cato88 wrote:I think that is approximately an excellent plan if you add two courses above the minimum if the minimum is calculus for your major requirements. I would also suggest you use the extra time for research, doing well on your other classes maximize GPA and eventually studying for the PGRE.
coreycwgriffin wrote:I disagree completely. You're not going to want to take the bare minimum. I suggest taking the full calculus sequence, and at least a course in linear algebra and differential equations..
cato88 wrote:coreycwgriffin wrote:I disagree completely. You're not going to want to take the bare minimum. I suggest taking the full calculus sequence, and at least a course in linear algebra and differential equations..
Thats the same advice I gave, Calc and two classes above that.
twistor wrote:I think the advanced math courses appeal to a lot of people because of the resemblance to advanced physics, but don't let that fool you.
coreycwgriffin wrote:Sorry for the misunderstanding, then. I was thrown off by your suggestion of it being an "excellent plan" to take as little math as possible.
cato88 wrote:coreycwgriffin wrote:Sorry for the misunderstanding, then. I was thrown off by your suggestion of it being an "excellent plan" to take as little math as possible.
I still think it is an excellent plan to take as little math as possible to get into graduate school. However I think as little math as possible is a few courses above calc. It makes sense because we are people without infinite time therefore instead of spending time in math courses fostering relationships with math professors you should be spending that time doing research fostering relationships physics professors. This will pay off when asking for recommendations you will have stronger relationships with physics professors which means stronger letters of recommendations. I fully understand that you have taken loads of math classes (I have too) but by taking more math classes you arent catering to the physics graduate admission process which makes the committee decision easier. I fully realize that when I take abstract algebra I am doing it with the risk of it being a detriment to my application because I could have spent that time in the lab or with physics professors.
coreycwgriffin wrote:My physics department has only 6 faculty members, all of whom I've either taken a class with or have TA'd for , and I've even had dinner at 3 of their houses, so not taking math classes just to suck up to professors who already know me incredibly well isn't really beneficial.
coreycwgriffin wrote:I find it pretty unbelievable, in any case, that taking more math classes can ever hurt someone.
coreycwgriffin wrote:Finally, just on a personal note, I've only ever taken classes I've found interesting and useful. I'm not catering to anyone, and I don't plan on starting any time soon. If grad schools like me and want me to study there, great. If not, that's their own problem. I know I've taken appropriate courses that will help me in graduate school, but I've also been able to enjoy my time here learning new things outside of the box as well.
tmc wrote:You also have to realize that the people you're catering to just might know what a student needs to know in order to succeed in your field better than you do.
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