if i study physics as an undergraduate , do i get to study all the physics i took before in high school ? like fluid dynamics , thermodynamics for instance , do we start from the very beginning ? or am i supposed to have a background on them ?
Really?! I've been hearing about the US HS system.Most physics students do study some physics in high school, but it's often a course that does not use calculus...
Really?! I've been hearing about the US HS system.
In New Zealand and , to my knowledge, most (British) Commonwealth nations you cannot get into a core physics course without, at least, passing senior secondary qualifications in physics and the math+calc.
Even so, the standard of new entrants varies so much that the review is needed.
The entire senior curriculum is usually covered in the first half of each paper. There's usually a mix of stuff students won't have seen in secondary school too.
Well, in my experience (I took high school physics nearly 40 years ago in US), there was no (and still isn't a) 'standard' high school physics course/program. It varies so much from state to state, city to city, even high school to high school in the same urban school district, that there is effectively no 'standard', and hasn't been as long as I've been around.Yes, the "standard" high school physics course in the US does not use calculus. Many (but not all) high schools also offer a calculus-based "AP physics" course. If a student does well enough on a standardized "AP exam" at the end of the course, many (but not all) colleges and universities will give the student course credit for their first-year calculus-based introductory physics course.
I took two years of physics in high school more than forty years ago. Neither of them used calculus. This was before AP courses existed or were common; my high school didn't offer them, at any rate. I did take calculus in high school, and did well enough in it that my college allowed me to skip the first semester of their three-semester calculus course. But I didn't start doing calculus-based physics until college.
These sorts of differences between countries make me feel frustrated when someone asks a question like the one that started this thread, without giving any idea what country he or she is in.