What is Honors physics: Definition and 25 Discussions

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is an academic, residential college of Florida Atlantic University at the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida. The college opened in 1999 and offers a liberal arts education through the platform of a public institution, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies. It features a student body of 500 and 32 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, all of whom have terminal degrees in their field.
On July 1, 2020, Justin Perry began serving as dean.Like many honors colleges in the US, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is part of a large public university. Unlike other honors colleges, it is an immersive experience, with students taking all or nearly all of their coursework (120+ hours) within the college, and few if any classes from other colleges within the University.The college shares the Jupiter Campus with the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute, where many Wilkes Honors College students have been accepted to participate in internships.

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  1. astroman707

    Studying What books are good to learn the math in intro physics?

    I'm struggling with the math used in my college's calc-based honors physics class, even though I've taken calculus 1. ---What are some good books/resources to learn the math used in introductory physics?--- Preferably, it'd be nice if the math was taught using examples in physics. Having that...
  2. astroman707

    Studying Good resources to help with hard physics classes?

    I'm having quite a bit of difficulty in my college's intro honors, calc-based physics class. I want to find some good resources, either online or text, to assist with learning the material. The issue I'm having is that most resources I find are either not in depth enough, or they're just as...
  3. astroman707

    How to get better at theoretical homework problems

    I’m having lots of trouble in my honors physics class with the theoretical homework problems that are assigned. The entire concept of learning to solve things theoretically, and then applying it is brand new to me. I’m decent at figuring out the applied problems, but pure theory stumps me. I...
  4. astroman707

    If given A,B,C, Find constants x,y |xA +yB=C

    Homework Statement Three vectors are given: A=2i+3j, B=1i+5j, C=-1i+3j Find constants x and y such that xA+yB=C Homework Equations N/A The Attempt at a Solution The form of the final equation reminded me if standard form of a slope, so I found the total vector for A,B, and C. I was then going...
  5. astroman707

    What angle will give the object the greatest range?

    Homework Statement 1-A rifle can shoot a projectile with a velocity of 207m/s. At what angle should the rifle be pointed to give the maximum range? 2-Evaluate the maximum range Homework Equations N/A The Attempt at a Solution I considered at first that the problem seemed like it could be...
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    Other Any physicists that struggled with intro physics?

    I’m 3 weeks into my first physics class at college; honors physics 1. I really want to major in physics because it’s really interesting, but I’m finding the class very difficult. Trying to solve the textbook problems and follow the professor’s train of thought is very tough, which is frankly...
  7. astroman707

    Courses Is there much difference between algebra- and calculus-based physics

    I’m in an honors calc-based physics 1 course at my college and I can’t audibly understand my professor. I tried looking for tutorials online, but I have no idea if what I’m looking at is calc-based physics or alg-based physics, and I don’t want to learn the wrong methods. Is there a difference...
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    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...
  9. Isaac0427

    Courses Should I skip honors physics?

    I am currently in 9th grade. My plan is to take honors physics (only algebra based, has algebra 2 as a coreq) next year, but I'm wondering if it would be benificial to skip it and go straight to AP physics C instead of taking AP chemistry that year (I'd do AP chem the next year when I was...
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    Courses AP Chem vs Honors Physics: Choosing the Right Course for College Applications

    As a Junior, I have the option to take AP chem and honors physics. I want to take AP chem very badly but I can't take AP physics without doing honors physics first. I Ultimately want to take AP physics but AP chem seems looks great on a college application. What class should I take?
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    Programs SFU Honors Physics vs uAlberta Physics Major

    Hi PhysicsForums, I just finished my second year at a Canadian community college (Langara) with a 3.8/4.33 gpa for the year and am currently weighing my options for universities. The universities I'm considering are uAlberta, SFU, and uVic. As I understand, the physics programs at these...
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    NEED HELP with my honors physics

    1) A woman is driving up an inclined section of road at an angle of 10 degrees. If she is coasting up the incline, meaning that friction is zero since her tires are rolling and not sliding, determine the acceleration of her car. Can somebody help me solve this? THANKS.
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    Schools Taking an honors physics class at a local university while in high school.

    So I am participating in a program that allows me to take classes at a local university and the counselor suggested that because I plan to go into physics when I go off to college (I will be a high school senior next year) it would be a good idea to take the honors introductory course that is...
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    Egg Drop Project: Honors Physics

    My class has been assigned the egg drop project, and I need some help/info on how to go about it. Objective: to design a container which will protect a raw egg, when dropped. Apparatus: 1. Each container must meet the following specifications: a. Maximum mass- 20g...
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    Honors physics intermediate force question

    Homework Statement Question: An object traveling at a constant speed of 22m/s begins to experience a force of 15N in the opposite direction of its motion. (Hint given: Start by finding objects acceleration) a. How long will it take for the 8kg object to come to a complete stop once it...
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    Honors physics basic projectile motion question

    Homework Statement Question: Inbar and Luc are captured by angry natives on a desert island, after their plane crashes. They need to jump over a pit filled with snakes. They jump up at an angle of 23 degrees and need to land 8.7 meters away in x. What does their take off speed have to be? The...
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    Electrostactics- honors physics problem

    Homework Statement Four point charges of equal magnitude q = 6.4 X 10-19 C are placed at the corners of a square with side length a = 10 cm. Calculate the electric field at P, the center of the square, if q1 and q4 are positive and q2 and q3 are negative. (Use GUESS method.) Answer E =...
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    Honors physics dynamics question?

    A rope is used to pull a 100 kg crate up a 25 degree, 3 meter long ramp. The tension in the rope is 850 N and the sliding friction along the ramp is 360 N. If the velocity of the crate at the bottom of the ramp is 1 m/s, how long does it take for the crate to make it to the top? What would...
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    Engineering Physics vs. Honors Physics

    Hi,I am trying to decide between the engineering physics program and the honors physics program at my university. The engineering physics program at my university is fairly similar to this one: http://www.engphys.ubc.ca/courses.html [Broken]. The honors physics program is fairly standard. My...
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    Programs Is double majoring in both Honors Physics and regular Math a good idea?

    I am thinking about doing Honors Physics. Is getting the major in math as well a good idea?
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    Honors Physics Momentum Problem

    Homework Statement A .45kg ice puck, moving east with a speed of 3 m/s has a head-on collision with a .9 kg puck initially at rest. Assuming a perfectly elastic collision, what will be the speed and direction of each object after the collision? M1 = .45kg M2 = .9kg V1 = 3m/s V2 = 0m/s...
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    Honors vs non honors physics

    Hey guys, I am applying to University of Delaware and was wondering if the title of graduating in honors physics was all that much better than simply physics. It is a lot more writing intense according to the description, which makes me think that it will bring my grade down, because writing...
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    Junior in High School Honors Physics Bumper Project

    Bumper Project: Need help with equations used. I was recently assigned this project for my honors physics class. I don't want any help with the design itself of the bumper I was just wondering if I could have help identifying different equations that would apply to this.1. Problem Statement...
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    I have Q's from my Honors Physics

    I am having troubles with these: If you could answer any 1 of these, thank you :) This is due by Midnight (tonight) 12/15/05 (*sigh*) (1) The coefficient of static friction between the person and the wall is 0.64. The radius of the cylinder is 5.48 m. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s...
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    Speed, Velocity, Displacement & Acceleration: An Honors Physics Guide

    Hi I'm in an honors physics class. I don't really understand the difference between average speed and instantaneous speed. Say I'm given in data table with time (s) and distance (m). How can I find each of these? Is there a formula? Also, what is the relationship of velocity with...