Helio wrote:wait wait wait... here how in gods name can you already have 64 credit hours worth of work? That is 16 (over three years it is easily doable, I know that much) APs with 4 or 5s.. On a second... how can you take QM I without taking the intro to modern physics? I have seen it done, but those people had special circumstances and ended up at caltech. on a third... so you are trying to take exams that basically exempt you from nearly all the upper division requirements for physics? When do you want to take the time for this? The jump from undergrad QM to grad QM is a true leap of faith, you can't do that with self-study and reading textbooks, you are not an expert on this stuff and it gets pretty hairy. The same thing with Nuclei, Particles, and Fields. It is self-study material, but you won't really understand some of the weird details of it, esp. in the fields... QFT is a brain buster.
Honestly, before you go off on applying to REUs and whatever you want to do. Be sure what you are getting yourself into. Intro modern physics was honestly a joke for me, QM I got a bit harder, but not much, so yeah they seem like easy classes at the moment, but don't get blinded. Be a student first get dirty with classes and go off into dreamland.
BTW, AP Physics C is a joke compared to intro college physics classes I took
Well, yea, I only applied to two colleges, got denied by my primary, and got into the other, heh.. yea I've taken 12 APs (11 5's and 1 4), and 3 other college level classes through universities here, and after this semester, I'll have about 70 credits or so (I'm not a transfer student... it's just that I got really lucky with my school offering so many resources and many people willing to work out a schedule for planning with me). By end of next semester, I'll have more than 90, so that's senior level.. as I said, I just guess I got lucky because people advised me pretty well as to what classes to take.. this is why I'm asking for advice again
I've actually already started reading Sakurai, and the problems, while instructive, are pretty easy. One of my profs actually recommended me to take grad quantum
I particularly thought I understood quantum because while our class average was a low C on the exams, I scored well (high A's on all) on the exams.
One reason I'm really interested in HEP/Accelerator physics is because I'm interested in both physics (HEP especially, because it involves a combination of math, which I was pretty good at in high school [ranked top 5 in state in math teams, AMC tests, USAMO, etc.], computer science, and physics, all three of which I really enjoyed in high school) and medicine. I'm thinking about getting a PhD in accelerator physics and moving on to either become a researcher at a national laboratory in HEP or a medical physicist (they use accelerators in neutron therapy, etc.)
I was thinking on doing an REU with HEP one summer and the Medical Physics program in another. Could you recommend any particular REUs for this?