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Seeking undergrad advice for physics/chem/biochem

  1. Jul 25, 2008 #1
    I've been certain for the last couple years that I wish to pursue a career in research. I'm interested in the spectroscopy of proteins as a means of understanding biological mechanisms. The problem is that I would like to avoid a triple major if possible. Currently, I'm a community college student getting ready to transfer.

    I thought of my general chem classes like a sort of Feynman physics lectures, a dumbed down physics class that offered unique insight in other perspectives and applications. In the same light, I would like to enter upper division chem classes (like physical chemistry) with, first, a good understanding of intro Quantum Mechanics.

    If I double major biochem/neuroscience, then I need to learn the physics by myself.

    My plan for the next year (during free time):

    [1] "Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles" Eisberg and Resnick

    [2] "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" Griffiths

    Is this plan feasible? I will only have taken a combined intro Linear Algebra/Differential equations class by the time I begin Griffiths QM book.
    How important are an understanding of Lagrangian/Hamiltonian Mechanics to QM?
    What math do I need, in what order, and which can be learned concurrently? Vector Calc, ODE/PDE, Linear Algebra, probability, analysis?

    Any help or advice is appreciated.
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