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I Why combination and permutation is useless in physics

  1. May 11, 2017 #1
    discuss whether combination and permutation in math are useless in physics
    the undergraduate math courses related to physics always contain algebra,complex number and calculus.

    however we don't need to study discrete math /combination and permutation in those courses

    that means those stuffs are useless in physics ?if so, why they are useless in physics?
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  3. May 11, 2017 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    Stat mech and the Gibbs paradox.
  4. May 11, 2017 #3
    You need permutations for differential forms, which are used in physics.
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    Is this for a schoolwork/homework question?
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