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Is there a mathematical methods course you could take? One specifically designed for science majors?

I don't think abstract algebra, game or number theory will apply very directly to your physics course work. Ignoring when the courses are available, complex analysis has probably the most applications out of the bunch.

Is a PDE course available next semester?

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PDEs is only offered in the first term, and my school sadly doesn't offer a mathematical methods course.Is there a mathematical methods course you could take? One specifically designed for science majors?

I don't think abstract algebra, game or number theory will apply very directly to your physics course work. Ignoring when the courses are available, complex analysis has probably the most applications out of the bunch.

Is a PDE course available next semester?

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How can you say that, yes, Lie groups are important, but if you study condensed matter physics, i.e. solid state (semiconductors) you'll never encounter continuous groups, only finite groups. I do agree, abstract algebra in the math department isn't too useful for a physics major, but not for the reason you state.

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How can you say that, yes, Lie groups are important, but if you study condensed matter physics, i.e. solid state (semiconductors) you'll never encounter continuous groups, only finite groups. I do agree, abstract algebra in the math department isn't too useful for a physics major, but not for the reason you state.

I'm sorry, I am not at all familiar with condensed matter physics. I am very glad you corrected me on this. Can you elaborate why abstract algebra isn't useful for physics anyway?

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While both subjects are interesting, I've yet to encounter a spot in my courses/research where I've needed knowledge from my abstract algebra or elementary number theory course to solve a problem or understand a concept. Since you are taking comp sci classes as well, I would say take number theory because that will have more immediate applications.

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I'm sorry, I am not at all familiar with condensed matter physics. I am very glad you corrected me on this. Can you elaborate why abstract algebra isn't useful for physics anyway?

I personally didn't take abstract algebra, but my friends who did said after the fact during graduate school or out in the real world working that was the material they never really used at all. They wished that it wasn't a required course and that they had more time to take some other applied course.

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