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What's the difference between Applied Physics and Physics?

  1. Oct 28, 2008 #1
    From a job and degree standpoint. I know you're applying one and not the other. So is an Applied Physicist just an Engineer?

    To take this information further, what would be the breakdown of personnel at something like CERN? What do the Theoretical Physicists, Experimental Physicists, Applied Physicists, and Engineers do? Or any other position I didn't mention. Thanks.
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  3. Oct 28, 2008 #2


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    I don't think applied physics is a very usefull term.
    Is experimental physics applied if the experiement is CERN?
    Is theoretical physics applied if the theory is about fluid flow over a wing?

    It's most often used in Uni courses descriptions where it might mean you do a couple of courses from E eng, or have an industrial placement.
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