I studied physics for my undergraduate and master’s and I’ve been offered a position in the computing department for my PhD in the UK. The topic is quantum information (hence, the overlap with computing does make sense) and there is no coursework. I’m very happy with the offer and my supervisor. The only problem is that I am a bit nervous about being in the “wrong” department, given my background.

I see myself as a physics student and I can’t really picture calling myself a computer scientist. I’m much more comfortable talking about, say, condensed matter than algorithms and data structures. I’m more interested and would probably get more out of a physics department talk than a CS talk.

Should I request a change of department but with the same supervisor before I begin? Alternatively, could I just hang around more at the physics department instead and not care about the official affiliation? Or is this a non-issue that I’m needlessly worried about? In case it matters, my funding is from a university level scholarship, not a departmental one.

Related but different question: Problem of mentioning the department affiliated with PhD degrees

A capacitor is charged by connecting it to a cell of potential V. Now after disconnecting the battery, the capacitor is connected to another cell of potential 2V. The new charge on the capacitor remains same as earlier, doubles at first or halves at first.
Also, What happens if after the initial charging, the capacitor is connected to a new cell of potential V/2 ?

As a freshman, I NP a physics for engineers class on purpose because I wanted to switch to the physics major, and if I finished that class I would have been unable to take the first two classes in the physics for physicists series(I attempted to late drop after realizing that I want to pursue physics, but that petition was rejected, so I had to NP the class).

I technically could have substituted the physics for engineers series with the physics for physicists series, but the physics for engineers series was quite bad in that it incorporated a flipped classroom technique(which I find unhelpful), and it was also less in depth and moved at a quicker pace. As a result, I wanted to start the physics for physicists series from scratch. In this case, would my NP in a physics class hinder my grad school application if I did well in the physics for physicist series after changing majors?

This is a physics education research (PER) question. Interpreted properly, it is NOT an opinion-based question!

I am a physics grad student and several of my professors have stated that they are against the idea of posting answer keys (i.e., worked solutions) for homework and/or tests (after the assignment has been completed by the student, of course). Their argument is that having an “answer cheat sheet” discourages the student from thinking critically about the problem and presents the opportunity for students to feel like they understand how to solve a problem without actually going through the rigor themselves. In fact, the entire department apparently takes the same stance with regards to posting past qualifying exams online: they post the past exams to use for studying, but not answer keys.

My question: Does any published PER examine the pedagogical benefits and downsides of posting answer keys/worked solutions for students? I tried searching for this online, but had little success finding anything. If anyone could point me toward legitimate research on this topic, I’d appreciate it.

I should add that I was a high school physics teacher for two years, and within that arena it seemed unanimously accepted that making solutions and answer keys available was the right educational strategy. Hence my skepticism of my professors’/department’s rationale. But I’m willing to see what the research says!

My answer is something along these lines, does this sound alright?

I don’t have some child-hood story and I haven’t always dreamt to study astrophysics. I’ve enjoyed my academia alot and feel as though I have more to offer as an independent researcher, I have always wanted to do a PhD- I did my final project undergraduate in general relativity and I was grateful to finish on the studying the most beautiful theory I had seen, beforehand I knew very little about general relativity. The current cosmological constant model being based on general relativity, I realised perhaps I could study astrophysics or cosmology. I’ve since been very excited about this and there can be no field more exciting than addressing the fundamental questions that have fascinated mankind for years and researching phenomena occurring light years, astronomical observations continually discover new situations, as a result of revolutionary techniques. To increase my background knowledge and hope of pursuing a PhD in astrophysics, and after very much enjoying general relativity, I have chosen to do my masters level research project in modified theories of gravity and cosmology.

How can I get a Physics Professor to do an internship with? I have a degree in Accounting but I want to switch to Physics. I applied for a second bachelor’s at an American community college but was denied a visa. Though I’ve been doing a lot of self study I think I’d benefit more from a professional guide. I wrote to a few professors whose books I’ve used but I didn’t get any reply. I know they must be very busy. I would love recommendations from this forum. Thanks everyone

As a physics major in US, my PhD application is screwed up this year and neither did I found a decent job. So I’m thinking of applying for a two years master program in German, which provides more time in research (so that I have chance to collect better letters) while does not charge for tuition. Specifically I am interested in the program at Technical University of Munich and Ludwig Maximilian U, in area of theoretical/computational condensed matter physics and possibly computational material science. However I’m wondering does a master degree bring any negative effect in my future application for PhD in US? I heard people mentioned that US schools don’t like master students quite much and see it as an incompetence somehow. So in general, is German a good destination? What are some other pros and cons you might already know? Thanks.

My dissertation was basically a literature review of sean caroll lecture notes on general relativity.

I got a first in this, and got offered phd interviews with the supervisors being aware of this so it must suffice? but i’m unsure how you explain the motives and conclusion of such a piece of work, which is a common interview question, when by doing a literature review I have pretty much, almost, produced my own set of lecture notes.

and this is a common question in interviews that throws me.

any advice?

thanks alot.