    Students explore introductory concepts in the description of solids. Topics include bonding, crystal structure, defects, strength of materials, heat capacity, lattice vibrations and phonons, electrical properties, band theory, and semiconductors.

    Students are introduced to the key concepts and equations used to describe fluids. Starting with a description of rarefied fluids using kinetic theory, simple gas transport properties are derived. Euler's and Bernoulli 's equations are examined under static and steady flow conditions. Students derive and examine the Navier-Stokes equation and the equation of continuity under conditions of, steady flow and one-dimensional approximation. Equations to describe the flow of viscous fluids, flow in pipes, flow over immersed bodies, and open channel flow are also introduced. Finally, students explore properties of water waves such as the dispersion relation, capillary and gravity waves.

    Linear 2
    Students explore such topics as: matrix diagonalization and its application to systems of linear differential equations and Markov chains; invariant subspaces; inner product spaces; Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization; linear operators of various special types (normal, self-adjoint, unitary, orthogonal, projections); the finite-dimensional spectral theorem; and bilinear and quadratic forms.

    Complex variables
    Students are introduced to the classical complex function theory, a cornerstone of mathematics. Topics include: complex derivatives and the Cauchy-Riemann equations; the complex exponential function and related elementary functions; integration along curves and Cauchy's theorems; Taylor and Laurent series; zeros and singularities; residues; and evaluation of integrals using the residue theorem.

    Problem solving
    This course provides learners with a systematic approach to problem solving. Students use a variety of analytical techniques to solve problems drawn from various disciplines. This course is of interest to students in any program where numerical problems may occur.
  5. May 23, 2015 #4
    Mathwise, I think linear 2 would be the best option since you can never know too much linear algebra. Then again, complex variables would be quite useful too. Do you really need to take Euclidean geometry?
  6. May 23, 2015 #5
    Unfortunately Linear and complex are only available in Fall, so I need Euclidean for the minor.
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