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In physics culture, most people do not care what inspired you. Telling stories (in the sense of a narrative with a sequence of events) is not a popular activity among physicists. I would not include an inspirational or motivational story in an application for anything relating to physics. Your statement should describe what you want to do (your purpose) ...


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NO!!! Telling stories about your childhood will not "grip the reader from the first line on," it will put them to sleep. Possible exception if something truly unusual happened during your childhood (e.g., being hunted by the mob), but chatting with your father's friend does not rise to this level. Moreover, this is a professional document in which ...


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It was okay to mention colleagues/relatives/family friends getting you interested in some particular topic during the initial assignment at the university right after high school, at least where I'm at. By the time of writing master's SoP, however, one is expected to know lot more about various areas of modern physics. Writing about "inspirational" ...


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This is not something for the CV, which lists your past accomplishments of various kinds. It is more the stuff for the SoP, but it might be a bit too detailed - especially listing specific courses. But you should at least talk about which major subfield(s) you are most interested in. In my case it was both Analysis and Topology. But it was a bit more ...


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Check the website of the program you're interested in. Here's an example. Basic preparation should include courses in advanced calculus, linear algebra, modern algebra, complex variables, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, modern physics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. Knowledge of the following fields is desirable: real ...


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A MS in the US doesn't have a national definition. It is defined by the individual university (or university system). So, the time to completion of the degree gives you almost no information about its quality. Since Stony Brook is highly reputable (one of the top two state universities in New York) I'd expect that education there to be high quality. It is ...


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I took comprehensive exams and remember them to be quite difficult. However, I get the impression that every school makes their own exams - there is no "standard" comprehensive exam. So maybe one school is hard and the other easy. It is a high-stakes exam because there are limited attempts. I remember when sitting for my comprehensive exams ...


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The general rule is that research is about knowledge not confirming "expected" results. Knowing that something is false or doesn't work is knowledge and it can be very valuable. Your professor made an hypothesis and you seem to have shown that it is false. That is worth knowing. It doesn't invalidate future work, but requires that you redirect it. ...


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There might not be any difference at all. My masters is an MA from an R1 university. I had the choice of degrees just by applying for one or the other. There was no difference in requirements. I took the MA since my math undergraduate was a BA, and again, I had the choice, but only there because I'd taken various humanities courses as well as math. It might ...


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A bachelor's or a master's is for practitioners. A PhD is for researchers. For example, if you're studying computer science and your goal is a software development job at Google or Facebook, a master's would be a great choice. But if you'd like to join their research groups or become tenure track faculty at an R1 university, you probably need a PhD.


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The University of Chicago is on the quarter (meaning trimester: the fourth quarter is in the summer) system: a quarter lasts ten weeks. Harvard University is on the semester system: a semester lasts 13 weeks. I received a master's degree (while being an undergraduate) at Chicago, for which I took 9 graduate courses. I received a PhD at Harvard and took, ...


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There is no doubt that your low score makes it difficult. However, it does not make it impossible. There are national competitive tests (GATE/NET ...) of various kinds for admissions to Master's (and higher) programmes in India. If you do well in them, you improve your chances quite a bit. Note that eligibility for these programmes in centrally funded ...


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I see no problem with this. Departments are well aware that people often need to make multiple applications in case they are not accepted into their preferred program. To ensure you don't waste the department's time you should be explicit in your application for the masters program that this is a "fallback" position if your application for a PhD ...


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I taught at a university that had terms of 7 weeks in spring and summer and semesters of 14 weeks in fall and winter. I taught the same class (Integral Calculus) four times, twice during the terms, twice during the semesters. Term classes met twice as often as semester classes. We covered the same material and used the same book. Guess which classes had ...


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With a good recommendation from one employer and a good academic record you should be admitted to many masters degrees in computer science. The industrial experience is definitely a plus. If you need funding you may have a problem. Many masters degrees aren't fully funded, even for strong applicants.


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For topology and geometry of space or their applications in quantum mechanics or general relativity one needs to have a good understanding of tensor algebra, typically used in General Relativity (GR) courses. So if you want to study different topologies of space-time and its implications on GR, then you need to be able to perform matrix and tensor algebra ...


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There are many points to consider. You should think about what is your priority in the long-term since a PhD typically will take 5 years in India and 3 years in some other countries in the least, that too after a 2 years Master's degree. So if you don't really see yourself working on academic research for 3-5 years down the line, then a PhD is probably not ...


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