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How to get a head start to grade 11?

  1. Jan 27, 2014 #1
    Grade 11 courses to become a pediatrician

    Hi, I would like to pursue a career in the medical area and would like to become a pediatrician.
    I just submitted my courses for grade 11...and I would like to go to mcmaster university.
    Here are my courses:
    1. Functions (math)
    2. Chemistry
    3. Biology
    4. Physics
    5. Dance
    6. English
    7.Anthropology
    8. Dance- performance practice
    The two dance courses are mandatory because I am in the regional arts program at my school.
    Are the courses I chose good?
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    Wow - good job taking a science heavy course with an arts program.
    The arts shouldn't hobble you too much at this stage - may actually help.

    The thing you should really do is get hold of the prospectus for the med-school you want to apply for and find their pre-med entry requirements.

    Generally: Pediatrics is usually a specialization - unless the school has a separate pediatrics thing, you won't need to worry about that for a while.

    Medicine is applied science though, so pay particular attention in practical work.

    I'd rank the importance (for med school) of the courses from most to least as follows:
    Bio, Math, Chemistry, Physics, English, Anthro, Dance x2.
    ... but it can vary with schools.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2014 #3
    Thankyou! Yes, I contacted McMaster and they told me the pre requisites for grade 12 math. Do you think it was right for me to choose these courses? And Thank you so much for helping me out.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2014 #4

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    If those courses meet the prerequisites required then yes.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2014 #5
    What is physics?

    What exactly is physics? I will be going into grade 11 and I took several math and science courses to become a pediatrician. I currently do basketball and volleyball and rugby and volunteer at several hospitals, day cares, nursing homes. And I chose this course but can you please tell me what I will be studying? And how to get an A in this course
     
  7. Jan 28, 2014 #6

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    Just look at the table of contents of any Physics 101 textbook to see what you'll be studying.

    To get an A, study hard.
     
  8. Jan 28, 2014 #7

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    Since you like sports, you could study physics with the goal of how ball trajectory is influenced by gravity and the actions of the layers. This is just one area of physics.

    To get an overview of what physics is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics

    Your highschool course will introduce you to many of these areas at an introductory level. Depending on the course description, you may need to be familiar with Calculus. As Phinds says look at the course book table of contents or a syllabus of the course from the teacher.

    If this is an AP/IB course then the Tsokos book could help you learn more about these topics:

    https://www.amazon.com/Physics-IB-D...ie=UTF8&qid=1390933452&sr=8-1&keywords=tsokos
     
  9. Jan 28, 2014 #8
    Thankyou, my school does not allow calculus in grade 11 so I will be taking it in grade 12. And I plan on buying books from chapters for my grade 11 courses to study up on them and when grade 11 starts I'll know everything and it will be sort of a review for me and I'll master the courses
     
  10. Jan 28, 2014 #9

    jedishrfu

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    That seems like a very heavy load with three sciences together. Is it a combined course or three separate courses?

    In the US, students typically take Biology in tenth grade, then Chemistry in eleventh grade and then physics in twelfth grade or this sequence one year earlier. Concurrently with Physics they might take Calculus.

    What math is functions? is that Advanced Algebra ie polynomials, trig functions... ?
     
  11. Jan 28, 2014 #10
    Three separate courses and then there's functions which is math.

    I live in Canada and that's not an option here haha

    Yes functions is just like basic math but more advanced because It is an academic course. All of them are academic
     
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  12. Jan 28, 2014 #11

    jedishrfu

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    Do you have review books you can get for the courses? Is there some Highschool proficiency exams dictated by Canada or your province that you must take?

    For example, in New York state there are Regents tests for all core highschool courses. Students take the regents at the end of the school year and are then eligible for a Regents scholarship if their grades are good enough. There is also Regents review books for these courses:

    http://barronsregents.com/

    or on Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...dy,aps,228&rh=i:aps,k:ny regents study guides

    If so you could study these books to prepare yourself for the actual course.
     
  13. Jan 28, 2014 #12

    jedishrfu

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    That sounds like a good plan.

    Don't forget to come back to PF with your questions and related work that will also help you to master these subjects.
     
  14. Jan 28, 2014 #13

    Evo

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    Please use the "quote" function when you reply and keep your replies in one post. Thanks.

    I combined your responses to a single post in one post.

    I also combined your three threads on the same subject into one thread. Do not make multiple posts and threads on the same subject.
     
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  15. Jan 28, 2014 #14
    Thankyou. :)
     
  16. Jan 28, 2014 #15

    Evo

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    You are quite welcome, glad to see that you have changed your mind about the importance of following the rules and are sorry for the things you said. Apology accepted. :biggrin:
     
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