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I was wondering, from all of you, what the average amount of math and\or physics courses you were/are able to tolerate in one semester.

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I don't think this qualifies for a limit tag. Even though it is about limits of a different kind:p –  Gautam Shenoy Nov 18 '12 at 19:55
    
@GautamShenoy Yeah, I know...I could find any tags that sufficiently described the topic. –  Mack Nov 18 '12 at 19:56
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If you are already enrolled in a university, you should really be speaking with your advisor about these things and with not us. –  Austin Mohr Nov 18 '12 at 20:08
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@AustinMohr I was asking of people's personal experience, that was why I felt it appropriate to ask a question like this on stackexchange. –  Mack Nov 18 '12 at 20:14
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It’s a very individual thing. I never had a semester that was nothing but math courses, partly because I took at least one foreign language course every semester for fun, and partly because my alma mater required that a minimum of $19$ courses (out of $32$ required for graduation) be taken outside one’s major. I’d have been perfectly happy to take more each term, however. –  Brian M. Scott Nov 18 '12 at 20:37
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This greatly depends on your own personal preferences as well as the specific courses you are taking at the time. If this is your major, then I would recommend taking 2-3 mathematical courses oer semester and fill the remaining credits with other requirements or electives. This will allow you to balance harder and easier courses without overwhelming yourself and give you the opportunity to explore other fields. It is very easy to get burned out if you put too much time and effort into a single subject, and you may get stressed out with the heavier workload. I only minored in math, so I took typically 1 per semester, but I could see as many as 2 or 3 being doable. If you really like math and really enjoy doing your math homework, then you may be able to accomplish more without being overwhelmed.

That being said, however, the difficulty of the specific classes each semester. If you have two extremely complex or high level classes, then you may want to take a lighter schedule and not load on any more math courses or other difficult classes. If one course is something that you are very knowledgable about or you have heard it is very easy, then you may be able to add on another math class.

In general, you should balance the difficulty of your classes each semester and try to take a variety of subjects since college is an important time for you to explore your options and grow as a person outside of classes. It is strongly recommended that you become familiar with the classes you plan to take and find out more about the from your advisor and other students.

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Thank you for the response. What I'd like to do is major in applied mathematics and physics. –  Mack Nov 18 '12 at 20:30
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