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You always wanted to know what studying physics is all about?
Then you are exactly right here! Because in the following I will answer a few questions about my studies.
How so should you study physics?
Because physics is the most fundamental of all natural sciences and physicists are used in all areas. During your studies you will always discover new connections and learn how to approach complex problems. You will gain insights into the most fundamental laws of nature that determine our everyday life and yet only few know about them. It's also just a lot of fun when you've understood a new theory or finally solved a difficult exercise.
How is the course structured?
The bachelor's degree initially lasts 6 semesters, in which you are taught the absolute basics and, towards the end, you specialize.
You will first attend lectures in higher mathematics, experimental physics, theoretical physics, chemistry and computer science.
Experimental physics is most similar to physics in school, but the subjects are dealt with in much more detail. Furthermore, you have an internship attempt almost every week, for which you have to prepare a protocol. This is very time-consuming, as you can sit for a whole day to fill 10 pages of minutes.
Mathematics is also similar to school. With the two exceptions that everything is introduced from the ground up and you cannot use a calculator. Accordingly, the material is much more theoretical, there is a lot of evidence and less calculated.
Theoretical physics, on the other hand, is completely new, which is why it is one of the most fun. You learn the same methods as in mathematics, only that the focus here is on the application in physics and arithmetic. In addition, you will take chemistry and computer science, although you only really have to be tested in one of the two subjects.
For each lecture there is of course a corresponding exercise in which what has been learned is applied. Presence is not mandatory here either. However, I strongly recommend that you visit the exercises, as this is the only place where you can tell whether you really understand the material.
In the higher semesters you can then attend in-depth lectures, the spectrum ranges from quantum mechanics to nanophysics to business administration.
You can find more information about the structure of the course here:
What bendo you need ffor studying?
An advanced course in chemistry, physics, or math is useful, but not compulsory. It is much more important that you are enthusiastic about the content of the course. The protocols and exercises in particular are tough and extremely time-consuming. So hard work is at least as important as physical ability. However, it does not help to stubbornly learn the content by heart, rather a mathematical understanding, the ability to recognize connections and logical thinking skills are required. And even if you don't understand something or can't solve an exercise right away, don't despair!
Good textbooks and exchanging ideas with your fellow students are also extremely helpful.
What are the job prospects?
A medical student becomes a doctor, a law student becomes a lawyer and a physics student ... Yes, what actually?
With a degree in physics, almost all paths are open to you. Whether as a management consultant, journalist, patent attorney, programmer or lecturer, whether in medical technology, finance, energy technology or in research, physicists are employed in all areas.
The decisive factor is often less the accumulated specialist knowledge than the analytical way of thinking in physics.
More about career prospects on the website of the German Physical Society:
Why should you study in Chemnitz?
Of course, because of the family atmosphere (we were just 20 physics students at the beginning) and the modern equipment of the internship laboratories. But also because of the lecturers who are really interested in teaching you something.
I hope I was able to help you a little with your choice of studies. If you have any questions, you can always contact me, the FSR (https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/fsphysik/) or the student advisory service.
Maybe we'll see you at university soon. 😉
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