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What do I do?

  1. Dec 16, 2003 #1
    Hello all,

    My name is Nick and I'm a 14 year old freshman in high school. Since I first heard Michio Kaku on Coast To Coast AM a few years back I've dreamed of being a physicist.

    Naturally I've been into science and the sciences as my father is an enviromental science teacher at my local high school (I attend a different vocational school). But right now I've got my heart set on a theoretical physicist of some sort.

    So, like I mentioned, I attend a vocational school, meaning I choose a vocation which I want to studdy and be taught for half of my school life. I'm having trouble as to what I should choose as a trade. I want to do something that could help me in my persuit of physics and right now I'm debating over electronics and drafting. Electronics is basically working with circuits, making CD players work, etc. and drafting is basically designing houses and such.

    My question is which trade should I take?

    Also, what else should I do in my young teenager years to help me become the best physicist I can be when I'm old enough to actually become one.

    Thank you.
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  3. Dec 16, 2003 #2


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    Um, I'm not sure that vocational school is a good place to get a background for becoming a theoretical physicist.

    Basically, you should be taking as much math as you can -- especially calculus, differential equations, statistical analysis and linear algebra.

    Although you're not going to get a whole lot of this at a vocational school, you may also want abstract algebra and differential geometry.

    Obviously, you'll want to take as much in the physics courses as possible.

    John Baez has a pretty good reading list:

    Of the choices you give, electronics is closer to physics. Most of the people who do theoretical physics have post-graduate degrees - often more than one.
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