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I'm starting college in 1 month, I'm so excited! My plan is to go in undeclared and spend some time taking the necessary math pre-requisites before declaring a physics major. My first question is: Will spending (more than likely) a few semesters taking math classes work against me for potential graduate studies? Math is obviously related to my future major, but this does kind of worry me.

I actually really like math - however, I dropped out of high school my sophomore year and before that, had some terrible experiences with instructors. On the one hand, I've been renting workbooks and textbooks from the library to familiarize myself with forgotten concepts and even work through understanding new ones. On the other hand, I really enjoy the idea of being properly evaluated for the work I do, in a classroom environment.

I plan to start with high Algebra, then precalculus and trigonometry.

And for the second question: What is an incoming physics major expected to know about the subject? I've read several pop-sci books and glanced through a few college-level textbooks. I also bought the Feynman Lectures...only to find out they're free online -.-

Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions for reading material on Classical Physics, suggest away!

This is a topic that I find kind of boring, for whatever reason. I mean I appreciate it and understand its significance, but still.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this and any advice is greatly appreciated!

[Note from mentor: moved to Academic Guidance. In the future, if you think you've posted in the wrong place, simply hit the "Report" button/link and tell us.]

I'm starting college in 1 month, I'm so excited! My plan is to go in undeclared and spend some time taking the necessary math pre-requisites before declaring a physics major. My first question is: Will spending (more than likely) a few semesters taking math classes work against me for potential graduate studies? Math is obviously related to my future major, but this does kind of worry me.

I actually really like math - however, I dropped out of high school my sophomore year and before that, had some terrible experiences with instructors. On the one hand, I've been renting workbooks and textbooks from the library to familiarize myself with forgotten concepts and even work through understanding new ones. On the other hand, I really enjoy the idea of being properly evaluated for the work I do, in a classroom environment.

I plan to start with high Algebra, then precalculus and trigonometry.

And for the second question: What is an incoming physics major expected to know about the subject? I've read several pop-sci books and glanced through a few college-level textbooks. I also bought the Feynman Lectures...only to find out they're free online -.-

Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions for reading material on Classical Physics, suggest away!

This is a topic that I find kind of boring, for whatever reason. I mean I appreciate it and understand its significance, but still.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this and any advice is greatly appreciated!

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