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Selecting physics modules

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #1
    I'm to start at Aberdeen, UK, where I have 4 compulsory (basically mechanics, waves, optics +electronics, relativity and quantum mechanics) modules and 4 optional modules. This is basically the only time I can choose modules - the next two years are pretty much set.

    Disappointingly, there are no physics options available, only maths, geology and philosophy. My question is, what would you recommend?

    I have to choose at least one math module - Analysis, Sets & Algebraic Structures, Linear Algebra, or Advanced Calculus. Other universities include math modules throughout the course (indeed, the first year is usually dedicated to bringing everyone up to the same level so if you've done further math, you have a lot of repeat material, with no choice in the matter), so would it be advisable to take as many as possible? I'm keen on Advanced Calculus as it includes Maple which I've never used before. The other three, I feel like I've done most of in Further Maths already so I'm not sure if I want to do it again. I could always audit the lectures to fill in any small gaps or look at different methods I guess.

    The Geology options include Laboratory and Field techniques, which sounds like quite a lot of fun, as does Palaeontology, while Sedimentology and Mineralogy are less so.

    Philosophy modules include The History of Western Philosophy and the Philosophy of Science. I haven't done philosophy since I was 14 so I'm not sure how I'd find it. I can see essay writing and argumentative skills being quite useful.

    It's just a bit unfortunate that I'm choosing modules now with no hope of taking them further. So which ones would be most useful. Is it worth repeating the further math or should I have a go at something different?

    Right now I'm tempted to take Advanced Calculus, Laboratory and Field techniques, Paleontology (though I can't imagine what I'd ever use it for - I just like dinosaurs!) and Philosophy of Science. I have to speak to my adviser of studies to discuss my choices, but I wouldn't mind some advice before I go.

    Many thanks!
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