Does it take time to "get used" to physics? I'm new to physics - I'm a high school junior who is taking AP Physics (which is college introductory physics or something like that) and I have never taken a physics class in my life. I don't really understand physics right now although I would really really like to (my goal in life is to be a geek [which is actually harder than it sounds]); I guess I'm just terrified that I won't or am somehow incapable of understanding physics. For example, it took me a hours to understand two-dimensional kinematics and how to solve problems and even now, I'm still a bit iffy. I overanalyze EVERYTHING and make stupid mistakes and even when I do get it, I feel like I don't (maybe that's because I'm new?). With that said, does it just take time to get used to physics or am I just dumb? I kind of BSed my physics summer assignment (I didn't have the textbook yet) and I found it confusing; school started about 3 weeks ago and I get it so far because it's introductory physics. However, I'm worried because I looked ahead into my textbook (Physics 3rd edition by Walker [is this a good textbook?]) and couldn't get what the book was saying: I know the teacher is supposed to teach it, but I'm worried that I'm still not going to get it. For all you physics geniuses out there, did it confuse you at first too? Did you have to get used to it first? Sorry for kind of ranting and thank you very much for answering.