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What do you think of the rest of my schedule?

  1. Nov 4, 2009 #1
    I'm currently taking Differential Equations, a senior-level American Revolution course, and an Intermediate Macroeconomics course. I'm also working half-time. I'm not doing as well as I would like in DE - essentially a "B-" on the first exam. I just had an exam yesterday, and I think I did a little better, though. We'll see. Knowing what's ahead, what do you guys think? Will working half-time make adversely affect my performance? I know they're tough upper-level courses. Starting this year, I hadn't worked and gone to school concurrently since like 2005, and those were all lower-level courses. I'm just a bit concerned my grades will suffer slightly as I progress on.

    Also, I need a 4000-level math elective to complete my minor. As of right now, I have zero research experience, but I think I would like to have that as a career (at whatever level of degree I possess). For this reason, I chose the Electronic Devices and their Applications course over a Modern Optics and Lab course.

    http://www.uh.edu/academics/catalog/colleges/nsm/courses/math/index.php [Broken]

    http://www.uh.edu/academics/catalog/colleges/nsm/courses/phys/ [Broken]
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  3. Nov 5, 2009 #2
    No one?
  4. Nov 6, 2009 #3
    I think at most schools you end up taking two physics classes, a lab and a math class every semester--there's just no avoiding it if you want to have all the prereqs for the next semester (e.g. quantum mechanics requires PDEs,blinear algebra and mechanics, E&M requires ODEs, etc.). It's not a breeze, but it's doable! The only think I'd recommend is to be extra careful with mechanics--it's a difficult class, and you've probably never taken anything as demanding before (I'm assuming you're a freshman/sophomore right now). If you can do fine in that class (and I'm sure you will), then you'll know exactly how much time to budget for E&M and solid state physics, and whether you can afford to work 25 hours a week or not (which I think is doable if you're not taking anything other than those classes).

    As for the labs, where I go to school they are not that time-consuming. I don't know about UH.
  5. Nov 6, 2009 #4
    Hey, Rob/Bob,

    Well, all my prerequisites are in order, so I'm good to go there. For me, the two Modern Physics courses require Diff. Eq., Mechanics requires Diff. Eq., and E&M requires PDEs. So the math prerequisite courses are a little different for me.

    And, yeah, the classes in my schedule are the only classes I'm taking. I'm just a little ways into my junior year. I intentionally took all the non-science cores/electives before I got into the heavy stuff.
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  6. Nov 8, 2009 #5
    232 views! lol.
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  8. Nov 12, 2009 #7
    I think the rest of your schedule is missing a quantum mechanics course. I see your modern physics covers some of that but it doesn't seem to be the usual I'm used to. Maybe its good and proper, I don't know. I probably shouldn't base it on the course description.
  9. Nov 12, 2009 #8
    Well, it would seem Modern Physics I and II are my undergrad QM and Relativity courses. There's an Introduction to Particle Physics, but I can't fit it in my schedule.
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