FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

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FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby atheist » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:26 am

Hi,

I want to be a theoretical physicist. I am from India. I couldn't get a physics bachelors course due to various reasons. I am now stuck up with a mechanical engineering course. I want to give the physics GRE after completing my engineering degree, i.e. four years from now. I have the standard books on undergrad. physics.

What I want to ask is, that would it be practically possible for me to study physics alongwith engineering? Is it practically possible to bear the stress, with all the engineering lab work, and coursework and all? I mean is it possible without going insane?

And also, since I don't have the right course, I don't wanna waste much time in unecessary preparation. I would be using the following books for preparing for the physics GRE. Please tell if they are ok or not.


Halliday resnick


Mechanics: An intro. to mechanics - David Kleppner and Robert Kloenkow


Elelctrodynamics : Electrodynamics - D.J. Griffiths


Quantum Mechanics - D.J. Griffiths/ S. Gasiorowicz


Thermodynamics : Zemmansky and Dittman


Statistical mechanics: kerson huang



Is it possible practically? Please I need desperate help....thanks....any useful suggestions for the GRE would help.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby satyad18 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:02 pm

atheist wrote:What I want to ask is, that would it be practically possible for me to study physics alongwith engineering? Is it practically possible to bear the stress, with all the engineering lab work, and coursework and all? I mean is it possible without going insane?

Impossible is nothing. :) I studied physics along with engineering!

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby atheist » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:40 pm

@satyad18

so are you studying physics at post graduate level now? please tell me how you did it in a slightly detailed way if you can!! my mail id is metalrose_03@yahoo.co.in

im w8ing for yr mail....

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Postby pqortic » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:00 pm

atheist, you will learn part of the Halliday book in general physics courses. and I think part of thermo due t your major. your main concerns should be quantum mechanics and electromagnetics. you should be able to take some classes in those areas or just join the classes as a free audience.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby blackcat007 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:04 am

atheist wrote:Hi,

I want to be a theoretical physicist. I am from India. I couldn't get a physics bachelors course due to various reasons. I am now stuck up with a mechanical engineering course. I want to give the physics GRE after completing my engineering degree, i.e. four years from now. I have the standard books on undergrad. physics.

What I want to ask is, that would it be practically possible for me to study physics alongwith engineering? Is it practically possible to bear the stress, with all the engineering lab work, and coursework and all? I mean is it possible without going insane?

And also, since I don't have the right course, I don't wanna waste much time in unecessary preparation. I would be using the following books for preparing for the physics GRE. Please tell if they are ok or not.


Halliday resnick


Mechanics: An intro. to mechanics - David Kleppner and Robert Kloenkow


Elelctrodynamics : Electrodynamics - D.J. Griffiths


Quantum Mechanics - D.J. Griffiths/ S. Gasiorowicz


Thermodynamics : Zemmansky and Dittman


Statistical mechanics: kerson huang



Is it possible practically? Please I need desperate help....thanks....any useful suggestions for the GRE would help.


YES IT IS POSSIBLE! I am a mechanical engg (just completed my bachelors this May) and now I am going to do PhD in Physics in University of Florida this August.
you have to do more than just preparing for Physics GRE. you have to gain some undergraduate research experience to have a decent profile. Also for PGRE, you don't have to belabor on Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics as pointed out by pqortic. you should Resnick holistically, QM and EM from Griffiths (mostly the image method for the latter) and a bit of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism may be from Marion or Goldstein. And one most important thing is modern physics from Beiser or Serway.
Browse through this year's profiles to get an idea of trends.
Best of luck

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Postby CKtalon » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:45 am

Kerson Huang for stat mech is overkill as it is around the graduate level course.
An undergrad book like Thermal Physics by Kittel and Schroeder's (An Intro to Thermal Physics) will include both thermal and statistical physics that you need to know.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby diabolicswati » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:20 am

I too have the same issue.I'm from India and had to take up mechanical engineering but i am and have always been interested in theoretical phyiscs.If i gp forward with giving the physics gre,how much of preparation does it require?and also how do i go about studying topics that i am not even remotely familiar with?(since there are no classes available in India for physics gre as not many people give it from here.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby satyad18 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:00 pm

diabolicswati wrote:I too have the same issue.I'm from India and had to take up mechanical engineering but i am and have always been interested in theoretical phyiscs.If i gp forward with giving the physics gre,how much of preparation does it require?and also how do i go about studying topics that i am not even remotely familiar with?(since there are no classes available in India for physics gre as not many people give it from here.

If you want to go forward, you can give physics gre in November 2011 or you can go to Nepal or to Sri Lanka to give the April test. IMO, you don't need to go for any classes to prepare well. Intense self study for about 3-4 months would suffice. For books and other preparatory materials, search this website.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby schwiss » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:32 pm

satyad18 wrote:
diabolicswati wrote:I too have the same issue.I'm from India and had to take up mechanical engineering but i am and have always been interested in theoretical phyiscs.If i gp forward with giving the physics gre,how much of preparation does it require?and also how do i go about studying topics that i am not even remotely familiar with?(since there are no classes available in India for physics gre as not many people give it from here.

If you want to go forward, you can give physics gre in November 2011 or you can go to Nepal or to Sri Lanka to give the April test. IMO, you don't need to go for any classes to prepare well. Intense self study for about 3-4 months would suffice. For books and other preparatory materials, search this website.


By the way, why do you people say "give an exam". I have never ever seen a native English-speaker use the word give there. I understand it probably comes from your language, but I would guess that someone, somewhere used the correct word. But no, I have never ever seen an Indian/Pakistani (I apologize if this applies only to either group) say "take an exam".

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby satyad18 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:04 pm

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby CarlBrannen » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:53 am

schwiss wrote:By the way, why do you people say "give an exam".


Because the students "give the answers".

From what I can see, it's an idiom standard to India; it seems that the rest of the world uses the opposite sense (i.e. the instructor gives the exam and the students take it).

I can see that the Indian version makes a certain sense. One gives "gifts". Is an exam a gift? No.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby schwiss » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:33 am

CarlBrannen wrote:
schwiss wrote:By the way, why do you people say "give an exam".


Because the students "give the answers".

From what I can see, it's an idiom standard to India; it seems that the rest of the world uses the opposite sense (i.e. the instructor gives the exam and the students take it).

I can see that the Indian version makes a certain sense. One gives "gifts". Is an exam a gift? No.


One can also give a beating.

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Re: FROM ENGINEERING TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Postby HappyQuark » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:54 pm

schwiss wrote:One can also give a beating.


In the United States we have a similar phrase that goes, "Kick his ass, seabass!"

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Postby CarlBrannen » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:59 am

schwiss wrote:One can also give a beating.


Yes. And here's the closest to the Indian usage at freedictionary:

"To perform for an audience: give a recital."
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/give




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