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informal poll of sorts

I think I already know what my decision is going to be, but I'm trying to decide what to TA this quarter.

Should I be an

a.) introductory physics lab TA

b.) math TA of some kind, probably calculus

The physics dept recommends I start out in my own department (physics). But I'm really not too fond of lab classes. I dreaded taking them as an undergrad, and usually did poorly. And grading lab writeups is sure to be hell. I asked them why they thought I should start in physics and they said something like "we just think you'd feel more comfortable your first quarter." I'm assuming they are just saying that... any other reason I should chose a? I would make this an lj "poll" but I am lazy and still haven't paid for a paid account (I swear, any day now I will go and do it.)

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gustavolacerda
Jul. 19th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
"we just think you'd feel more comfortable your first quarter."
Sounds like they are just trying to sell you. They want demand for their TA positions.

I feel the same way about labs. That is in fact the reason why I gave up an electronics class and thus a physics minor.
spoonless
Jul. 19th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
I skipped the first two undergrad physics classes, both of which were labs; so that probably did a lot to help hold my interest. I wonder if I had taken them instead of applying for advanced standing if I would have become discontent and decided not to major in it.

I did later have to take two other lab classes to graduate, but I saved them till the very end so by that time I had already taken all the cool classes and my excitement for the field was enough to get me through the labs. Now I'll be focusing on theory, so it shouldn't be much of a problem in grad school.
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