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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello,

I am a math and physics double major and a junior at Michigan State University. I have already taken introductory physics, the first semster of classical mechanics, a course in thermodynamics and modern physics, and linear algebra (along with the basic calculus and diff eq courses) I have recently decided to begin the advanced track program in mathematics which is supposed to be much more difficult than the normal math degree. This fall, I am having a difficult time deciding which schedule would be best for me. I definitely have to take Chemistry 142, and Classical Mechanics II (Phy 422).

I have two different options for which other two classes to take.

Quantum Physics I (Phy 471)

Description: Schroedinger equation, hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator, and other one-dimensional systems.

and

Honors Algebra I (MTH 418H)

Description: Theory of groups, Sylow theory, the structure of finite Abelian groups, ring theory, ideals, homomorphisms, and polynomial rings.

or

Electricity and Magnetism I (Phy 481)

Description: Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetic fields of steady state currents, Faraday law of induction.

and

Intro to Advanced Analysis (MTH 327H)

Description: Real and complex numbers, limits of sequences and series, continuity, differentiation, Riemann integration of functions over R, uniform convergence.

Now if I take option 1 that means i have to take the second semester of quantum and algebra the following semester. If I take option 2 that means I have to take the second semester of E&M and Analysis the following semester. And each way I will have to wait until the following year to study the other option courses.

I am leaning toward taking option 2 (E&M and Analysis) simply because this is my first semester taking an advanced math course and I think Analysis would be the better course to take first. Also I feel that Analysis would help me with my understanding of calculus, which I will be using extensively in my physics courses.

My advisor is recommending that I take option 1 (Quantum and Algebra)

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you

I am a math and physics double major and a junior at Michigan State University. I have already taken introductory physics, the first semster of classical mechanics, a course in thermodynamics and modern physics, and linear algebra (along with the basic calculus and diff eq courses) I have recently decided to begin the advanced track program in mathematics which is supposed to be much more difficult than the normal math degree. This fall, I am having a difficult time deciding which schedule would be best for me. I definitely have to take Chemistry 142, and Classical Mechanics II (Phy 422).

I have two different options for which other two classes to take.

**Option 1:**Quantum Physics I (Phy 471)

Description: Schroedinger equation, hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator, and other one-dimensional systems.

and

Honors Algebra I (MTH 418H)

Description: Theory of groups, Sylow theory, the structure of finite Abelian groups, ring theory, ideals, homomorphisms, and polynomial rings.

or

**Option 2:**Electricity and Magnetism I (Phy 481)

Description: Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetic fields of steady state currents, Faraday law of induction.

and

Intro to Advanced Analysis (MTH 327H)

Description: Real and complex numbers, limits of sequences and series, continuity, differentiation, Riemann integration of functions over R, uniform convergence.

Now if I take option 1 that means i have to take the second semester of quantum and algebra the following semester. If I take option 2 that means I have to take the second semester of E&M and Analysis the following semester. And each way I will have to wait until the following year to study the other option courses.

I am leaning toward taking option 2 (E&M and Analysis) simply because this is my first semester taking an advanced math course and I think Analysis would be the better course to take first. Also I feel that Analysis would help me with my understanding of calculus, which I will be using extensively in my physics courses.

My advisor is recommending that I take option 1 (Quantum and Algebra)

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you