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    Studying Not able to study, any advice?

    I'm in my last semester of coursework at my local CC and I'm balancing it with a full-time job as a software engineer, so I literally don't have 16 hours a day to study. My CC is actually pretty rigorous in both physics and engineering subjects, so I wanted to share a few things I have found...
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    Courses Should I become a mechanical engineer if I'm bad at physics?

    Eclair, It sounds like you're going down a path you don't want to go down and you're looking for rationalization that it's the wrong path for you from someone other than yourself. If you really don't like the subject, than you probably shouldn't spend your life on it, but if you do enjoy it...
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    Testing Keep making silly mistakes in exams

    I have a similar problem and can only recommend what has worked for me. I am a top student in all of my mathematics classes, but too often I would make stupid errors, or at least errors I viewed as minor and silly. I thought about it for a while and realized that there was a much deeper issue...
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    Other Advice on Adult's Path Towards PhD in Mathematical Physics

    Hello, I've read a few of the responses in the guidance section on this site and had some conversations with guidance personnel at my college, but I was hoping to get some other, potentially more objective insights from the group here. I will be 34 this year and am currently a sophomore at a...
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    Newton's Third Law -- Normal vs. Tensile as Opposite of mg?

    This is exactly what I was confused about. Thank you very much! It sounds like I should read up a bit more on Third Pairs. Any other suggestions?
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    Newton's Third Law -- Normal vs. Tensile as Opposite of mg?

    Hello, I am returning to college after a ten year hiatus and am taking an online course on edx to try and refresh my knowledge a bit before the fall. I read a few other posts on Newton's Third law, but it seems I am falling short on this one concept. In the case of an object, m_1, which is at...
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