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Physics majors taking chem?

  1. Nov 1, 2006 #1
    Do physics majors normally take chemistry?

    The reason I ask is that I'm currently taking Chem 1 w/ lab and Calculus 1. I chose to take chem because I can't take physics until I have some more calc under my belt and I thought it would be beneficial; however, I'm considering not taking chem 2 next semester so I can really focus on my math. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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    Intro chemistry is often a required subject for all freshman physics majors.

  4. Nov 1, 2006 #3
    General Chemistry I and II are required for all Physics majors at my school. Or, they can take a crash course of General Chemistry I and II in the same semester (which I took).

    If I were you, I'd take the chemistry II. It's neat stuff.
  5. Nov 1, 2006 #4
    I am an engineering major, and I took chem 1 and 2, but all through chem 2 I wished that I had taken that Chem 1 and 2 combo course. Because the chem 1 stuff is so easy, but the chem 2 is a lot harder.
  6. Nov 1, 2006 #5
    That's what I thought. OK, I'll take chem 2. I agree, it is interesting though. Thanks for you replies.
  7. Nov 1, 2006 #6

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    I took a year of general chemistry then took a year of physical chemistry....
  8. Nov 2, 2006 #7
    You're required to take a year of chemistry or biology, along with their lab as a physics major at UW.
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    One of the reasons I did not major in Physics is that I would have had to take Physical Chemistry! (I did take one year of chemistry- that was a general requirement.)
  10. Nov 2, 2006 #9
    Physical Chemistry is awesome, but of course I am a chemical engineering major. I guess I can be a little biased on these things.

    However, I would definitely suggest that you take both semesters of gen chem. They are incredibly fun.
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