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Schools BAM! Finally got my final grade in University Physics I

  1. May 12, 2008 #1
    BAM! Finally got my final grade in "University Physics I"

    My Cal 3 grade was up pretty quickly after the final. I got an A in that. But the PHYS 2425 Mechanics and Heat or "University Physics I" took almost a week after the final. I got an A in that, too. :smile: It was my first physics course since high school in 2002. I'm very glad.
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  3. May 12, 2008 #2
    An "A" ? that wont cut it in this biz, sorry kid

    All great physicists fail university physics I because they disagree with the teacher and their off-beat answers aren't what he's looking for
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    Was the sarcasm really necessary?
  5. May 12, 2008 #4
    In any case, good job :)
  6. May 12, 2008 #5
    I was kidding

    Good job shackleford
  7. May 12, 2008 #6
    Thanks. I'm just glad I got off to a good start with my physics courses.
  8. May 12, 2008 #7
    I think we're all just a little bitter because we didn't get into Harvard due to our B-minuses in Physics 101.

    So good on you, buckaroo.
  9. May 13, 2008 #8
    Congratz :).
  10. May 13, 2008 #9
    Don't you mean high school physics?

    Since anyone who does well in high school physics will surely be too burnt out to do creative work in the future...

    But there are exceptions to everything, so go out and celebrate those A grades!
  11. May 13, 2008 #10
    Well, apparently Einstein had just average grades in university.
  12. May 13, 2008 #11


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    Did he? Any source for that?
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    That says nothing about his university grades.
  15. May 13, 2008 #14
    Good work Shackleford, congrats on getting the A's. I will be taking Intro. Physics over the summer so hopefully I can get A's as well. My classes start today but I have already been reading and doing problems on my own so hopefully I am prepared just a bit. (Although Physics is probably not going to be a degree I will pursue).

    i was just wondering, if I do really well in Physics and somewhat well in Calc, could I possibly think of studying or taking some Biophysical courses at my university?

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  17. May 13, 2008 #16
    hmm a 4.91/6.00 - well it still did not affect his ability to provide the world with one of the most important and famous theories of all time.
  18. May 13, 2008 #17
    I guess that's comparable to a 3.2 GPA, which isn't bad.
  19. May 13, 2008 #18
    A 3.2 isn't so bad by today's standards. Now, I don't know about pre-war Germany but I've had some old Soviet teachers who were convinced that a C is the average grade, a B is a very good grade, and you had to make an original contribution to science for that A. If Al's profs were of that sort, maybe a 4.91/6.00 is damn good. I think teachers today hand out A grades like candy because otherwise all the wannabe pre-meds who really can't hack math and science whine and complain. =(
  20. May 13, 2008 #19
    I've always been under the impression that C is average, and, of course, A and B above average.
  21. May 13, 2008 #20
    I don't know why people wish for high marks but don't get them!
    I understand some people don't wish for them so don't get them .. but what about other people?
    It's not hard to get like A .. you work, you get it!
    but still, not all people get A somehow :rolleyes:
    (even people who *seem* to work really really hard)
  22. May 13, 2008 #21
    you have to be smart, keep that in mind
  23. May 13, 2008 #22
    That's not the only requisite but a good one. You can be smart but not diligent and receive less than capable grades. But I do agree with the other post that simply doing the homework, studying, and so forth goes a long way.
  24. May 13, 2008 #23
    I know, I'm just saying hard work isn't enough for everyone
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    When I was in college, every physics class I ever took was graded on the curve and the average was always around 2.6 (out of 4.0). The profs gave one, maybe two 4.0s per class.

    Although 2.6/4.0 is a bit inflated, by old-school standards, I think grade inflation in other (i.e., non-science) fields is far worse.
  26. May 13, 2008 #25
    definitely true, at my school they don't want to people to leave, so students with <50% will often wind up with C's or even B's, while the curve at the top will be 0-5%
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