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In summary: I am doing well)Good for you! Participating in contests can be a great way to learn and show your teachers that you are doing well.

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This is a bit of a tricky question. In order to become good in physics you need a good foundation in mathematics. On the other hand, at your age you might be more interested in basic physics. At university the two go hand in hand, however based on what has already been learned at school.

Physics usually starts with classical mechanics and / or electro dynamics, mathematics with linear algebra and calculus, assuming basic geometry. So you can't get wrong studying those fields. However, this might result in frustration, since things are studied differently at university than at school. Alternatively you could read a book about physics written for high schoolers. I have one in my language, but I suppose there are also versions available in yours. Or you can make your way through Wikipedia and e.g. look for the experiments which led to nowadays physics.

Here are some links of what might be important for self-studying:

https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/self-teaching-gcse-and-a-level-maths.933639/# post-5896947

Whenever you get stuck, do not be frustrated and come on over instead. You will always get qualified answers on PF as soon as you show us that you have tried to find them on your own so we can see where your difficulties are. Just make sure you don't tell us "no clue at all". We can correct and guide, but we cannot hold entire lectures.

In any case: Stay curious and have fun!

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Glad to hear from another young brain!Someguyoutthere said:

I decided in my ninth grade year I wanted to become a physicist, and one of the first things I did was join Physics Forums. I've been on and off here for the past few years but am trying to get more active, and aspire to be a physicist, so coming to the Forums is definitely a solid first step for you!

Definitely do not be scared to work ahead on coursework, or potentially anything that interests you. As @fresh_42 mentioned, it is very important to have good foundations in math if you want to find success in learning about any science field. And honestly, I've learned a great deal just from looking stuff up here and the general internet.

Don't take too much advice... do what you feel is best for you! (Ironically, this too is advice)

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How do you find my solution out of this dilemma?Comeback City said:(Ironically, this too is advice)

fresh_42 said:In any case: Stay curious and have fun!

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A sound solution, I must admitfresh_42 said:How do you find my solution out of this dilemma?

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You can also try the following books, which may or may not be too challenging for you right now:

L. C. Epstein - Thinking Physics

Paul Lockhart - Measurement

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Here in Greece there are three stages of mathematical olympiad qualifiers (I think the ones who pass the third stage participate in the balkan mathematical olympiad) and I passed the first two stages (the third stage not only was really hard, as expected, but it was on both 8th and 9th grade mathematics and i didnt find time to study, i did well nonetheless) and I am going to participate in the physics olympiad qualifiers here in Greece (the problems are ridiculously easy tbh). And my teachers really can't do anything except of enrolling me in such contests.kith said:

You can also try the following books, which may or may not be too challenging for you right now:

L. C. Epstein - Thinking Physics

Paul Lockhart - Measurement

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http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/GetFile.aspx?file=B,8,Nwhere you can download material.

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https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/math-challenge-february-2019.965425/ https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/math-challenge-march-2019.967174/

April - coming soon, and there are still open problems in older threads (set the thread filter on "challenge")

It is often sufficient to look up basic definitions on Wikipedia or nLab if you want to tackle non high school problems, so don't be afraid of the categorization. It is at least an opportunity to practice and to see how others solved it.

One way to challenge yourself in physics is to actively engage in the subject. This can include practicing problems, conducting experiments, and asking questions. You can also seek out additional resources such as books, online tutorials, or joining a physics club.

Some topics that may be challenging for an eighth grader in Greece include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics. You can also explore more advanced topics such as quantum mechanics and relativity, but it's important to have a strong foundation in the basic concepts first.

Physics is all around us, so one way to challenge yourself is to look for ways to apply the concepts you learn in class to everyday situations. For example, you can calculate the speed of a moving object or understand the forces at play in a roller coaster ride.

Yes, there are many online resources and tools available to help you in your physics journey. Some examples include interactive simulations, virtual labs, and educational videos. You can also join online forums or communities to connect with other students and educators.

One way to stay motivated and interested in physics is to find a personal connection to the subject. This can be through a particular topic that fascinates you or a real-world problem that you want to solve using physics. It's also important to take breaks and not get overwhelmed, and to celebrate your achievements along the way.

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