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Can College physics/with calc 1,2 be taken without just CP first

  1. Feb 21, 2013 #1
    Hello my name is andrew. I'm a highschool sophmore. At the university in my town (I'm dual enrolled) they offer college physics 1,2 and college physics/with calc 1,2 I really want to take QM so I need to take the fastest route possible. Do I need both with or without calc, can I take just the calc containing class, or just the class without calc? Thank you!
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2013 #2
    Generally (and by generally I mean in every case I've ever heard of) one only takes a single introductory sequence. If your goal is quantum mechanics, take the calculus based one.

    It's not a rush though, imo, you shouldn't try and get there the fastest way possible. You already building a base all of your future knowledge will be placed on. Don't make a shaky foundation.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2013 #3

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    Physics without calculus is really boring. I would highly recommend taking the calc-based sequence right away. It's going to make much more sense and it's going to be more challenging to you. Of course, you'll need to know calculus if you want to take the calc-based sequence...
     
  5. Feb 21, 2013 #4
    Ok thanks. One more question though. How far in calc do I need to go before. I will have taken cal 1 and I will be in calc 2 while taking it is that alright.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2013 #5

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    That's usually alright. First calc-physics courses don't require much calc at all. Even Kleppner requires mostly knowledge from Calc I with some knowlege of DE's.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2013 #6
    Here's some advice from someone that took AP physics B in highschool and is currently taking college calculus based physics.

    AP physics in my school was taught excellent. My teacher explained everything really well and actually challenged us. We didn't use calculus in that class and I was only taking pre-calculus with it. Now that I'm in calculus based physics, everything is easy, seriously. Every equation we do I can derive myself without the help of my professor. I understand how stuff works and why. The best thing is I can call out what he's about to explain next, makes my buddies get that :O face lol.

    But yeah, I would go right with calculus based physics, makes much more sense and I think it's easier..
     
  8. Feb 21, 2013 #7

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    What does your university list as the prerequisites for the course?
     
  9. Feb 21, 2013 #8
    It doesn't. There just a online sport off sing up ataturk where you view the courses then select them. It lists no prerequisites. Although, next fall I can email the teacher.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2013 #9
    Sorry my phone auto corrected a few words there. I just meant an online registration system. That lists prerequisites for only a select fee courses and P/calc doesn't have one.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2013 #10

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    Look at the course listings on their web site. That should tell you what the prerequisites are.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2013 #11
    I started with the lowest level physics class at my CC, cuz I had never taken a physics class before and needed a prereq for the intro calc-based sequence. I'm glad I had the conceptual, almost math-free intro, even though I was up to the calc of the harder sequence.

    So it's okay to start at a lower level, but just take one non-calc course at the most, and be ROCK SOLID on all calc and linear algebra for the future.
     
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