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Physics to maths

  1. Jun 14, 2010 #1
    I'm starting college in October, hopefully, and I was going to study theoretical physics. Now I've realised I don't want to, i just want to study math. The course load is less intense, so I'll have more time on my hands, time which could be used doing extra study. I've included the sylabbi for the 4 years undergrad. Please tell me if there's anything worth studying extra that isn't in the sylabbus.

    Thanks! :smile:

    JF: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/undergraduate/modules/index.php?file=jfmaths
    SF: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/undergraduate/modules/index.php?file=sfmaths
    JS: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/undergraduate/modules/index.php?file=jsmaths
    SS: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/undergraduate/modules/index.php?file=ssmaths
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  3. Jun 14, 2010 #2


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    Take them all... :biggrin:

    just kidding, take as much as you can handle.

    BTW I don't quite understand, if you learn for a maths bsc degree why are obliged to take physics course, or I might have read wrong, I just skimmed over it.
  4. Jun 14, 2010 #3
    That's my intention. :smile:

    I meant I was going to apply for physics, but just want to do math now.
  5. Jun 14, 2010 #4
    Since it is an European degree just doing the required courses should put you at the same level as a normal US graduate, then you got 2 years to just pick extra courses. Also the courses they have suggested covers just about everything for the last 2 years so just pick from those, which courses depends on what you want to do.
    You don't really got majors in Europe like you got in the US, instead you got programs and often the best schools don't provide pure maths programs since they are commonly engineering schools.
  6. Jun 14, 2010 #5
    That is an impressive curriculum. I would not worry too much about how to spend extra time.
  7. Jun 14, 2010 #6


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    Klockan3 I am not from the US, but as far as I can tell most places even outside US offer programmes at the BSC level in maths and physics, and they also offer programmes with only maths or only physics.

    And unless you enroll in a combined degree in maths and physics, I don't think you should be obliged to take physics courses, more so if you plan the pure math path.
  8. Jun 14, 2010 #7
    But as I said, the best universities are often engineering universities which means that their main focus is applied maths. Maybe it is more so for the German and Scandinavian universities due to a strong engineering history, I don't really know how the higher ed climate is out there. But for example where I go the best maths students don't go to the pure maths degrees since they are given by bad universities and instead takes the most mathematical degree at the engineering university since it gives them both more maths plus everything else contained in that degree.

    The engineering universities don't give pure mathematical degrees at the undergrad level since that isn't what they are for. I am quite sure that this is what happened here, also since you apply for programs and not the university itself it doesn't matter that not every university have everything since you just apply to the program you want from the start. It just happens to be in that way that the best mathematical degrees are not the pure ones, even in terms of studying pure maths later.

    Edit: Also as you can see that is an applied maths degree in its base, then a few physics courses don't hurt.
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