Post your Fall 2010 schedule!

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Elementary Analysis I - Introduction to real analysis including convergence of sequences, infinite series, differentiation and integration, and sequences of functions. Students are expected to do proofs - Using Ross' Elementary Analysis: The Theory of Calculus book.

Classical Mechanics I - One dimensional motion and oscillations; three-dimensional motion, non-inertial coordinates, conservation laws, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics; rigid body motion and relativity - Using Marion and Thornton's Classical Dynamics

Observational Astronomy - Telescopes and astronomical observations, imaging with CCD detectors and image processing techniques. Photometry and spectroscopy of stars, galaxies, and quasars. Advanced imaging techniques such as deconvolution, adaptive optics, and interferometry - Using Observational Astronomy by Birney

Physical Chemistry I - Principles of quantum chemistry with applications to nuclear motions and the electronic structure of the hydrogen atom - Using Quanta, Matter, and Change by Depaula, Atkins and Friedman

Experimental Physics Lab - Optics: lenses, mirrors, polarization, lasers, optical fibers, interference, spectra.

Problem Solving in Math Seminar - Develops ability in analytical thinking and problem solving, using problems of the type found in the Mathematics Olympiad and the Putnam Mathematical Competition. Students taking the course in fall will prepare for and take the Putnam examination in December.

Seems like a lot, but the last two are 2 units a piece (half a class)
 
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First semester Physics Major

Physics 137 and Lab..........Conceptual Physics
Statistics 211 and Lab.......Elementary Statistics
Honors 101 Seminar
English 101 Composition
French 110
 
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First semester:

Introduction to Modern Physics (6)
Classical Mechanics (6)
Differential Equations (8)
Geometry I (5)
Algebra I (7)
Analysis II (7)

Does this seem doable? I'm guessing what you guys call "credit" is something else than here? 3 years of undergraduate studies equal a minimum of 180 "study points" aka credits over here in Belgium (with no upperbound).
Judging by the courses you're a fellow physics student at KU Leuven?

39 credits is alot. I would drop Algebra I or Analysis II. I don't know them because I've taken medical radiation physics.
 
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Judging by the courses you're a fellow physics student at KU Leuven?

39 credits is alot. I would drop Algebra I or Analysis II. I don't know them because I've taken medical radiation physics.
Aha, hello :) Indeed, a fellow KUL student, starting my 2nd year of physics. I'd really like to try and combine it with mathematics as long as it's possible -- maybe doing them in tweede zit (re-examination period) will work? But then I'd still have to follow the courses throughout the year which means I could just as well do the exam in january, or am I wrong on that? What year are you in? What "topic" did you choose? :) (or maybe PM me if this is considered off-topic)
 
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6 exams is possible, but you might have a few exams with only one or two days and that's hard with so many big courses. I reckon you had good results your first year? I had electrodynamics again from the second year (and a few courses of my minor) with the third year.

In your place I'ld ask prof Troost. He's the program director and he helped me alot with my situation (IAJ and stuff...).
 
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In your place I'ld ask prof Troost. He's the program director and he helped me alot with my situation (IAJ and stuff...).
Just sent him an email. Thank you :)
 
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First quarter:
Quantum mechanics
Advanced classical physics

Second quarter:
Advanced quantum mechanics
Condensed matter physics
Computational physics

The second quantum course starts where the first ends, covering chapters 6 and 7 in Sakurai. Then it begins on the Peskin & Schroder book. ACP uses Goldstein, Poole & Safko. The other two courses are described well enough by their names.
 
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Fall College:
Calc 2
Engineering Physics I
Introduction to Robotics

Fall HS:
Art Class
"___" some other bs class

I can't wait for fall so I can quite my job :D.
 
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I'm starting as a Physics freshman this fall in University of Crete, Greece.

English I - Pretty basic grammar and vocabulary. English for academic purposes.

Physics I - We'll cover all Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Waves parts of Serway's book, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers".

Modern Physics Topics I - It is just an intro subject to familiarize with the research programs of the University. In the end of the term i should prepare a project (like an essay) about a topic of my own interest.

Math I - Using 1st and 2nd book of THOMAS Calculus. It's basically what i've done in high school but in a more advanced level.

Math for Physicists I - Complex Numbers, Intro to Possibilities, Intro to Linear Algebra

Plus one more subject which is basically an intro to UNIX and several programs that will come in handy the years to come.

So, what do you think? I think it's a pretty common first term.
 
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Fall 2010: Hopefully Math/ Physics double specialist

MAT157Y1 Analysis 1: We're using Spivak's Calculus, it's a yearly course (5 hrs/week)

MAT240H1 Algebra 1:Using Linear Algebra by Stephen H. Friedberg, Arnold J. Insel (5 hrs/week)

PHY151H1 Foundations of Physics: A basic physics course using King's physics for scientists and engineers (4 hrs/week + biweekly 3 hr lab)

PHL100Y1 Intro to Philosophy: An intro into Philosophy (3 hrs per week)

And hopefully either intro to french, german or spanish or maybe bio (maybe even russian). I was going for french but the course filled up before the first year enrollment time! It's french for people with no previous knowledge! So now I'm on the waitlist until august 6 then I'll see, anyone have any suggestions? I really do want to learn another language before I graduate!

Anyone have an opinion on the courseload?
 
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So, what do you think? I think it's a pretty common first term.
It looks similar to what my first term should have been...but I decided to get my social sciences out of the way, so next semester is Calc I w analytic geom, Eng I, Biology I, Philosophy. Next semester is Physics I w lab...the physics levels are one behind the calc levels in this area.
 
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I don't see how 12-15 hours per week work in most USA Universities... Here I usually have 25-27 hours per week (not counting research programs, which takes up 20 more hours if you're in any) and sometimes it's still not enough for some professors.
 
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Still tentative for F10:

E/M (Griffiths)
Genetics
Gen Chem
Int. Chinese 1
Soph Seminar in Lit
 
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I don't see how 12-15 hours per week work in most USA Universities... Here I usually have 25-27 hours per week (not counting research programs, which takes up 20 more hours if you're in any) and sometimes it's still not enough for some professors.
Probably because the terms "hour", "unit", and "credit" mean the same thing - it depends on the regional dialect.

A 3-unit class typically means 3 hours of lecture a week. For work outside of class, a general rule of thumb is 2 to 4 hours of outside study for every hour of lecture (that can vary widely of course).

So if someone says that their class load is "12 hours", that means ~12 hours of lecture + ~36 hours of study = ~48 hours of work, per week.
 
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Also, laboratories usually "count" for fewer hours than the time actually spent in the lab. Where I teach, a laboratory class that meets for one three-hour session per week is worth one credit hour.
 
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I'm starting as a Physics freshman this fall in University of Crete, Greece.

English I - Pretty basic grammar and vocabulary. English for academic purposes.

Physics I - We'll cover all Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Waves parts of Serway's book, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers".

Modern Physics Topics I - It is just an intro subject to familiarize with the research programs of the University. In the end of the term i should prepare a project (like an essay) about a topic of my own interest.

Math I - Using 1st and 2nd book of THOMAS Calculus. It's basically what i've done in high school but in a more advanced level.

Math for Physicists I - Complex Numbers, Intro to Possibilities, Intro to Linear Algebra

Plus one more subject which is basically an intro to UNIX and several programs that will come in handy the years to come.

So, what do you think? I think it's a pretty common first term.
It seems pretty standard but still a good semester. I really liked Thomas calculus. I found it to be very helpful.
 
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http://www.schedulizer.com/KDL1Ra [Broken]

I still dont know, I may want to switch Dynamical Systems with either enumerative combinatorics or mathematical logic i.
 
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http://www.schedulizer.com/KDL1Ra [Broken]

I still dont know, I may want to switch Dynamical Systems with either enumerative combinatorics or mathematical logic i.
Should just swap it for Analysis. Then we'd have almost identical schedules. o.o;; If Richter is as good as the book he wrote, I'd be wary about Logic.
 
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My schedule as a college freshman:

World Civilizations I - As WSU says, "Integrated study in social, political, and philosophical/religious systems in early civilizations." It's a GER...

Multivariable Calculus - Well, you can figure out what's covered here. We're using Chapters 10.6-13.9 of Stewart's "Essential Calculus (Early Transcendentals)". If someone could tell me what to expect of the textbook, it would be useful.

Chemistry 191 - This is just like Konst's Modern Physics Topics I class, but for Chemistry.

The United States Army - Role of the Army in contemporary society. Taken because I might go ROTC to help pay for college.
Physics 201 w/ Lab - Calculus-based physics; topics in motion and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, vibrations, wave phenomena, and the laws of thermodynamics.

What do you think?
 
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Should just swap it for Analysis. Then we'd have almost identical schedules. o.o;; If Richter is as good as the book he wrote, I'd be wary about Logic.
I'll be taking analysis next year, plus I'm afraid of Conn. I have heard mixed things and rumors about richter... Like how he purposefully left errors in that book, so I really don't know haha.
 
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I'll be taking analysis next year, plus I'm afraid of Conn. I have heard mixed things and rumors about richter... Like how he purposefully left errors in that book, so I really don't know haha.
Haha, I'll let you know how it goes with Conn. Ratemyprofessor seem to hate on him pretty badly, but I'm all for it. Bring it! I'm really curious on who might do Algebra. It was rumored that it would be Messing and that seemed to scare a bunch of Graduate Students. I had joked around with one of the graduate that I wanted both my Analysis and Algebra class to be insanely hard so that I would get destroyed and the moment he heard about Messing (possibly) teaching, the class, he just came up to me and said "Algebra!"

As for Richter, let me know. I doubt I'll ever take anything with him, but I'm curious to know if he's better than what his book makes him seem. It's not like the only bad thing was the errors, it was just terrible altogether.
 
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I am entering my final year at my university. I am going to attain a Physics Degree, Math/Science Education Degree, and a minor in Mathematics. Behold....my final semester before student teaching.

PHYS 302 - Lab Atomic

PHYS 350 - Classical Mechanics I

PHYS 480 - Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 498 - Senior Seminar for Physics

SMED 340 - Perspectives in Science/Math Education

SMED 470 - Project Based Instruction in Science/Math Education
 
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Entering my junior year in a double major, (1) physics (2) math w/ cs

8.05 Quantum Physics II (formalism)
8.13 Experimental Physics I (Junior Lab)
18.404 Theory of Computation
18.101 Analysis and Manifolds
21M.423 Conducting and Score Reading :)
21M.421 Symphony Orchestra
 
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yup :D. you too?
 

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