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  1. #1 How is Math used in Physics? 
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    Hi,

    As a high school student with a great interest in physics I've started to gain an insight on the fundamentals of classical physics and I can say that this is the most fascinating thing I've ever come across.

    I'm trying to delve deeper into this field, and would like to understand how mathematics is used in equations.

    How does a physicist use math as a way to display his thoughts on a certain matter? say relativity or the photoelectric effect? What is the branch of mathematics called that is used in the applied world?

    What math degree would a person need before he is able to understand the more complex equations?

    Any good books to recommend for a begginer would be greatly appreciated :wink:


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    Quote Originally Posted by MadRoach
    Hi,

    As a high school student with a great interest in physics I've started to gain an insight on the fundamentals of classical physics and I can say that this is the most fascinating thing I've ever come across.

    I'm trying to delve deeper into this field, and would like to understand how mathematics is used in equations.

    How does a physicist use math as a way to display his thoughts on a certain matter? say relativity or the photoelectric effect? What is the branch of mathematics called that is used in the applied world?

    What math degree would a person need before he is able to understand the more complex equations?

    Any good books to recommend for a begginer would be greatly appreciated :wink:
    Physicists often use mathematics poorly.

    Nearly all of mathematics finds some application in physics. The major branches of mathematics are algebra, topology, and analysis. Sometimes geometry is broken out as a separate branch. Geometry is very important in modern physics. It is central to general relativity for instance. String theory has very close ties to differential and algebraic geometry.

    Equations are a relatively small part of mathematics.

    You start to understand the basics of mathematics when you receive a PhD.

    There are many good books, depending on your background and interests.


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    The post that was here was removed as it was not an attempt to answer the OP, but rather a tirade by the poster.
    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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