I was getting 98100% on almost every quiz and exam but must have done Bish on the final. This was a Summer class and is probably from the last batch of grades my transcript will have when I send out apps this Winter. I'm worried because I want to do GR theory. My transcript will look like this:
Community College
Calc sequence all A's
Diffy qs. A
Linear algebra. A
Discrete math. A
Intro physics seq. A
Uni
Classical mech seq. all A's
Vector analysis. A
Lab methods (error analysis) B+
Honors E & M. B+
Honors quantum. A
Complex analysis. A
For my CS classes it's all A's and B's.
I'm worried a wouldbe theorist should have perfect grades, especially in math.
Is the above a bad transcript for UTAustin, UF, or FAU? Haven't taken stat mech. Or senior labs yet. Have done one Summer of research on a scholarship and just got another scholarship for people in my major.
A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
Re: A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
I think A grades are great and you don't have to get straight As to get into grad school. I think that an A average is a strong GPA for applications.
In addition, I remember that Complex Analysis was not even part of the Physics major at my undergrad, but it was a recommended course for those interested in grad school.
Are you taking any more math courses? I remember my Differential Equations sequence split the ODEs and PDEs into two separate courses. I also remembered taking a statistics/probability theory course and there was a 4th year mathematical methods on how to solve things numerically. At my undergrad, there was also a 2nd year level course that basically taught you how to use CAS software such as Maple and Mathematica. My GR theory friends make extensive use of GRTensor, which is a package for Maple. Maybe you have covered all this in your CS classes though!
In addition, I remember that Complex Analysis was not even part of the Physics major at my undergrad, but it was a recommended course for those interested in grad school.
Are you taking any more math courses? I remember my Differential Equations sequence split the ODEs and PDEs into two separate courses. I also remembered taking a statistics/probability theory course and there was a 4th year mathematical methods on how to solve things numerically. At my undergrad, there was also a 2nd year level course that basically taught you how to use CAS software such as Maple and Mathematica. My GR theory friends make extensive use of GRTensor, which is a package for Maple. Maybe you have covered all this in your CS classes though!
Re: A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
No one will care about one A.
Re: A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
The A is not worrying, what's WAY more worrying is how you seem to be overly concerned about an A. You're gonna have LOTS of setbacks doing research in grad school, and you need to learn how to handle them. If you're that paranoid about an A, you probably need to take a step back and just learn how to chill and take things in your stride.
Re: A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
Of course not.
I understand you want to pull out all the stops but keep that attitude for the lab.
I understand you want to pull out all the stops but keep that attitude for the lab.

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Re: A in complex analysis as junior/senior, bad news?
Material covered in an undergraduate complex analysis course is pretty ancillary to research in GR.