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Nanotechnology for engineering physics guy: which courses?

  1. Jan 5, 2015 #1
    Hi. I'm currently in my 3rd year of a 5-year MS program in engineering physics. I have decided to specialize in nanotech, and that into consideration I am a unsure on which courses I should take in my 4th. A professor I talked to told me I should definitely go for a "basic physics package" containing:

    *Graduate level Quantum Mechanics: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TFY4205#tab=omEmnet
    *Numerical Physics.
    *Classical Transportation Theory: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TFY4275#tab=omEmnet
    *Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/FY3106/2014#tab=omEmnet

    And 4 other subjects that I am free to choose, but he thought I should choose more theoretical stuff rather than engineering subjects. Though he is a professor of physics so he might be a bit biased.

    Anyway, my question is, what should I choose as my 4 other subjects? Are there any specific directions in nanotech I should go towards, being a physicist? I don't expect receiving an exact course plan for the next two years, I am just curious on what I should take, and what the possibilities will be. If it's relevant, I'll be doing my 4th year in Berkeley as an exchange student.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jan 6, 2015 #2
    I think I want to work with self-replicating systems, so I assume cybernetics courses would be useful?

    And would taking something like nonlinear dynamics and Chaos, http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TFY4305/2013#tab=omEmnet, be a waste of time? The material is interesting to me, but I don't see how it is relevant.
     
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