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  1. #1 Physics Education: I could really use some advice 
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    Hi there,

    I could really use some advice.

    I took philosophy at university (in England, that is) and graduated two years ago. The course was great, but about a year in, I discovered a passion for physics. I kept with the course but spent most of my free time taking an amateur interest on the side with physics instead. Now, two years on, the passion for it hasnít wavered and Iím more enthralled with it than ever. Iím a little confused about where to go with this. Iím English, but living in Thailand teaching at the moment. Iíve been wondering about studying internationally, but I know very little about universities outside the UK and their admissions policies. My other problem is A levels. For the sake of non-English readers: A levels are essentially the qualifications you need to get into college. You take them at 17 and theyíll define which universities you can get into. I chose a mixture of English and the humanities. Not very conducive to taking a science degree, but then I was more fired up about philosophy back then.
    After a few years of thinking about it (Iím 23 now), I still feel just as drawn to an eventual career in physics as when I became interested. So, for those of you in the know:
    1. How easy would it be to study internationally? With a few years of teaching, hopefully money wonít be too much of a problem. Has anybody done the same thing?
    2. What kind of math qualifications would be essential for university placement in Europe?
    3. Or is it just too late, and Iíve missed the boat entirely?
    Thanks,
    Exurbia.


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    Wow... that great, same like me.. physics just too interesting

    hmmm

    study internationally.. I think the most difficult is the language, one more, every collage around the world have same curriculum, if you do not have much money i think the best options is use the money to buy book, tools, or build your own lab. it'll be more effective. 1 book = 10-20 class hours + far more cheap, just need passion (personal experience)

    in my opinion if all you want is certificate and experience, save money and study abroad, but if all you want knowledge use the money to buy book, tools, or build your own lab.

    And it's never too late to learn.


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    I'm 23 and going back to school for a physics degree. I must start at the bottom and work up through college. Getting my gen-ed's out of the way in the next year and a half. Including a LOT of math, and then hoping to explore physics at a university.
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    Is it too competitive in England?
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    Honestly evaluate your abilities. What is a reasonable goal for you to achieve in physics? There are not very many people earning their living as physicists - only the very best will make it. You will probably need a PhD. Are you at or near the top of the physics classes you have taken?
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    We can make the tomorrow following today.
    Science gives people the hope always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthelight View Post
    We can make the tomorrow following today.
    What? Tomorrow does follow today. What's your point?
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    Physics can certainly be enthralling for some. It is a fairly exact science. Unlike math, but like other sciences, there are rarely any certainties to it. Some even suggest that the ultimate foundation of physics is philosophy. Such assertions are based upon the assumptions involved with the foundations of physics. Here below is one quote that indicates what may be involved.

    Although there is a lot of logic involved in physics, ultimately it boils down to the math and equations. To major in physics, math should be a strong aptitude or yours. Some would suggest that the bottom line foundations of physics still remains uncertain.

    (Physics) is not, however, self-sufficient as a field, in that its own foundations— (even) those first principles upon which it depends—are insecure without a few (primary) assumptions. Perhaps these assumptions will some day be measured and quantified, but those measurements will surely rely on even more assumptions. In the meantime, and perhaps as an inherent restriction, these assumptions themselves cannot ultimately be answered by physics without appeals to philosophy.
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    First Principles and Scientific Limits | The Nicene Guys
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