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Questions tagged [physics]

On standards or conventions specific to physics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Calculus and Physics for beginners. Suggestions for books [on hold]

I would like to start brushing up on some math and physics. Mostly math that theoretical physicist use. Want to start with the basics so wanted some suggestions on books that'll help me with this. I ...
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After completing a Mathematics degree and an Electrical Engineering degree, is it possible to pursue a master in Physics?

I am currently studying Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor in Mathematics. I'm interested in theoretical physics, and I wonder if it is possible to pursue a Master degree in theoretical physics ...
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How to write practice exams as a student as a way to study

I'm an upper-division physics student. I have finals coming up next week and I want to take the advice of one of my professors from several years ago: write your own exams for practice and give them ...
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Which physics journal has fast peer review/ fast publication speed, but are also beginner-friendly? [closed]

I have not published so much papers in Physics Journals; you can see some papers in post-publication peer review Journal "The Winnower" www.thewinnower.com Now I want to write some Theoretical ...
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Should I withdraw from a course? [closed]

I am majoring in physics and taking electromagnetic theory 2 this semester but it is not required from me to take because I have a minor of computer science, so I am taking the course as a general ...
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Is it possible to pursue a research assistant job, after completion of postgraduation?

I was just wondering if it's possible to be hired as an RA after graduating. I just want more insight before I can decide and pursue a PhD position. I would like to work for a Canadian University. I ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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Years of experience - how to count PhD and postdoc years [closed]

I am a physicist specialized in developing algorithms for microscopy techniques and after a postdoc I am applying for data scientist / engineer positions at various startups. To estimate what would be ...
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How much is the quantitative GRE score important when applying to competitive physics PhD programs? [closed]

I'm applying for strong physics programs. I recently took the GRE Test. I got a 160 in quantitative. However, I don't think my basic math skills are lacking. I unfortunately had to take an unscheduled ...
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Deadline for resubmission in Physical Review E [closed]

As the title suggests, does anyone what is a typical deadline for the resubmission in the mentioned journal? As it was not specified anywhere.
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How likely is it that a UK or EU PhD in STEM has to be self funded?

I am an EU citizen interested in pursuing a physics PhD in either a UK university or an European one. It looks like PhD fees for UK universities are so much higher than EU universities, so my issue ...
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What happens if my PhD interest has changed after a year?

I have had an admission for Spring semester (2019) with funding for PhD in Physics at a USA university. In my application, I mentioned that my area of interest is biophysics and experimental condensed ...
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How can a prospective PhD student know beforehand which universities have the most reputable teams/supervisors?

I am interested in astronomy/astrophysics and cosmology. It is my understanding that choosing the best supervisor/team to work with for the PHD is more crucial than choosing the best (and most ...
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Transfering between graduate programs at the same university

I have just completed my first year of a 50/50 coursework/research masters program in physics. I have a supervisor, but have not yet started the research component, which is meant to run until the end ...
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Erratum or corrigendum on arXiv too? Should the authors lists match?

We have a mistake in a published paper and we will send a Corrigendum to the journal. Concerning arXiv we have two options: Replace v1 by v2, where v2 has no longer the mistake, and state what we did ...
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Should I take the GRE physics subject test for a chemistry PhD?

I plan on applying to top chemistry graduate programs (MIT, Caltech etc.) I took the Chemistry subject test, score isn't in yet but I think it's with high expected value (because I knew everything) ...
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What is the workflow of an editor in this case? [closed]

I am rather new to the academic so I am bit insecure about the whole process. I have a small question regarding the publication process. Context: Recently I submitted a paper to a physics journal. ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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Publishing into journals as an independent undergraduate researcher

I'm an undergraduate student looking to publish 2 papers in materials physics on novel research. I've lead the project on my own as an independent research, but have worked with the departments and ...
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Do graduate schools dislike when students take 5 years in undergrad?

I am currently a junior Materials Science and Engineering major at a top engineering university, and have done research in a very physics-based materials science lab for the past two years. I love ...
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Is it good to finish a PhD fast?

I am not going to give details about the situation (for obvious reasons) but here it is: I got accepted for PhD to a very good American university, in experimental particle physics and I met a famous ...
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Should I use double quotes throughout the paper even after defining the terms in the introductory section?

Say I have introduced/defined some not-so-common terms like "clock register", "ancilla", etc. in the first section of a research paper, and while doing so I kept them within double quotes. However, I ...
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Applying for Physics PhD program with strong application but weak test scores

I am a fourth-year physics B.S. student at the University of Virginia graduating this year. I'm planning to pursue a PhD program. I would like to get into the US top 50 schools. I don't really like to ...
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Inadmissible theorems in research

One of my engineering friends told me how he once had to take a make-up calculus I exam due to being hospitalised and so self-studied a lot of the missed topics. For the make-up exam, he used L'...
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Alternative careers for one who wanted to study theoretical physics [closed]

I have immense interest in physics and maths and I love thinking and brainstorming. So naturally, the field "Theoretical Physics" allured me. But later I came to know that the job opportunity as an ...
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Can you get into a top grad school coming from UT Knox? [closed]

I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I got a BA in Philosophy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. During my senior year, I discovered an incessant love of physics. However, I’ve had to ...
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Field-dependency of politics and public shaming in academia

I have recently been quite shocked to learn of the blog of an accomplished string theorist, which includes a lot of personal invective against physicists he disagrees with, as well as a lot of non-...
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Theoretical Astroparticle Physics Institutions [closed]

After I finish my Mphys Physics course (next year) I am looking to do a phd in theoretical physics. One of the subjects I am interested in is astroparticle physics. I have searched the web for days ...
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The utility of graduate math study for theoretical physics [closed]

This is question that should primarily be answered by theoretical physicists, as mathematicians always are going to want to say to take more math. I am going into my third year of undergraduate study ...
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I have an opportunity to do internship at the cost of a gap in my academic year. Should I accept it? [closed]

I have just completed my B.Sc in Physics and I have a unique opportunity to do internship in my field of interest for more than 6 months. If I choose it, I may not be ble to start with my Masters' ...
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Conference and journal papers in physics

I am preparing an interdisciplinary paper for publication in a leading physics journal. A preliminary version of this paper has been submitted to a conference in my field. Can the editors reject my ...
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Theoretical Particle Physicist path [closed]

I am currently on a 4-year Mphys undergraduate degree (finished my 3rd year) in the UK. Although I am not sure yet, I am very interested in fundamental particle physics (High Energy Physics). During ...
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D.Eng. or Ph.D. on a degree?

My friend is soon to obtain her doctoral degree in applied physics and start postdoc. She is provided by the department a chance to choose what to be displayed on the degree (between D.Eng. and Ph.D., ...
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Getting into a cs program with a physics undergraduate degree

I'm currently a physics undergraduate student with poor grades. I started the physics program just because I liked physics but it wasn't my specially and I wasn't interested in academia. I've changed ...
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How do I get physicists to listen to something that they do not want to hear? (Not a duplicate) [duplicate]

My words are coherent and intelligible. My arguments are valid and sound. It is nonsense to accuse me of being a crackpot simply because you do not wish to hear what I have to say. Please remove the ...
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What are the eligibility criteria for having physics lectureship in India?

I have an admission interview tomorrow, and have to know the possibility of having physics lectureship after the completion of MSc in maths. I am interested in research, but want to know the ...
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What is the eligibility criteria for doing research in physics?

I will be completing my MSc in mathematics, in India; and have before completed my PUC (11 & 12th classes) in PCMC (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science), and BSc in PCM (Physics, ...
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Is this the expected behavior of an advisor in a master's thesis in Physics?

I'm a graduate student working on a master's thesis to get a master's degree and I'm quite in doubt if the behavior of my advisor is the expected one. He proposed a work on the dynamics of extended ...
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Clearinghouse for Physics Postdoc positions? [closed]

How does one find postdoc positions after completing a physics Ph.D.? Does there exist a central website listing opportunities?
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Physics or Math PhD [closed]

I have been involved in quantum control simulation physics research for the last two years of my undergrad and will pursue an honors thesis with the work. However, I am also very interested in ...
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Is an undergraduate physics degree the same everywhere in terms of coursework?

Is a degree in physics the same everywhere in terms of what is being taught or are there differences from one institution to the other ?
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During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career?

During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career ? I hear many colleges offer such optional courses along with ...
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What is the career roadmap for a physicist? [closed]

How does one find money for living expenses during studies?
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PhD in theoretical physics: good or bad for engineering jobs?

I'm a student who is currently undertaking a Master of Physics (coursework & research) at the University of Western Australia. I have also previously completed two Bachelor's degrees: one in ...
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Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y?

Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y? I’m seeing curriculum changes at our school that has pretty good math, physics, and engineering departments, and it ...
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What programming language should a physics major know? [closed]

Know how of what programming language will come in handy during a physics major's research ?
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What should physics majors work on during semester breaks? [closed]

First and second year students are unlikely to get selected for major internships (right?). Given this, what can students do after freshman and sophomore years that will be useful later on. I thought ...
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My Department head is very condescending - anything I can do about it apart from leaving the new job?

I have been facing the following "problems" with my department head at an undergraduate institute. I joined it just under a year ago and am already facing (what appears to be) a lot of negativity from ...
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Taking loan in Theoretical Physics

How common is it for students to take loan in theoretical physics? Theoretical physics and mathematics students are advised not to take loan as there are very few jobs in both fields. I got admitted ...
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How common are academic positions in theoretical physics offered to master graduates?

There are no academic positions in theoretical physics offered to master graduates worldwide based on my personal experience. First, when I was still a master student in physics, a professor in ...