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bhobba

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As most of you probably know I am not formally qualified in physics - but math and computer science - my physics is self taught.

I thought I might rectify that and do an appropriate degree by distance learning - with my arthritis and now broken Femur going to actual classes would be a drag so I decided on distance education. There was nothing decent here in Australia - our Open Learning is more oriented to vocational areas like computer science so I had a look at the University of Open Learning in the UK. The following degree in Math/Physics looked suitable:

http://www.openuniversity.edu/courses/qualifications/q77?

So I enrolled thinking I would get credit for my math degree. But drat's - it was completed in 1982 and they only accept credit for subjects done in the last 16 years. But they did say for students with strong math backgrounds I can double up on math courses - I still need to pass the exam but can take two at a time instead of the usual one because for me its mostly revision. I thought OK - I will go ahead on that basis and enrolled.

But I have been looking at the math degree:

http://www.openuniversity.edu/courses/qualifications/q31?

I has a good range of actual physics subjects third year - I would take:

Deterministic and stochastic dynamics

Electromagnetism

Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics

The quantum world

Its actually the same as I would take in the Math/Physics degree. But with more math I could go through it faster. The con of course is I do not do the physics preparatory subject:

Physics: from classical to quantum

I am not sure I really need it with my self study, they have only math subjects as a real must have, but the university does recommend it.

I could say more but I think that's enough to start the discussion. So its over to whoever wants to reply.

Thanks

Bill