What is First year: Definition and 132 Discussions

A freshman, first year, or frosh, is a person in the first year at an educational institution, usually a secondary or post-secondary school.

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  1. Xiothus

    Solve First Year Harmonic Motion Problem: Cylinder Rolling

    Thank you guys for taking the time to read this - I'm decently struggling with first year and need some tips on how to properly conceptualize problems and learn what the right approach is on certain problems. Have a wonderful day, again thank you for checking this post out!
  2. bigmike94

    How much of first year Intro physics do you remember?

    Summary: I am just curious I know 🧐 Im coming up the end of intro university physics mechanics chapters. It has been quite enjoyable, especially chapters on energy, momentum and fluid mechanics. There’s so much information packed into these chapters though. I am wondering what was your...
  3. P

    Courses Struggling in my First Year of Graduate School

    Hey everyone! I started Astronomy Ph.D at a very good (as good as any top university) university this fall but I'm struggling a lot and it's only been 3 weeks! The problem isn't the amount of stuff that I have to do (I am taking two undergrad classes, one grad class and am being a TA), it's...
  4. G

    Rocket equation without infinite small variables

    Hey, I'm tutor for theoretical physics for first year students and I found a question that I couldn't answer so far. It's about the rocket equation. I tried to derive the acceleration without using infinite small variables, but somehow there is one term left that shouldn't be there. In the...
  5. Y

    Other Trouble recalling details from first year Physics

    Hey everyone! So, I’m starting my second year of physics this Wednesday ,but I have a bit of a problem. I’m having trouble recalling concepts and fundamental details from first year. I took a full year physics course in 1st year (divided into kinematics/ dynamics -first half and Electricity...
  6. S

    Other First year PhD in theoretical physics

    Hello! What can a first year PhD student (in an American university) do, research related, in the field of Theoretical (mainly high-energy) physics? I know in the USA you need to start research from the first semester of PhD (even if you formally choose a definite field of research at the end of...
  7. astroman707

    I What math topics should one master for first year physics?

    I’ll be taking the year long physics sequence at my college this fall and I want to know what specific math topics I should master, so that I can conquer my first year of physics. I’m planning to brush-up on any necessary topics from algebra, through precalc, and including calc 1. It’s an honors...
  8. A

    Foundations First year math major, text book recommendations please

    Background: https://translate.google.pl/translate?sl=pl&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.syllabus.agh.edu.pl%2F2018-2019%2Fen%2Fmagnesite%2Fstudy_plans%2Fstacjonarne-inzynieria-mechatroniczna%2Fmodule%2Frme-1-101-s-matematyka-1&edit-text=(mindless applying of 'algorithms'...
  9. L

    MHB Calculate Present Value of 10-Year Lease w/ OCC & Variable Rental

    Hi all Trying to improve my level of maths and would like some help with the below question please. A 10-year lease with annual rental payments to be made at the end of each year, with the rent increasing by 2% each year. If the first year rent is £20 and the OCC is 10% per year, what is the...
  10. A

    Schools Yea woo hoo, first year of college done

    Yeah who hoo, I did my first year of college. All I did was did all my homework at the library for hours on end and completed all my classes. I used to think high achieving students were born smart. Now I know that the just spend endless of hours at the library. All of my classes are really...
  11. M

    Intro Physics Suggestions for a 1st Year Physics Book/Program for Small ND School

    I am in a small school in North Dakota and will have four students in the class next year. I have been here two years after retiring from another state. Two years ago they took an online physical science class and from what I can figure out they learned very little to use for background. They...
  12. fissifizz

    Courses Should I take harder math or physics as a first year?

    Hello physics forums. I'm a freshman at a top school for physics and have two general options for my track this semester. (1) I can take the standard multivariable and linear algebra class that provides an introduction to proofs and an extremely rigorous first year mechanics course. The average...
  13. J

    Studying Tips for a first year in math/physics

    I'm starting my first year of university this September, and I'm trying to pursue an combined honours in mathematics and physics. I'm starting the standard physics course in first year, covering classical mechanics and electromagnetism and some special relativity, but I'm most worried for the...
  14. X

    Schools Survived First Year of Physics Ph.D Program Now What

    I just successfully completed my first year for a Ph.D program in a top 10 Ivy league school and I must say it was the hardest year of my life. I would work 12 hours a day and on average spend 8 hours on a single problem in my problem sets. Luckily I am done with all of my classes and quals and...
  15. F

    Planning my books for my first year in physics

    Hello. Based on very good reviews on this site I have chosen the books Kleppner Kolenkow Mechanics and Purcell Electricity and Magnetism to study the physics coursework for my first year in university. So here's my question: Does Kleppner Kolenkow cover all the prerequisites I am going to need...
  16. P

    Schools Struggling with first year college (maths/physics)

    Hello comrades, I am a bit silly about this, but i started 1 month ago the first year at college (physics) after 10 years out of any academic course. When i graduated from high school (a long time ago), i got good grades at pre-calc, but now I am having lots of problems because i feel lost and...
  17. J

    Foundations A math book for first year at University? (Similar to Tipler)

    Hi folks, I was wondering if there exists a generic book that explains all the math for a first year at the university. I am thinking about a book like Tipler in Physics, but for Math. The topics I need to review are: Vectors in 3d. Scalar, vector and mixed product. Trigonometry...
  18. F

    Looking for Quantum Mechanics Courses? Any Recommendations?

    Hello guys, I just finish my first year at uni Phys and Maths,and would like to self teach Quantum Mechanics during this summer, as so I was wondering if you guys could suggest me any good full online courses/ lectures available on the web . I have found from neptel from Oxford Bookwise...
  19. D

    Are AP Physics 1 FRQ's appropriate for First Year Student

    This post is directed at the college professors and graduate TA's on the forum. You may or maynot be aware that the College Board recently redesigned the algebra/trig based AP physics course and split it into two - 1 year courses. The first year effectively covering mechanics through waves and...
  20. A

    Research Project Ideas for First Year Astronomy Student?

    Hi, I am wondering what are some good ideas for a first year undergraduate science research project? I am majoring in Astronomy so am after some ideas. My special interests are Pluto, Black Holes and of course Planet X.
  21. Mr Davis 97

    Courses of a typical first year undergraduate

    I am a senior in high school who is anxious to begin my physics major. Next year, I will likely attend UC Berkeley or UT Austin. I have general question, but if someone has information particular to these schools, that would be appreciated too. What does the course load for a first year physics...
  22. I

    Mechanics, First year university Physics

    Homework Statement A space traveller lands on a small planet whose circumference is 12,500 km. He releases a hammer and a table tennis ball simultaneously from rest and from a height of 1.6 m, timing their fall to take 0.66 s. Determine the density of the planet. What can you conclude about its...
  23. N

    First Year Special Relativity Question

    Homework Statement Planets A and B are 10 light years apart in the reference frame of planet A. A deep-space probe is launched from A, and 5 years later (in reference frame A) a similar probe is launched from B. Does a reference frame exist in which these two events (a) are simultaneous and (b)...
  24. O

    Questions on first year undergrad math courses

    It's the middle of the semester of my first year and I'm finding this math course extremely difficult. The course is essentially teaching real analysis and they labeled the course honors calculus. I am finding the professor is not teaching the material well which made me find some supplementary...
  25. K

    Intro Physics Thorough introductory calculus and physics books

    Anybody have some thorough books on first year physics and calculus courses? My courses use mostly books written by the profs at my university, and I don't feel like they have the breadth and depth that other books might have. Any suggestions?
  26. DanielleG

    First Year Physics Assignment - Theory

    Homework Statement Answer true, false, or Cannot tell to teach of the five statements below. A) A 2 kg ball and a 3 kg ball are dropped from a tower. The net forces on each other are the same. B) An astronaut stands on a bathroom scale on the surface of the moon; the scale reads the astronaut's...
  27. gauss44

    Next step after first year physics?

    I've noticed that Harvard Extension and other colleges seem to only offer one year of "physics" courses in their course offering books. After the first year, what is a logical next step for someone wanting to learn more? Favorite physics topic is electricity, all applications of it.
  28. J

    First year (unusual situation)

    Background: I am a non-traditional student currently enrolled in a large research-centric university planning on majoring in physics. Graduated H.S. in 2009. Spent 5 years in the military working in a field wholly unrelated to any of my studies(current or planned) The situation: I see a lot of...
  29. H

    First year physics student

    I signed up for my first semester classes and I'm in the first calculus based physics class. I took calculus in high school, but my physics classes weren't all that intensive in my opinion. Well, I guess that's what you get when your teacher has to teach 8 classes and work as a lab technician in...
  30. C

    Intro Math First year mathematics texbooks

    Are there any good first year textbooks which cover first year differential (limits, partial derivatives, intro vector calculus), integral calculus, DEs, AND linear algebra - vectors and matrices. other stuff like complex numbers, infinite series, etc would be a bonus. As in a single textbook...
  31. ZapperZ

    Schools Surviving the First Year of College - Comments

    ZapperZ submitted a new PF Insights post Surviving the First Year of College Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  32. M

    Feel like I'm hitting a wall

    I'm a first year physics major, and I feel like I'm hitting a wall in physics. I have been doing well in physics so far, even though I have been studying more and more and I just feel like I am hitting a wall and not learning anything. Even though I still like physics a lot, I'm losing the...
  33. C

    First year physics difficulty level

    I'm starting a physics major this year and I'm currently enrolled in foundation physics (algebra, vector based). However, during second semester I'll be doing doing a regular physics unit which is based around technology. The main topics are Electromagnetism (LOTS and LOTS of circuits work...
  34. E

    First Year Forced Oscillator Problem

    Homework Statement Damping is negligible for a 0.164 kg mass hanging from a light 6.70 N/m spring. The system is driven by a force oscillating with an amplitude of 1.77 N. At what frequency will the force make the mass vibrate with an amplitude of 0.500 m? There are two possible solutions...
  35. S

    Course Planning first year engineering

    Hi y'all, I have underlined the questions, bolded the important parts, and did both for an important question for your reading convienence. let me give you a bit of my academic background so you understand my problem a bit better. I am currently 20 years old and i decided i wanted to go to...
  36. T

    Chemical engineering first year student

    hello friends my name is thembile from South africa starting next iam going to study chemical engineering via distant learning i was hoping to be given tips and what to expect and be given recommendations about what kinda books must i study in advance to equip myself regarding physics and maths...
  37. C

    Best open course lectures on first year physics?

    Hi I can see that MIT, Stanford and Yale have open courses in Classical physics and electromagnetics. Which courses would you recommend for self-studying all the general first year topics at university such as Classical mechanics, electromagnetics, light etc? For classical mechanics I think...
  38. dkotschessaa

    Schools First Year Math graduate school - Full of possibility

    ah, but which ones? There's some personal stuff mixed in here, which I hope you don't mind reading, but which is relevant. Some background (for those that don't know me here) I'm 37, just completed my bachelor's (BA in mathematics). I am married, no kids, but with a supportive wife...
  39. E

    First year undergrad struggling

    Hi all, I'm really struggling in Physics and I need some guidance. I got a 50% in my first class test ever and although it counts for 5%(of which I got 2.5%) of the overall year mark, I'm freaking out. I got my second class test next month and I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it to 90%+...
  40. P

    First year practise problem

    The Attempt at a Solution I tried solving this question a few different ways, and I got different answers every time. My first attempt I realized that the relationship between the changing x, changing y, and changing angle was tan(\theta) = y/x , so first of all I tried to figure out the final...
  41. R

    Schools Thinking of taking first year university physics, any advice?

    I'm thinking of taking it because of the simple reason that I'm really interested in it (I'm replacing it with another course but I'm not going to major in it), its description mentions interesting topics like relativity, time travel, quantum entanglement (sounds interesting yet very scary lol)...
  42. matqkks

    How and what to teach on a first year elementary number theory course.

    In the late 80’s and early 90’s there was the idea of ‘calculus reform’ and some emphasis and syllabus changed. The order of doing things in calculus also changed with the advantage of technology. Similarly in linear algebra there was a linear algebra curriculum study group which produced some...
  43. M

    First year Chem E student

    Here is my schedule for the fall. Chem 1 Cal 1 intro to engineering design. I need a fourth class that isn't Mechanics/physics 1. Any ideas?
  44. E

    Rotating diatomic - Pretty basic first year question. Workings given

    Part v is where I'm stuck. All relevant equations and the bit where I'm stuck are in the second attachment with my workings
  45. M

    First Year Calculus Course Mathematical Induction Problem

    Prove by mathematical induction: (2n)! < (2^(2n))*(n!)^2 , for all n=2,3,4... I know that to start you must prove that it is true for n=2, (2*2)! = 24 < 64 = (2^4)(2!)^2 Then you assume that n=k and show tha n=k implies that n=(k+1) (2k)! < (2^(2k))*(k!)^2 ... At this point I...
  46. A

    First year undergrad - will chemistry be useful?

    I'm in my first year of university and will be taking a math, physics and an Earth science course. I'm not sure which subject to choose for my 4th subject however, at the moment I'm thinking either a second language (French or German) or chemistry. Would first year chemistry be useful for a...
  47. M

    Doing independent study/research with a physics professor in my first year?

    I met with a REALLY nice professor who is doing theoretical nuclear and particle physics (one of my interests). I am in my first year, but can graduate in three years instead of four because of AP credit (with already having taken AP Physics with Calculus and am currently taking Quantum). So he...
  48. Ascendant78

    Programs First year with physics major. What to learn in spare time?

    I am a non-traditional student looking to change career paths. Though I am in my first year of college, I already know I want my major to be in high-energy physics. I am in a small community college for now as I need to save money. As such, there is not much of anything in my field that I can...
  49. O

    First year physics exam Prep

    ΔHomework Statement I'm preparing for my first year university physics exam and was wondering if the PF community could give me some 'more difficult' problems that I could work on. If you could can the problems involve combinations of topics (ex. relative motion, kinematics, dynamics...
  50. Astrum

    First Year of Physics at University

    It's my first year of my physics BA. I'm doing very well in my physics class, but I can't help but feel that I'm not actually LEARNING anything. This probably sounds weird, let me explain. We go through stuff in class, I read through the chapter we're studying, I do some practice...