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When to take Quantum Mech.

  1. Aug 16, 2010 #1
    Hello all, I've been lurking these forums for quite some time and now run into an issue of what classes i am taking this coming fall semester. I'm entering my junior year so i am just beginning to take my upper division courses as a physics major, but am largely confused as to whether i should take QM this year or wait until my senior year. As of now my fall schedule is the following.

    Phys 2501W : Lab - This is basically the undergraduate lab, which from what i have heard is not all the hard but time consuming because of the lab reports and what not.
    Phys 3101 : Mechanics 1 - Using Morin's Intro to Classical Mechanics
    Phys 3201 : E&M 1 - Using Griffiths
    Math 2210 : Linear Algebra - Sophomore level course
    Then either Phys 3401 : QM 1 - Using Griffiths OR a gen ed req. (probably bio)

    Thus far i've taken Calc 1, 2, 3 (multi and vector), and Diff Eq's, Calc based physics (Halliday & Resnic), and modern physics ( krane's modern physics).

    Anyway, my main concern is that if i take QM this year then this semester might be to much to handle so i wondering if you guys thought this would be a good idea. My main reason for wanting to take it this year is because some senior electives that i would like to take require QM as a Prereq ( like intro to particle physics ), but on the other hand if i wait until my senior year to take it then i will also have linear algebra and a course on complex variable under my belt ( taking complex variable in the spring).
    Thanks in advance.
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