Posted by George in Physics on December 14, 2017

Term comes to an end tomorrow, so here is a quick review of everything I have done in semester one so far and what I thought about it: Quantum Mechanics: I was a little intimidated by QM because students in the year above all said it was really hard. For this reason I did a […]

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Posted by George in Physics on November 29, 2017

This is part two of this series click here to see part 1. In my second year of sixth form I dropped further maths (I wish I had dropped chemistry instead, but that’s a different story), however, I still continued to go to the lessons. This was partly because most my friends were in that […]

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Posted by George in Physics on November 19, 2017

When I was at open days for uni everyone had the same questions: “Do I have to be good at maths?” and “Do I need to have done further maths?”. I don’t really remember how they answered these questions, but it tended to be something along the lines of: “It would help.”… Not all that […]

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Posted by George in Physics on November 9, 2017

In first year you start quantum mechanics and from what I can remember you cover the basics of the wave function, and are introduced to some of the quantum weirdness such as quantum tunnelling. The maths used is more difficult than the maths you used in A-level physics, but is certainly manageable. In second year […]

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Posted by George in Physics on October 9, 2016

Congratulations to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz! These are the winners of the Physics Nobel Prize 2016 “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”. So what does that mean? Well topology is a branch of mathematics which studies the properties of space which are preserved under continuous deformation. But what […]

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