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Offline Dennis

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Applied Physics
« on: May 12, 2009, 12:53:10 AM »
Has anyone taken Applied Physics in college. Everyone I've spoken to has said I'm crazy. Even more so that i'm taking it during the short summer semster.

Is it that terribly difficult? What can I expect?


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Re: Applied Physics
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 06:37:57 AM »
Everyone I've spoken to has said I'm crazy.

hehehehe... that's exactly what I was thinking before I even opened this thread. I figured you must have been thinking of taking it.

Have you ever done any other physics? It's deep stuff - but interesting if you can wrap your head around it. I think your best bet may be to get in touch with the prof who runs the course and have a chat with him/her about what to expect. Applied physics is a hugely broad field and it would be useful for you to know what the course involves before committing yourself - other wise, you might end up... er... committing yourself! ;)

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Re: Applied Physics
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 08:20:06 AM »
I am (was) pretty good at physics, although I absolutely hated college physics.  One thing I learned from taking summer classes almost every summer session... it's a great way to get through a tough class in a short time.  In my experiences, teachers are NEVER able to cover all that they plan to in a month-long class, so there's less total material to cover.  Also, having class every day made it easy for me to stay focused.  Maybe it's because I have a fairly short attention span (ADHD), but I loved summer classes... compared to standard semester classes.  In fact, I always got A's and an occasional B in summer school with what I felt like was minimal effort.  I think Applied Physics would certainly be a lot easier and more interesting than the physics classes I took ( I got a BS and had to take several).  It kind of reminds me of that one summer class I took... History of Math taught by Dr. Kambuli.  He was Zulu and had the most musical voice.
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Re: Applied Physics
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 11:20:40 AM »
Hubby took applied physics as part of his electrical engineering / mathmatics degree.  He emphatically stated that unless your major depends on it, then yes, you are crazy.  Taking it in the summer may or may not be so crazy.  It all depends on the professor and how fast s/he goes and how much s/he is willing to skip.  But, overall, he said you're still crazy. :P

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Re: Applied Physics
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 12:47:28 PM »
I am NOT a science and ESPECIALLY not a mathmatical person but I did take a couple of Astronomy classes which are in the Physics Dept. at A&M, and I took them as stand-alone classes in the summer. If you're going to do it, I recommend summer. If it's hell then at least it will be a shorter hell. Find some hot geek to help you understand all that friction'n'stuff.


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