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Doing physics?

  1. Sep 24, 2004 #1
    It is obvious that on this forum there are alot of very knowledgeable people. So I want to ask the big question...how do you do physics and math. I know it sounds like a dumb question but I do good in my physics and math class quzies but how come on the exams(i dont do bad) but its not outstanding. I just want to know how to prep for a math/ physics exam...if there really is a sucessful way to do so I am all ears.
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    I don't know if there is any particular secret but the advice I would give that has worked for me is to understand basic principles deeply!

    That means constantly querying, testing, imagining and discovering.

    And challenging - both the principle and yourself!
  4. Sep 25, 2004 #3
    Read around the subject continually, visit websites like this one, and when you study a topic you must do as Tide says above - really deeply try to understand the underlying principles. I reckon that about 80% of the 17 years old I teach still don't really 'get' Newton's Laws of Motion - even though they do well in tests!

    Also, learn to throw 'common sense' out of the window when tackling a question and just apply PHYSICS principles and laws only. If you have to rely on 'common sense' to work out an answer, you probably haven't learnt the Physics!

    When revising for a test, write out key principles and do as many questions on the subject that you can find - use revision guides and books to help you.

    Good luck!
  5. Sep 27, 2004 #4
    You need a genuine interest. And imagination is just as important as intelligence.
  6. Sep 27, 2004 #5
    Sounds like you're doing what is required. Try going out of your way, go above and beyond the call of duty. Let it be an all embracing passion. Don't simply read your text, work the problems in the text and take quizzes and tests. Go out and find other textbooks. Dig into it. Come here and try to explain what you've learned to someone who is seeking help. You'd be surprised by how much you an learn when you prepare yourself to explain something to someone else. You don't actually have to do this per se but always ask yourself "Could I explain this to someone else."

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