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  1. Jun 23, 2008 #1

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    "So You Want To Be A Physicist" Discussion

    Discussion on the article https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=240792" by ZapperZ

    Comments, suggestions, questions are welcome.

    The series has almost reached the end of its intended purpose. At this point, I'm looking over it to plug some holes into areas that I may have missed, or didn't emphasize enough. So any suggestions you have will definitely be welcomed. I've also started (although haven't gotten too far into it yet) a "prequel" to the series to include preparations for someone still in high school. Hopefully, that will be done soon to compliment what I've written already.

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    ZapperZ that is simply amazing work, well done!!
     
  4. Jun 26, 2008 #3
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    hasn't that same thread already been lost a few times before?
     
  5. Jun 28, 2008 #4
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    Great, I'm starting high school this year, and such a prequel would be really helpful.
     
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  6. Jul 3, 2008 #5

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    Re: ZapperZ's "So you want to be a Physicist?"

    In Chapter 10 of my "http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=df5w5j9q_5gj6wmt" [Broken], especially if he/she is a well-known scientists with a lot of demand on his/her time.

    I'd say that this is a very useful essay especially for someone either just about to start a graduate research program, or in the middle of one.

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  7. Jul 11, 2008 #6
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    I just wanted to say thank you for this really nice essay. It helped quite a lot amidst all the discouraging "advices" I was getting from all sorts of people like: "physics! have you gone mad? How about engineering? you'll make heck of alot of money, and fast..."
    yes, so this helped me alot more, and I finally got an opinion from someone who's been through it all.
    Regards,
    A.H.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2008 #7
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    great information, it doesnt directly correlate to me in all ways (being from the uk) but its really good for getting a general idea, thanks for the interesting read.
     
  9. Jul 24, 2008 #8

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    Re: ZapperZ's "So you want to be a Physicist?"

    If you think that there are significant differences between what you have to go through in the UK versus what I've described, I'd appreciate it if you could post some comments/examples. While I know a bit about how the system works in the UK, I certainly do not have a good enough idea of it when compared to someone who had gone through it. I certainly intend to include how one becomes a physicist under the UK educational system. I just can't write about it with the same "authority" as I can with the US educational system.

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  10. Jul 26, 2008 #9

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    Defending Your Ph.D Thesis With Flair

    In addition to what I had written in my essay on the preparation leading up to one's thesis defense, there is a very http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2008_07_25/caredit_a0800111" [Broken] on how one should prepare and present one's thesis defense. There are quite a few recommendations there that one might find useful.

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  11. Jul 26, 2008 #10
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    well id imagine alot of it is very similar, like making sure you stand out by a certain time, and how to go about your doctoral work etc, id have thought the main differences are on a lower educational level, i couldnt really give you more information than roughly what courses etc youd need to study until you have attained your Mphys degree, but if youd like to include it id be more than happy to help out with your understanding of the uk educational system, sorry if this post seems quick and rushed.. im in a rush! :p
     
  12. Aug 12, 2008 #11
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    Nice work, man. I am currently pursuing MSc. Eng. Physics at TU Munich, I have finished the course-work and I am planning to start working on my thesis in October. By the way, I did my BSc. Physics in Germany, too..So, will see if I could give you my experience if necessary, when I have time, of course. I just joined this forum today and honestly I have been really impressed.
     
  13. Aug 12, 2008 #12

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    It is cool being able to read this essay as I go through the process myself. (Currently on parts V-VI :smile:)

    In case I never said it before, this is a great essay and guide Zz. Wonderful job!
     
  14. Aug 13, 2008 #13
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    hey guys, i was just wondering if you knew of any helpful information for a physics degree in the U.K??
    I am halfway through my A-levels and would really like to go on to do a physics degree next year and wondered if there was any info on a U.K degree?
    Any help would be appreciated greatly :)
     
  15. Aug 13, 2008 #14

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    I don't think anyone has written anything similar for the UK system, but then I don't think there are too many differences, especially at undergrad. What sort of advice are you after? Have you started looking at universities yet?
     
  16. Aug 13, 2008 #15
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    oh right ok fair enough. yeah ive been to a few universities so far which have been really good. i only recently took a keen interest in physics and decided to take it for A-level but im worried that i wont be smart enough to do a degree but i really want to do it. I took a 3 day course at a university last month which i enjoyed but all the other students seemed to have such a better understanding and a better physics background and wondered if it was too late to do a degree?
     
  17. Aug 13, 2008 #16

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    Re: ZapperZ's "So you want to be a Physicist?"

    What A levels are you taking? I would expect someone intending to do a physics degree (and succeed) to be taking at least Physics and Maths, with a view to obtaining an A in at least Physics. Which universities have you been looking at?
     
  18. Aug 13, 2008 #17
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    Im taking Maths Physics and Sport Science. Yeah thats what i thought, well from the internal tests ive been achieving B's and A's in both maths and physics. Ive been to Exeter, Southampton and Bristol so far.
     
  19. Aug 13, 2008 #18

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    Ok, well that's a good sign.
    I'm guessing you live somewhere in the south/southeast then. I'm not sure what the entrance requirements are for those universities, but I would say that you should apply to a range of universities. So, have one that you think will be a push to reach, have the bulk of universities that you would hope to get into, and then have one "insurance" which requires lower grades that you will definitely get into. These all depend on your predicted grades, so probably wait until you've got your AS results before deciding too much about these. Other advice: make sure you go and visit the universities and the departments you apply to. Try and ask the students and (if necessary) faculty questions if you are unsure about anything. Ask the students about practical things: what are the lecturers like, what is the accommodation like, how expensive is it to live in such and such a city, what sport cloubs/societies are good, etc, etc. Try and get to have a look around the accommodation if you can, although not all universities have the facilities for this.

    Personally, I think it's more important that you pick a univeristy that you think you're going to enjoy spending your time attending, and a city that you will enjoy living in. So long as you pick a decent enough university, the departments will all be very similar quality-wise, and it will be difficult to pick somewhere solely based on this.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2008 #19
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    yes i live just south of bristol. well it differs, exeter requires BBC and Southampton requires AAB but not sure about Bristol. Yeah i get my AS results tomorrow so will have a better idea then i suppose. Yeah ive done open days for all of the ones ive mentioned so i have a good idea what they are about.
    Thank you for your help!
     
  21. Aug 16, 2008 #20
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    thank you thank you thank you!
    AHHH I want to specialize in everything!!! But I can't :C
     
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