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Differences of Classical Mechanics when learned with Calc vs algebra?

  1. May 22, 2013 #1
    what are the differences? Every example I find usually has a derivative or integral or some kind of calculus defined concept that seems to make it easier or more understandable
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  3. May 22, 2013 #2
    How do you mean "calc v algebra"? I don't understand the difference.
  4. May 22, 2013 #3
    Do you mean "what's the difference between intro physics calculus vs. intro physics algebra?"

    If that's what you mean, the courses are very different.

    I had the misfortune of having to take an algebra physics class. In my opinion, without calculus, it's way more confusing.

    There should never be an "algebra" based physics class. Calculus makes physics much more interesting and understandable. Until I picked up a calculus text, nothing made sense.

    The actual questions you're solving are pretty similar, it's just that in an algebra based class, you're never really told why, just how. Avoid algebra based physics at all costs, because the math used is pretty easy, simple derivatives and integrals, nothing more.
  5. May 22, 2013 #4
    wlel im already in it lol, not making a lot of sense to me (the concepts i am being freshly exposed to)
  6. May 22, 2013 #5
    What astrum has said is all true, algebra based physics classes are only one step above pop science books.

    And in fact they teach many highly restrictive equations and treat them as general laws, it is very underwhelming.
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