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Which math skills do I need to brush up before studying Physics? 
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Jan510, 05:01 PM

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So I was wondering what math skills I need to brush up if I want to sucessfully pursue undergraduate studies in Physics. I am namely 6  7 years removed from high school and have therefore forgotten a lot of things I was being taught in Maths classes. Another thing is that where I come from (Slovenia) we didn't have "Algebra", "Calculus" or "Trigonometry" as separate classes, but only Maths as one allencompassing class. I'm pretty sure we went into more detail than US high schools go (don't know about Canada and UK, though I assume for the latter it's similarly rigorous as throughout Europe) and that we covered everything that was needed.
However, since I'm applying to Canadian universities I was thinking of brushing up my skills by going through textbooks in English  to get familiar with the terminology  and given that there also seems to be a differentiation as far as particular parts of Maths are concerned, and would therefore like to kindly ask for anyone who is willing and can to point me in the direction of what exactly I need to relearn and which textbooks would best serve this goal. Is there a book that covers all that is to know? Thanks in advance. 


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Jan510, 05:43 PM

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High school maths doesn't cover that much, if you understand most of what is said on these pages then you know more than most coming from high school:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_algebra http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigonometric_function http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exponential_function http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logarithm 


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Jan610, 11:56 AM

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I am also wondering the answer of this question. And yes I know these topics you posted Klockan. Also have a little Calculus 1 knowledge. what math skills you can offer me to work on ?



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Jan610, 02:07 PM

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Which math skills do I need to brush up before studying Physics?
Search for some old college calculus exams like this:
http://www.math.umass.edu/~lr7q/m131...xams/fF02.pdf If you don't understand something then google it. And don't panic if you can't do all of it, you aren't supposed to. It is just that this is roughly what you will be doing. Don't really know on which level you guys will start. Will you skip the calculus blocks or will you read it all again? Also, the first year courses are all mostly quite easy with a lot of time for each. You should have ample of time to brush up your skills during those courses if you are going in for it seriously. 


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