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What will you be studying this semester?

  1. Aug 28, 2004 #1
    I understand that in the US the academic year has already started, and the rest of us will follow shortly.
    So let's share, what are you studying this year and courses will you take this semester?

    I'm starting my MSc program in physics (yippie !), and the first year consists of "A Thorough Course in Everthing". After that, in your second year, you chose a field of study and you specialise.

    This semester I'll be doing

    Mathematical Methods of Physics
    Complex Analysis
    Quantum Mechanics
    Statistical Physics
    Elementary Particle Physics
    Advanced Labwork
     
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  3. Aug 28, 2004 #2
    That sounds like a pretty tough work load. I love the title of my book, "Basic Complex Analysis."
     
  4. Aug 28, 2004 #3
    Geez...I haven't even begun my exams yet :biggrin: :cry: :cry:
     
  5. Aug 28, 2004 #4
    Actually, I'd will be like a vacation compared to last year. I studied for my BSc in both mathematics and physics, so I ended doing 3.5 semesters of work in only two semesters.

    I looked it up, and on average is just 18 hours/week of lectures/excercises/labwork. All that free time !! :surprise:
     
  6. Aug 28, 2004 #5

    Gokul43201

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    I may take a course on III-V Semiconductor processing from the EE Dept. There also seems to be a course on HTSC, which I may sit in on.

    Many schools in the US have started by now, but those using Quarters (like mine) instead of Semesters (like the majority) usually start a little later - say mid-september.
     
  7. Aug 28, 2004 #6

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    I'm taking 'smart structures' and 'structural dynamics' in addition to doing research into magnetostrictives.
     
  8. Aug 28, 2004 #7

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    Smart Structures, eh.

    I remember reading through parts of Srinivasan and McFarland, Smart Structures, C.U.P 2001, in the context of Vibration Isolation. Mostly, I was interested in Shape Memory Alloys (nitinol) and Magneto-rheological Fluids.
     
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  9. Aug 28, 2004 #8
    I'm still in High School:

    First Term: Physics, Advanced Math, History, Computer Science, Advanced English.
    Second Term: I forget the order but Physics and History are gone and I have Chemistry and Entrepreneurship. All the other subjects are the same but will cover different material.
     
  10. Aug 28, 2004 #9

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    Boy, have I got it easy! Anthropology, Psychological Statistics, and Chemistry for Fall quarter. That's about as much as I can do while working 40 hours a week.
     
  11. Aug 28, 2004 #10
    I'm taking:

    Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems
    Design/manufacturing lab
    Instrumentation/measurement lab
    Intro to Theoretical Physics
    Intro to Modern Physics
    Electricity/Magnetism 1

    The 3 last ones will fulfill a minor in Physics at my University. I am an aerospace engineer, though after talking to one of the physics professors he said I could graduate with a dual degree in Aerospace and Physics with only 15 extra hours (one extra semester).

    I am really contemplating that.
     
  12. Aug 28, 2004 #11

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    One of the long-term goals of the research group I'm working in is to develop a pump with no moving parts using just magnetostrictive alloys and fluids. The guys directly working on it have a prototype which they're testing.
     
  13. Aug 28, 2004 #12
    Last year of highschool starts in 4 days :frown: . Only 8 classes from last years 13 :smile: . Physics :approve: , chamistry :confused: , sports :yuck: , mathemthics :smile: , sloven langueg and literature :yuck: :yuck: , english :biggrin: , germen :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: and history :rolleyes: .
     
  14. Aug 28, 2004 #13

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    25. General Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: Physics 24 with a grade of C- or better; Mathematics 5A-B.
    Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 5.
    Recommended preparation: Physics 5L or 13CH (may be taken concurrently).
    Special relativity, blackbody radiation, Compton scattering, photoelectric effect, Bohr model, quantum mechanics, molecules, condensed matter, nuclear physics, elementary particles. (S)

    25H. Honors Supplement to General Physics (1)
    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in Physics 25.
    Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA.
    A supplement to Physics 25 emphasizing fundamental concepts and possible additional topics in physics. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students

    22. General Physics (4)
    Prerequisites: Physics 21 with a grade of C- or better; Mathematics 3A-B.
    Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 2.
    Rotational dynamics, statics, gravitation, periodic motion, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat, thermal properties of matter, the laws of thermodynamics. (S)

    22H. Honors Supplement to General Physics (1)
    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in Physics 22.
    Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA.
    A supplement to Physics 22 emphasizing fundamental concepts and possible additional topics in physics. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students. (S)

    100A . Methods of Theoretical Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: Mathematics 5C with a minimum grade of C- (for Physics 100A): Physics 100A with a minimum grade of C- (for Physics 100B).
    Mathematical methods in physics: theory of functions of complex variables, Fourier series, integral transforms, partial differential equations of physics, boundary value problems, Legendre and Bessel functions. Introduction to Hilbert spaces. (F,W)

    13CH. Honors Experimental Physics (2)
    Prerequisites: Physics 13BH; Physics 5 or 25 (may be taken concurrently).
    Not open for degree credit to students who have completed Physics 5L or Physics CS 5C. Designed to introduce undergraduates to contemporary experimental research at an early stage in their careers. Emphasis is placed on acquiring an "experimental frame of mind", professional communication skills, and a broad range of laboratory techniques.


    Good luck to everyone this quarter! :tongue:
     
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  15. Aug 28, 2004 #14
    Do so! After all, the extra work will only last a year, but the extra degree will last a lifetime!

    Gza, you seem to have a nice collection of courses there. What year are you in, might I enquire?
     
  16. Aug 28, 2004 #15
    Next two years, I finish my PhD thesis. Maybe I'll hang myself first :uhh:
     
  17. Aug 28, 2004 #16
    A common sentiment as I understand it... hang in there.
    Where and in what are you getting your PhD?
     
  18. Aug 28, 2004 #17
    I'm studing at Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique in Saclay (Paris), on the structure of the proton. Quite boring stuff in the General Discussion forum.

    See Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering to access Generalized Parton Distributions.
     
  19. Aug 28, 2004 #18
    Intro to philosophy
    Film analysis
    Macro Economic Theory
    Inorganic Chemistry II
    Inorganic Chem lab
    Graduate course on Linear Algebra
    Graduate course on Geometry
     
  20. Aug 28, 2004 #19

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    I'll be entering my third year. I'm a little behind :redface: , that's why i'm taking two physics classes at the same time (honors on top of that :yuck: ). Hopefully i'll still find enough time to get sloshed on the weekends.
     
  21. Aug 28, 2004 #20

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    Generalized Partons !! Feynman over Gellman ?

    I've heard folks get real excited about high-energy scattering...and I've heard folks that are into Proton Decay (experimental) !! :wink:
     
  22. Aug 29, 2004 #21
    this coming semester:

    Fall 2004
    8.03 – Physics III (Vibrations and Waves)
    8.033 – Relativity
    8.09 – Classical Mechanics II
    18.100B – Analysis I
    21M.301 – Harmony and Counterpoint I

    after that:

    Spring 2005
    8.04 – Quantum Physics I
    8.044 – Statistical Physics I
    18.103 – Fourier Analysis
    18.901 – Introduction to Topology
    21F.064 – Introduction to Japanese Culture

    Junior
    Fall 2005
    8.05 – Quantum Physics II
    8.13 – Experimental Physics I
    18.152 – Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
    18.701 – Algebra I
    21M.026 – Jazz

    Spring 2006
    8.06 – Quantum Physics III
    8.14 – Experimental Physics II
    8.251 – String Theory for Undergraduates
    18.702 – Algebra II
    8.225J – Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century

    Senior
    Fall 2006
    8.07 – Electromagnetism II
    8.ThU – Undergraduate Physics Thesis
    18.112 – Functions of a Complex Variable
    18.353J – Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos
    24.241 – Logic I

    Spring 2007
    8.08 – Statistical Physics II
    18.354J – Nonlinear Dynamics II: Continuum Systems
    18.904 – Seminar in Topology
    18.950 – Differential Geometry
    STS.001 – Technology in American History

    planning to double major in physics and theoretical mathematics, with a concentration in music (at least one humanities class is required per semester anyways). for anyone who has done something similar, how does my ordering of courses look? will the math courses prepare me for the math i'll need to be using in my physics courses? should i take math courses that are more applied-oriented or theoretical-oriented? any advice is appreciated, although i'm not sure i'll be able to take it, depending on which semesters the courses are offered.
     
  23. Aug 29, 2004 #22
    Just finished my master in theoretical physics at the univ. of Ghent in Belgium. In october i will be studying engineering or applied physics, right , for another two years.


    regards
    marlon
     
  24. Aug 29, 2004 #23
    Marlon, on what subject and with who did you do you masterthesis?
    Will you also be studying applied physics or engineering in Gent?

    If I'm not mistaken, with your licentiaatsdiploma in physics you need FOUR additional years to get an engineering degree (burgelijk ingenieur that is). Or is that different in Gent?
     
  25. Aug 29, 2004 #24

    ah ha, nog een fysicus van België. Dimitri, waar studeert gij?

    Ik heb mijn thesis gedaan over quarkconfinement in QCD.

    Nog twee jaar voor burgerlijk ingenieur NATUURKUNDE, maar dat kunt ge alleen maar in Gent doen. Ik wil mij vooral specializeren in fotonica en nanotechnologie (hiervoor zit ge best in Leuven, daar hebben ze zelfs een richting nanotechnologie)

    nikolaas
     
  26. Aug 29, 2004 #25
    Ik heb ook aanvraag gedaan aan de VUB voor burg. ingenieur. daar moet ik drie jaar doen. Maar het laatste jaar is eigenlijk maar thesis plus nog EEN vak. Dus laat ons zeggen twee jaar en half...
     
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