I am doing the Physics with Astrophysics MPhys course so later this month I will be starting my penultimate year of university. This year is going to be different for a number of reasons. To start with for some, those on the BSc course, this will be their final year and for others this will be their year abroad. This means the previously, relatively unchanged group of just over 100 students who I have been attending labs and lectures with are going to change a bit. New students, returning from their year abroad, will be joining whilst other students will be heading overseas for their next year of study. I have one friend who has gone to Canada, and other who has gone to Australia. Also, having students in my year who will be graduating this summer, really puts it in perspective… it won’t be that long until I graduate.
Despite, the realisation that I won’t be at uni for ever (although I do plan to do a PhD so maybe I will) I have been preparing for third year. I started looking at the textbook we use for quantum mechanics, they always tell you to buy your own copy because the copies in the library will run out, but I have never bought one and the library has never run out of copies – just thought that was worth mentioning. The new content looks tricky, but I recognise a lot of it which makes me feel more comfortable. Other modules I will be doing include: atoms and nuclei; radiation and matter; physics challenge (I’ll write a blog about what this is at a later date); a maths one and some others, but I am not fully sure what they are yet. I also chose my option modules for this semester. I chose Active Galaxies and Life in the Universe. I chose Life in the Universe because it will be a nice change from what I normally do, and it looks quite interesting. When terms starts, and I am back into lectures and course work, I’ll update you on what these topics a like.
“Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.”