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Physics vs Theoretical physics

  1. Nov 2, 2014 #1
    Having been a lurker on the site for a few months I decided to make a post concerning my current college situation.
    I started a theoretical physics course this year, while I am intrigued by the material, the first two years of college would be far more relaxed and I would have more time to socialise etc. if I were to move to a physics course which basically teaches the same physics as my current degree for the first two years but with more lax mathematics, yet the 3rd and 4th years involve practical projects (I can switch into this course in those years regardless, however).
    Given that I don't have an interest in becoming a purely mathematically inclined theorist or getting a PhD in the subject, (mainly interested in biophysics, renewables, applications pretty much) should I make this switch?
    Basically, would it be worth getting a firmer grip on mathematics (stay in theoretical) to study physics later on, or should I just switch into the other track of physics?
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  3. Nov 2, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    ... you've asked your question in such a way that the answer is contained within it - which is a good habit for a scientist.
    Many students shy away from practical physics because maths behaves itself and real life is messy ... your stated interests suggest that mess does not bother you: so make the switch. You can pick up the maths when you need it. Caveat: also discuss this with an advisor at your college, they will be aware of other possibilities.
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