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Best way to study physics on my own?

  1. Mar 15, 2010 #1
    I'm currently in 11th grade and will be taking "Honors Physics" next year and I want to study up before I take the course. The course description is as follows:

    This first year course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizesproblem-solving skills. Major topics to be explored include: kinematics (rectilinear, circular, projectile motions), dynamics of motion, energy, space physics, wave theory (sound, light). The course aims to develop the student’s abilities to: (1) read, understand, and interpret physical information, (2) describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon or problem, (3) use extensive mathematical reasoning, (4) perform experiments and interpret the results of observations. Problem analysis using computers and graphic calculators is incorporated into course activities as a means of achieving the above objectives. Students should enroll in Honors Physics with the intention of completing both years of the Honors/A.P. Physics Program. The class meets seven (7) periods per week.

    It is all calculus based physics (Odd, I know, for a first year physics course) and apparently you should be able to take the AP Physics B test after completion. I am currently taking AP Calc AB, so I have some basis in calculus already. I was wondering what books you would recommend that would help me out before I take the class (the class is apparently one of the most difficult classes in our school).

    Also, there is an AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism course that I am interested in taking as well, and that would have me take 2 or perhaps 3 sciences in the same year (Honors Anatomy & Physiology + these two physics courses). Is it worth taking this class? Can I take this AP class without having taken the Honors? This is the only AP physics class we have in our school.. so idk. I've talked to the instructor and he said that it is possible to take it, but I wanted to get some other opinions as well.
    I plan on studying extensively in the summer, so any recommendations based upon that?

  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 17, 2010 #2
    bump >_>
  4. Mar 18, 2010 #3
    My advice is to live a little during the summer

    you only get to live once.
  5. Mar 18, 2010 #4
    Haha, true. But I always have loads of free time where I do nothing and it could definitely be better spent. >_>
  6. Mar 23, 2010 #5
    So I have signed up for Physics E&M and the Honors Physics....any suggestions on how to prepare in the summer?
  7. Mar 24, 2010 #6
    Yes. Figure out what math they will be using and then focus on studying that and getting good at solving problems. Also look at the few sections of the course, and get really good with problems related to those sections. What you want to have happen is to set things up, so that when the instructor works on section one, you already know 80% of the stuff and are reading ahead to section two, once she gets to section two, you are already reading up on section three etc. etc.
  8. Mar 24, 2010 #7
    I suggest AP Calculus BC instead...
  9. Mar 24, 2010 #8
    All right, thanks. I'll try and do that.

    I'm taking Calculus BC as well.
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