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Ferrel81

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My core physics units will cover quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electrodynamics, special relativity, statistical physics, nuclear physics, elementary particles and computational physics.

In addition to these units, in first semester I can choose any two of the following units:

- photon physics (part of an experimental physics major, covering optics, photonics and synchrotron physics)

- relativity and cosmology (general relativity, cosmology and black holes)

- partial differential equations

- computational mathematics (intro to numerical computing, using MATLAB)

- real analysis

- analysis and topology (focusing on Banach spaces, this unit would require that I also do real analysis)

In second semester I can choose any two of the following units:

- condensed matter physics (an experimental physics unit)

- ordinary differential equations (which also develops skills using MATLAB)

- complex analysis

- differential geometry

I've done a bit on ODE's and PDE's last year, and some linear algebra, but I have no experience with MATLAB or any other programming/computational software.

Basically, from the above units my main quandary is:- Should I focus on just doing more physics units, even if they focus on areas of physics outside my main interest? Or, should I focus on pure maths units (like topology and differential geometry) that will relate to graduate theoretical physics studies? Or, should I focus on applied maths units (PDE's and ODE's) to get my computational skills up.

If anyone has some informed advice, it would be extremely appreciated.