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Academic concerns. how rigorous should it be

  1. Sep 15, 2009 #1
    how is freshman physics different from ap physics? i hear that physics at freshman year is a lot harder than ap physics.

    also i know calculus, although not rigorously. kinda "for dummies" level, where derivative is "instantaneous rate of change", etc. i know how the definitions work, but still.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
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  3. Sep 16, 2009 #2
    Yeah, Freshman Physics (for majors of course) is much more difficult than AP Physics. Calculus in AP Physics is used very minimally, but used extensively in college. Solving simple block-and-rope type problems get's about a weeks attention and solving projectile motion problems maybe a day (if that). You'll spend much more time in developing concepts of energy and work, as well as momentum, and their usefulness will become very apparent. It's all a blast though -- if you like physics.
  4. Sep 16, 2009 #3
    also should i start the rigorous training beginning with calculus or with analysis/algebra
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