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Whats the difference?

  1. Sep 4, 2010 #1
    I have been in the military for awhile now and I am planning on getting out here soon. I am wanting to pursue a BS Physics but some of the colleges I am looking at only offer a BS Applied Physics. Are the two the same or whats the difference?
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  3. Sep 4, 2010 #2
    An Applied Physics degree is the use of Physics concepts to analyse and develop technology or ideas that "apply" to society. I've never actually encountered this degree and it appears to be more acquainted to a more experimental Physics rather than a Purely Theoretical Physics.
  4. Sep 4, 2010 #3
    Applied physics is more like engineering where you apply the formula derived from theoretical physics, where you study the how's and what's about the formula itself.
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