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March 9th, 2015, 05:35 PM   #1
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I have done very basic course in electricity and magnetism but...

Does a thorough course in electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations help one understand a course in quantum mechanics significantly? How important are these things in the grand scheme of things????

Is it something one SHOULD do before they get into a heavy quantum course?? Or are they basically non-overlapping theories for different levels layers of understanding?

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I have done very basic course in electricity and magnetism but...

Does a thorough course in electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations help one understand a course in quantum mechanics significantly? How important are these things in the grand scheme of things????
Not significantly, but a little.

Electromagnetism is very important for an understanding of physics in general, but quantum mechanics is its own beast. I would say that mathematics is the most important thing to be comfortable with in order to start QM running, with calculus and statistics being the most important areas. In the degree course I took, EM and introductory QM were taught about the same time.

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