# Will a Series in Probability help in an approach to understanding Quantum Physics?

1. Jul 2, 2011

### MannyP2011

I am going into my second year as a physics major and I am trying to prepare myself for undergraduate and graduate courses in quantum physics so I am thinking about taking some Probability classes and I wanted to know would it be worth it to take a Probability Series with these features:

MATH 394 Probability I (3) NW
Sample spaces; basic axioms of probability; combinatorial probability; conditional probability and independence; binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in MATH 126 or 2.0 in MATH 136; recommended: MATH 324 or MATH 327. Offered: jointly with STAT 394; AWS.

MATH 395 Probability II (3) NW
Random variables; expectation and variance; laws of large numbers; normal approximation and other limit theorems; multidimensional distributions and transformations. Prerequisite: 2.0 in STAT/MATH 394. Offered: jointly with STAT 395; WSpS.

MATH 396 Probability III (3) NW
Characteristic functions and generating functions; recurrent events and renewal theory; random walk. Prerequisite: 2.0 in MATH 395 or 2.0 in STAT 511. Offered: jointly with STAT 396; Sp.

Please give me an idea whether i should take this Series ... Thanks i really appreciate it...

2. Jul 2, 2011

### Pengwuino

Re: Will a Series in Probability help in an approach to understanding Quantum Physics

I don't think it will help you in your QM classes much, but I would take them anyways.

3. Jul 2, 2011

### chiro

Re: Will a Series in Probability help in an approach to understanding Quantum Physics

If you ever get into doing experiments and analyzing them, and providing evidence in support of a hypothesis, probability and statistics will serve you well.

4. Jul 3, 2011

### romsofia

Re: Will a Series in Probability help in an approach to understanding Quantum Physics

The probability you need in QM is very basic, but they do seem like interesting courses.