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Which upper div mathematics undergrad classes will be useful forTheoretical Physicts?

  1. Feb 24, 2012 #1
    Hey u guys. Say I'm an undergraduate wanting to be a physicist. Not just any physicist, but a theoretical physicist. Say that I'm already planning on taking all of the "Mathematical methods for Physics" courses offered at my university, but now I want more of some math action.

    Which subjects of upper div math classes do you think are the most important for physicists to learn?



    Also, as a second question: Would double-majoring in mathematics (or maybe just minoring in it) greatly help?
     
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  3. Feb 24, 2012 #2
    Re: Which upper div mathematics undergrad classes will be useful forTheoretical Physi

    1) Graduate Mathematical Methods in Physics in both departments if offered
    2) Graduate Group Theory, offered in the physics department
    3) Linear Algebra & Complex Analysis
    4) PDE's
    5) Algebra & Analysis
    6) Probability Theory

    There are more specific classes like differential geometry, functional analysis, etc, etc but this is, imo, the core (unless I forgot something).
     
  4. Feb 25, 2012 #3
    Re: Which upper div mathematics undergrad classes will be useful forTheoretical Physi

    Yes, if you want to do theoretical physics you should double major in math. Jorriss had some good suggestions for where those credits should go, but I would talk to some theory faculty in your department.
     
  5. Feb 25, 2012 #4
    Re: Which upper div mathematics undergrad classes will be useful forTheoretical Physi

    Hey, thanks for that list! May I ask how each subject will help my physics career? I've taken only the freshman/sophomore math and physics classes, and I would like to know how those subjects will benefit me. Thanks!
     
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