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    Schools Do most schools require a science other than Physics for Physics majors?

    My community college, like the major in-state (Idaho) universities, requires two semesters of General Chemistry from all Physics majors. I'm pretty sure most schools I've looked at have required 1-2 semesters of it. If you can avoid it, do so imho; they're rather common weeder courses, and can...
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    Programs Would I do well in physics majors?

    Not if those study habits don't change. High school grades really don't matter once you're in college, so long as you turn things around and start earning higher marks. You'll be retaking physics, and likely starting at the bottom of the calculus ladder (or lower, depending on how you test on...
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    This might be a silly question but

    It really depends on your school. In the USA, there are a lot of required courses that don't have anything to do with your major. At my CC they require 6 Arts/Humanities, 3 Communication, 6 English, 2 PE, 6 Social Science, 3 Social Sciance/Arts/Humanities (26 credits) in addition to the 38...
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    Programs Reviewing elementary mathematics for physics major

    Well there are the usual suggestions (textbooks, subject-based help books like X for Dummies, Khan Academy, etc) but I've been reviewing using Screencast videos posted by my College Algebra/Trig professor. The Math 147 videos represent an entire semester of PreCalculus classes; 1 50~ minute...
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    Reading Mathematical Theorems And Their Proofs

    I'm only just entering the calculus sequence, but as I understand it a solid understanding of proofs is necessary for later courses. Depending on how 'theoretical' your future calculus courses are you might encounter them there, but you'll see them in Linear Algebra and if you take any Analysis...
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    Is it normal to forget most previously learned material?

    That's sort of our point. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your argument(s), but from where I'm sitting it seems as if you're... well, perhaps not arguing in favor of poor study habits in general but at the very least defending your study habits specifically. I don't mean to suggest that you have to...
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    Is it normal to forget most previously learned material?

    I don't mean to imply that you're struggling, only that in time you will with your attitude. In a previous thread (March 15) you spoke of burnout, of switching subjects after 10 minutes and of being in Physics I/Chem I, meaning you have another semester of Physics, another semester of general...
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    Is it normal to forget most previously learned material?

    Woopy, I took a look at some of your other posts. You're clearly having a hard time picking a major and further you state that you never really had an interest in medicine, you're bored in your math/physics classes and with the finer details of biology. You prefer the macroscopic to the...
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    How do you know if you're ready for the test? (physics)

    Problems. Lots and lots of problems. It's a bit like the early Trig proofs, the more you do the more tricks you learn.. so while there are a near-infinite amount of ways to rewrite and over-complicate a simple identity to see if you can prove that it is in fact an identity, the more you do the...
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    Post Your Summer/Fall 2012 Class Schedules

    Summer Courses: Calc I PE (Required credit.) Some random "cultural diversity" internet class. (Required credit.) Schedule-permitting I'll be working through Linear Algebra by Friedberg/Insel/Spence and trying my hand at Spivak to get a head start on the Fall. Not sure how that's going to...
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    Need help setting up next semester

    Assuming your school is like most, each Associates degree has a specific set of required courses. At mine, an AS (and that's what you'd probably be getting) is 64 credits. 6 English, 3 Comm, 3-5 Math, 8 Lab, 2 PE, 15 Liberal Arts. Even if you have all of those done, you're not yet ready to...
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    Need help setting up next semester

    I needed a bit of history so I checked some of your other posts. It seems you've been in school for 2~ years now and you said you just finished trig, so I'm assuming you've also completed college algebra. If that's the case, and if your skills are up to the challenge, there's really no reason...
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    Parents think I'm incapable?

    In my experience it's definitely the work you put into it. I started my college journey in Beginning Algebra (Sad, right?) and moved onto Intermediate Algebra before even getting into College Algebra. I had Bs and Cs in all of those classes, not because they were too hard but because a) I wasn't...
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    Need opinions

    I'm not expert, but.. computer programming isn't a degree. It's not even a field, it's more of a skill. There's nothing to stop you from developing that skill while taking another major. I say this because you didn't say "I love computer science.", "I love data structures." or "I love compiler...
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    Testing Physics/math placement exams for Transfer Students

    I'm not, no. That doesn't mean they don't exist, just that I'm not aware of them. Most schools evaluate transfer credits on a case-by-case basis, deciding whether or not to accept the credit or require you to take retake courses. It is incredibly important to speak to admins at the school you...
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    How can I discover my TRUE interests?

    I think the idea of a 'true' interest is.. eh. Flawed. It's a bit like the idea of a soulmate. As I see it, we each have some broad spectrum of potential interests/people out there and which one we end up spending the most time on/with is largely due to chance and circumstance. You happened to...
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    ISU vs UIdaho; Comparing Undergrad Physics Programs

    Thanks for the insight. ;) I'm aware of the connection between WSU and UI, I always figured it was to make up for shortcomings in the UI physics department; I know UI has had some funding issues in the past, even going so far as to consider dropping their undergrad physics program altogether. Do...
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    How to start getting on track?

    (Longish reply.) I'll second Quark's answer. I attended an "alternative" high school where students were essentially funneled away from academics and towards trades... plumbing, construction, welding, etc. The highest math class was Algebra (which I got a C in), there was almost no...
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    Admissions Are entry level mathematics really the hardest?

    I'm a little worried about this myself. The only Calc II class I could schedule in is rumored to be... well. Difficult. By that I mean the professor is described as "brilliant", but his tests are "handwritten mind games". My brother took this prof for College Algebra with 35 other students and...
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    ISU vs UIdaho; Comparing Undergrad Physics Programs

    Well I can't edit my post and no one seems interested in answering, so I'll rewrite my question. I went through the pages course by course and tried to figure out which courses were equivalent.. I came up with these differences: UI: 2 Semesters Analytical Mechanics ISU: 1 Semester...
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    What to do as physics undergraduate

    -Learn to program. Take a few select CS classes if you can, but it's not required. Hell, I hated my CS class most of the time and dropped it towards the end of the semester. The professor kept pounding "Computer Science is not programming!" into our heads and he was right. I rather liked...
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    ISU vs UIdaho; Comparing Undergrad Physics Programs

    At the moment I'm attending North Idaho College, and while ideally I'd be able to transfer out of state to a better University, I'm all but guaranteed a spot at either University of Idaho (UI) or Idaho State University (ISU) if that doesn't work out. So naturally I'm trying to figure out which...
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    Building relationships

    Honestly I think that if you can't think of anything you could ask your professor in your spare time, you're not thinking hard enough. xD Unless of course you've single-handedly mastered your entire field and put every researcher out of work.. in which case.. wow. Good for you. On the off chance...
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    Need Help Coping with Scheduling Conflicts

    I was under the distinct impression that Linear Algebra was essential to a Differential Equations course.. although I haven't taken them yet (next year!), so it's entirely possible that I'm wrong. Assuming this is the case and your schedule permits, it may be more prudent to wait until you've...
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    Physics is just too hard.

    Seconding this. I find that the best way for me to reinforce information is to explain it to someone who knows absolutely nothing about the subject. When I am learning something my prior knowledge sometimes acts as a detriment.. the sheer volume of things that I've stuffed into my head sometimes...
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    Subjects in addition to Physics requirements; scheduling.

    Thanks for the responses thus far. I have talked to my advisor, and he was.. well, not helpful. He essentially said to take the classes I need to take, and then take whatever I want -- which did nothing to answer my questions! As for humanities classes, I already have those sorted out; I'll...
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    Subjects in addition to Physics requirements; scheduling.

    (If there is confusion about course content, see links at bottom of post for course descriptions.) So looking ahead to the next 3 semesters, I can plainly see what classes I NEED to take for Physics.. but they leave room for courses in other disciplines -- for example Engineering, Computer...
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    How to self-study physics?

    Well, there are no doubt more and better treatments of the subject, but I would suggest looking into 'Relativity: The Special and the General Theory' by the man himself, Albert Einstein. It was his own attempt to explain his ideas to the lay public*. Although some knowledge of university...
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    Schools What's the Point in Getting More than 90% of all the Points in College?

    For me, it's not about the grade so much as it's about showing myself how proficient I am in a particular area. When I get less than 100% it means that there was something I should have learned but didn't, and in a cumulative field like mathematics this can kill you later on. However, I have to...
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