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# How much Maths is there in a Theoretical Physics degree? watch

1. I am planning to do a Theoretical Physics degree in the future and was wondering how many Maths there is? As in how many modules are there, will the maths be Further Maths carried on? What new Maths stuff will i need to learn just to give me a rough idea...
2. My university tutor had a go at a Theoretical Physics degree , after a year and a half of hard study he found it extremely difficult to cope with the Maths, so he dropped out and went on to study for a Maths degree which he successfully completed. He always jokes about the fact that he bitten off more than he could chew with a Theoretical Physics degree.
3. Quite a lot.

The maths taught in A-level maths and further maths is your basic bread and butter for doing physics with. Calculus, matrices and complex numbers to pick out some key areas. That is just for a pure physics degree. If you do theoretical physics you will be introduced to much more maths. Most of the maths that's taught however is from a physics perspective, and as such there is less emphasis on proofs and derivations and more on applications, quite dissmilar to pure maths.

The type of maths you will use depends entirely on the area of theoretical physics. For example theoretical quantum mechanics uses abstract vector spaces. Gravitation and relativistic electrodynamics use tensor calculus.

None of the maths taught is impossible, but it depends how much effort you are willing to put into something to understand it
My university tutor had a go at a Theoretical Physics degree , after a year and a half of hard study he found it extremely difficult to cope with the Maths, so he dropped out and went on to study for a Maths degree which he successfully completed. He always jokes about the fact that he bitten off more than he could chew with a Theoretical Physics degree.
Apparently it is horrific..

Bro got 1st class hons MSc with Durham.. got 80-90% in some modules.. he tried a theoretical physics module and got something like 44%..

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