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    Is MinutePhysics (youtube) a reliable source?

    I've brought a couple minutes physics videos to math/physics professors, inquiring about their authenticity, and the impression they've all given me is that there is often a good deal of oversimplification to deal with non-technical audiences, but the ideas and explanations are good.
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    Do you think; which better?

    Very far from a simple question, my friend. What do you want to do.....How important is money.....What type of physics do you enjoy...... Not simple.
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    How could one learn modern physics?

    What kind of modern physics? What kind of mathematical background do you have?
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    Advice for a 15 year old

    I always feel like I'm the wrong person to be answering these questions, because I don't have the seniority and the experience of some of the other posters - I'm just a bit older than you - but I think that because I was in a similar position I can help, just take what I say in perspective...
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    Everytime I start doing math on paper I lose interest

    I haven't, though on some quick research I would be inclined to agree. I stand behind what I said on a general level though.
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    Everytime I start doing math on paper I lose interest

    Well it depends on what you're talking about. Computational Mathematicians (and Applied Mathematicians) often require computer help. Pure Mathematicians (from what I understand) would rarely require the use of computers. I am amazed however that you find code syntax easier to read than...
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    Courses Custom Math Course

    Whoa hold your horses there, you need to realize what you're saying. For starters, Abstract Algebra isn't the basic algebra you think it is. Abstract Algebra is a mathematics-major college course that definitely isn't taken until you've have Single Variable and Probably Multivariable...
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    Career mix up

    Drakkith is totally right, but I just want to add that in fact Astronomy has one of the lowest unemployment rates amongst all the sciences (I believe less that 1%). But this is largely because (or so the article I read theorized) a degree in Astronomy gives you a wide degree of expertise in many...
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    Schools What to do after algebra? For entry into college

    A lot of geometry isn't needed at all for later stuff, so I would just worry about the basics, past that you should be fine. Trig and the rest of precalc is what I would focus on.
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    Schools What to do after algebra? For entry into college

    I'm surprised you weren't taught geometry before algebra. I guess its not really needed, but you might be embarrassed at some point without knowledge of geometry: it'll be assumed everyone knows basic geometry in any physics or math course.
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    Schools What to do after algebra? For entry into college

    It depends where you want to start out in physics or engineering. To finish college, you'll need to know calculus and maybe a little bit of linear algebra depending on what you decide to do. But this is all stuff that you can learn while in college. You could probably go into college with...
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    Something else to consider: for students on the upper track in math at my school, they finish all math courses at the end of junior year, like you said would happen to you. What my school does have for seniors though is letting seniors take math classes at the nearby college. I'm not sure if...
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    I skipped straight from Trig to Calculus 2, and I definitely benefited from the skip, but I wouldn't advise skipping pre-calc and Alg II. Even though its possible to self-teach all of it, to be proficient in calculus you really need to be super comfortable with all math before it, so I think I...
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    I haven't, though I've applied for a research internship this upcoming summer. I know people who have done it earlier than me however and I think the general consensus is the earlier the better. But I didn't have any interest in doing it until now.
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    I would definitely advise the summer course, but if you ever want some extra conceptual support khanacademy is a great supplement.
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    I would highly recommend khanacademy, I skipped Calc 1 and khanacademy helped me out incredibly while self-teaching. On a slightly unrelated note, I'd actually never heard of the zero product property until you just mentioned it, though of course I knew the idea. I'm surprised my teachers...
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    Alg II or pre-calculus?

    I am/was in a similar position to you (currently a Junior) so I can only give you my experience, but hopefully it can help. The deal with Algebra II is that you will be expected to know it cold in pre-calc, and especially in calculus. I personally have skipped a math class (though not Alg...
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    Wow, I had no idea. I'm definitely going to look at that.
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    Thank you for the advice. Unfortunately I'm from New York and the colleges around here (state colleges) aren't renowned in these sorts of fields, but I should probably take a second look.
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    I don't think I have a real shot getting into them, I know there's nothing particularly 'stand-outy' about me, I don't really expect to get in to those schools. The reason I said those schools was simply to give a ballpark for the schools I'm looking at, just to give a better idea for a safety...
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    Yes. I go to a small private school with only 20-30 a grade so it's doable. We receive about a paragraph per class on our report. Its much more personal and pretty much universally it gives colleges a better sense of you as a student, especially because high praise in a class comes through much...
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    We have written grades, but no letter grades. It's an advantage when dealing with most colleges but its a disadvantage with the larger schools that receive tens of thousands of applicants.
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    You right I should have done that, sorry. I'm applying to all the serious top-notch schools (Caltech, MIT...), but my guess is I won't get in (I come from a high school without grades which puts me at a disadvantage). I'm also applying to several Ivys (Columbia, Princeton), I'd say I have a...
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    It's not a full course. Its a class that meets about once a week for 45 minutes (not really a class, only 10 people) the objective of which is to help prepare kids for college. Really it's intended for people who have no idea of what they want to do in life, and to help them choose a college. I...
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    Schools Undergrad Astronomy Safety Schools

    As part of my junior curriculum I'm taking a college prep course. As part of this course I am gathering a list of colleges I plan on applying to, including several safety schools. I have several schools that I am totally confident that I will be able to get in, but I wouldn't quite call them...
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    Book Recommendations

    I would suggest Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne
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    Dropping Language Senior Year

    Thank you, I already have been told I probably should, I just wanted to double check mostly because of how little I want to, but thanks anyway.
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    Dropping Language Senior Year

    Hello all, I'm a current junior in High School. A year from now I'll be applying to schools for Physics or Astronomy, I have good-to-great grades, great SAT/PSAT scores, and I believe I can get into some top colleges. My question is regarding Language (French in particular), I've taken French...
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    Astronomy vs Astrophysics

    Hey all, I am starting to think about colleges, it's a bit early for me (I'm entering 11th grade) but knowing which colleges I am seriously interested in would be a big help for a lot of reasons. I am absolutely sure I want to pursue a path in theoretical physics (not sure if thats the right...
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