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Intro: I have just completed my first year in college as a physics major. My first semester I had some issues with scheduling classes so I have only completed the course called Physics 1 despite attending school for a whole year. This course covered one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, rotational motion, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, thermodynamics, work, and force-related topics.

I have always been extremely mathematically inclined. I absolutely love pure mathematics like real analysis, topology, and abstract algebra. But at the same time I have always loved many areas and domains of physics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, black holes, etc. I definitely think I like pure math more but given my interest in the theory of many of the domains of physics, I also wanted to continue on for at least a few years in physics to see if I end up loving it more than math. So I am currently a physics major that plans to take both math and physics classes until I can make up my mind and decide what I want to go to graduate school for.

Main Concern: I absolutely hated Physics 1 and the lab that was associated with it. I was good at the classes, had no problem understanding the material, obtained relatively easy A's, and yet I still absolutely hated the classes. I found Physics 1 horribly boring and uninteresting and dreaded the weekly lab.

After ruminating on what exactly it is that I like and dislike about physics in general, I came to the conclusion that I love the idea of putting a pen to paper and deriving theories and exact answers but greatly dislike the idea of performing approximate calculations and testing hypotheses in a lab. For those that have seen the show "The Big Bang Theory", I like Sheldon Cooper's job and dislike Leonard Hofstadter's.

So my questions are, given my dislike for labs, approximate calculations, and Newtonian mechanics, is it unlikely that I will enjoy the rest of the physics undergrad curriculum? If I continued on would I even enjoy a job in Physics academia?

I have always been extremely mathematically inclined. I absolutely love pure mathematics like real analysis, topology, and abstract algebra. But at the same time I have always loved many areas and domains of physics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, black holes, etc. I definitely think I like pure math more but given my interest in the theory of many of the domains of physics, I also wanted to continue on for at least a few years in physics to see if I end up loving it more than math. So I am currently a physics major that plans to take both math and physics classes until I can make up my mind and decide what I want to go to graduate school for.

Main Concern: I absolutely hated Physics 1 and the lab that was associated with it. I was good at the classes, had no problem understanding the material, obtained relatively easy A's, and yet I still absolutely hated the classes. I found Physics 1 horribly boring and uninteresting and dreaded the weekly lab.

After ruminating on what exactly it is that I like and dislike about physics in general, I came to the conclusion that I love the idea of putting a pen to paper and deriving theories and exact answers but greatly dislike the idea of performing approximate calculations and testing hypotheses in a lab. For those that have seen the show "The Big Bang Theory", I like Sheldon Cooper's job and dislike Leonard Hofstadter's.

So my questions are, given my dislike for labs, approximate calculations, and Newtonian mechanics, is it unlikely that I will enjoy the rest of the physics undergrad curriculum? If I continued on would I even enjoy a job in Physics academia?

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