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Which branch of physics would I enjoy most?

  1. Jan 13, 2016 #1
    In H.S. physics, chemistry & maths:

    I liked everything about the communication unit (lots about waves, refraction and light)

    I loved the space unit which includes a lot about satellites, space and spacetime which I am also really passionate about (relativity).

    I love watching crash course astronomy and big history cosmology.

    In chemistry really liked radiation and studying about atoms, but when things got into too many details and about how materials are produced in, I got really sick of it.

    I took Mathematics General which does not teach calculus, just real life maths problems. I did really well and never found it interesting nor boring. Just a neutral and easy subject. However, I will be having to do a calculus course before doing any science in university, and so I have been learning a bit more of what I will need to know for calculus and me don't enjoy it. Ironically what I liked most about physics the most is the maths problems, not the information!
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  3. Jan 13, 2016 #2
    You can't tell what branch of physics you will enjoy. Only what you enjoy right now. There is so much to physics that hasn't been covered in high school.
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    =) you'll discover more as you learn so no rush to it
  5. Jan 13, 2016 #4
    Well how else am i supposed to discover it after High School :l
  6. Jan 13, 2016 #5


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    An undergraduate physics degree is typically extremely broad, and you would have the opportunity to experience all of the kinds of physics you mentioned in your post, and likely some you've never heard about before.
  7. Jan 13, 2016 #6


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    Exactly. At least in the US, undergraduate physics degrees are not specialized. After you finish the introductory courses, and while you're taking the core upper-level courses (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics / statistical mechanics), you usually have the opportunity to take specialized courses in areas that you might be interested in, or start helping with research in those areas. This helps you decide which area you want to specialize in when you reach graduate school.
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    I certainly didn't end up doing the kind of physics I was convinced I wanted to do going into undergrad (and, hell, for the first two years of my degree too). Doing physics is very different from learning physics, and you start to realise this near the end of undergrad.

    And this certainly isn't unique to me, if it were, we'd have almost entirely theoretical particle physicists and theoretical cosmologists. :wink:
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