I have a notion that students involved in contest math/physics since high school 'develop' a better ability to pick up concepts (not in the context of contest math/physics) quicker and solve relatively more 'complex' problems.
In high school I heard about contest math but never really immersed...
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I am looking to find advice on the most optimal and efficient way to properly and deeply study a mathematics textbook, such that I completely understand everything and thus giving me good foundations for future study of more advanced mathematics. However, I want to change my ways of...
I do have a fair amount of visual/geometric understanding of groups, but when I start solving problems I always wind up relying on my algebraic intuition, i.e. experience with forms of symbolic expression that arise from theorems, definitions, and brute symbolic manipulation. I even came up with...
This will be a semi-rant about my miseries at life but mostly I'm looking for some useful advice. If you read this and write some useful comments I'll be very grateful. Guys, I'm so desperate to be better at physics but I feel like I keep failing. My story: I did A levels in the UK (it's like...
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I am having a problem to solve in exams. I think it's because am freezing but that's just a speculation. I am a physics-math junior and I study really well, solve without looking at solutions and focus and understand the material.
Yet whenever I enter an exam I can always solve the...
Ive always been fascinated by the subject, and i absolutely love learning new concepts, especially when theyre intriguing and brain-twisting, but i can never seem to grasp onto the depths of concepts for a long time. Suppose, if i stop working out problems for a week or so on a particular...
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I am currently taking a course on quantum mechanics that is following Griffiths' textbook (page by page). The first exam in the course coincided with two other courses (analysis and probability theory) and so I did lack a bit of training while doing it (the required material was from...
I am currently a second year majoring in physics. I am currently taking classical mechanics. I took introductory physics in my first year. In my first year, I did decently well, but I felt like I wasn't understanding the material.
My study method for my second year is to go to lecture, pay...
When studying equations, formulas, laws - am I supposed to understand each bit of information ?
For example, let's take Fick's law:
So I can memorize the law and I can tell with words what is "t", what is "x", what is "D", and so on, but I don't truly understand why is one divided with the...
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I would really appreciate some advice on my current situation related to studying physics. I am an undergraduate student, just finishing my first semester at uni.
For the first semester I was learning like in high school: came home, went through taken theory, made homework and if I had...
Hi, I recently have been trying to look into whether or not white noise works as a means to block out external sounds so i can concentrate. However, I want to know whether it actually impairs studying and reading. I do not care if it has no benefit, as long as it has no negative effects.
I am...
I love physics. Well, modern physics mostly, still physics though. It's amazing seeing how much there is we don't know and how we got to understand what we do know today. I think the concepts are crazy, cool and fun. If I didn't know better, I'd say modern physics truly sounds like pure fiction...
This is my first post on the forums, Hello! my names Tim, nice to be on here!
I will keep this as short as possible. In high school, I hated math and loved science. Its a story I hear often. I was bad at math, or maybe it just wasnt introduced to me correctly. It took a lot of soul searching...
I'm not sure how to put this into words but...here goes.
After going through chapters and chapters of introductory mechanics, I think I can say that I at least some of the basics down. However, when I introduce myself to extremely novel problems, I get stunned at their complexity and have to...
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I have finally finished high school and have been accepted into a mathematical university.
I'm really excited and also somewhat nervous about this whole thing since It is my dream to one day become a mathematician and I don't want to mess it up.
I'm now wondering if you guys have...
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Apologies if this has already been asked.
While studying, I often encounter hard problems, problems that I can't solve after repeated tries. When is a good time to give up and succumb to seeing the solution or asking someone?
Ideally, I think the answer is never. But I have a...
I am currently an undergrad studying physics and am doing research on PPLN and nonlinear optics. I have a basic understanding of the math involved with my research, but would like to know more on nonlinear optics and why these materials behave the way they do. I am currently reading...
Next year, I will study mathematics at university. I think I'm well prepared, I already did some linear algebra (I got some books from my brother who studies physics and the mathematicians and physicists share some courses in the first year) and with effort it seems to work out. But, are there...
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Next year, I'm going to attend the university. I really want to study mathematics, since I enjoy doing this. My grades are quite high, but I spend a lot of time understanding what's really happening, although this is not always possible. I also spend time by learning things like...
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As a sophomore in MechE, I'm now taking a first course in Engineering Statics, and the prerequisites to this class are Physics I and Linear Algebra. I did well in those classes in past semesters, but I can't really say that I remember everything. I wonder how much do you usually need...
I'm studying physics, and I've covered calculus and general physics.
My problem is:
-My critical thinking is really not good.
-Whenever someone is asking me about say, object A, I would answer something that is not related to object A (I'm not aware of it until that person tell me that I...
I'm trying to implement a study plan for the upcoming school term. Currently I have study time, for three classes (totaling 12 credit hrs), slotted from Tuesday through Friday for three hours of studying each day. Alternating between classes each day (i.e. on Tuesday this class and on Wednesday...
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I am an undergraduate student in US and an inspiring applied mathematician in the fields of theoretical computer science. I recently have been reading a book called "Joy of Learning" by Hironaka Heisuke, a mathematician and Fields Medalist (1970); the book seems to...
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I need some advice concerning studying habits and techniques.
I just started engineering undergrad in Canada, and while I feel I'm adequately intelligent to succeed here, my studying habits might possibly kill me. I feel like I love math and physics and the topics...
I'm an aspiring aerospace engineer. I know that Ada is a language used in many planes today, but I can't find anything to learn about Ada for avionics--I couldn't find books or tutorials. Do any of you guys have any recommendations on how to go about this? I'm very interested in teaching myself...
So (this is my first thread by the way so sorry if it is in the wrong place) I am now a junior who has just started junior year (Last week). I am taking AP Physics C and AP Calc BC concurrently. I have always been pretty good at math and physics, but never amazing, just around mid to low A...
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I am trying to study for the cal-tech entrance exam by using the courses on their website. I was wondering if I should be study Ma 1a -Freshmen Mathematics or Ma 1a- Calculus of One and Several Variables or both?
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I completed my bachelor's in physics from the 'University of Delhi', India, an year ago and I wish to pursue a career in fundamental research. I knew that a Master's in Physics was a very serious business and thus took an year off making sure i was ready for it.
However i have been...
Hi, I am new to this forum and thank you in advance for your help.
I just turned 19 years old and am finishing my first year at a university. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to major in so I basically did a bunch of general education classes along with some political science classes because...
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I'm going into my senior year of applied mathematics this coming Fall semester. My adviser recommended that I take the GRE before Fall semester starts so that I can have my Grad school applications in by the December deadline. My question is as follows:
Would it be better to study...