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I come here to ask whether I should choose maths or physics for higher education. I consider myself to be quite good at both, though I am better at maths than I am at physics. However, I enjoy physics more, and I dislike mathematics -- I remember looking at a problem where a metal ball was dropped into a tank of water, and it asked us to calculate the displacement of water, given the volume of the sphere and tank of water. However, I asked my teacher why the problem would assume this, since we don't know the density of the metal ball. He answered 'yes, but as for the mathematics itself the ball will sink' which I just didn't like. I prefer physics because it is much more applicable and brings a sense of reality to problems... physics generally tell us why things happen more so than maths does. I see mathematics as more of a tool to use than as something to learn just for the fun of learning it. I don't know, I just feel as though I value physics more in life, since it is just so much more noticeable than mathematics is (though I'd agree mathematics is not sparse in our lives).

So, which do you think I should take at higher education? I would like to go into particle theory, but I keep thinking about whether or not I'll regret the choice. I like calculus too and like some of the higher maths material -- but it just doesn't seem as interesting as physics. On average, who is paid more -- a mathematician, or a physicist? Which is more fun, more interesting?

I am not a 'hands-on' person per se, since I am actually quite bad with my hands. I am a fan of theoretical physics, but I like to look at things that I can actually experiment with and see the results for myself. So which should I choose - maths or physics?

Thanks.