As I look through the past few Major Monday posts, I notice that we haven’t had a science entry in a while! Mr. Arwe, a Physics teacher at LC, agreed to help us out and answer some questions for us about his major. Enjoy!
1) What was your college major and where did you go to school?
I got my BA in Physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
2) Was this your original major?
Yes, Physics was my original major.
3) What made you choose your major?
I chose physics because I had loved it in high school, and I had been told it was one of the most versatile of the science majors.
4) What were your favorite classes in college?
Modern physics (typically a sophomore year class, sometimes called Physics III) was one of my favorites. It covers special and general relativity, as well as the an introduction to quantum mechanics (how tiny tiny particles behave individually) and statistical mechanics (how tiny tiny particles behave in big groups).
For potential physics majors: It’s great at first, and then there is a slump around sophomore/junior year. This is typical of almost any hard science major – when you finish the introductory classes that cover a massive breadth of topics, you start to go in depth, and that will get very hard, very quickly. Find friends to do the work with and you’ll learn together. Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean you can’t have fun – it’s hard because it’s advanced, and that means you’re learning some very cool things. Plus, misery loves company.