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Physics + pure math or applied math?

  1. Aug 10, 2005 #1
    physics + pure math or applied math????

    What is the most ideal combination of majors?

    1) theoretical physics + pure math
    2) theo. physics + applied math??

    thanks a lot.
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 10, 2005 #2
    Physics and applied math match up very well, as in they're both similar.
    The mathematics needed for an ideal physics major comes mainly from applied mathematics.
  4. Aug 10, 2005 #3
    i'd agree with this.

    piggyback -- when does one learn some of the pure math (topology, lie algebra?, etc.) involved with certain aspects of theoretical physics?
  5. Aug 10, 2005 #4
    I'd say applied math if you are an undergrad going for a physics degree.

    I'd say pure math if you are a graduate moving on to post graduate work.

    Just my thoughts.
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