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gimak

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**o adopt a set of study strategies that force you to deeply ponder physics as much as possible.**I'll explain. When many students first start out studying physics, they think just by passively listening to lectures and reading textbooks they'll pass the class. Unfortunately, they're wrong and end up failing the course.

A better idea would be the following. Let's assume the worst-case scenario. Let's assume that a student has low-level math and academic skills and their physics teacher is bad. Unfortunately, their odds of success are low, unless they do the following. Before lecture, they read the textbook with a set of guided reading questions to keep them attentive and try to work out as many of the book's example problems as possible. After lecture, they go to a classmate or a tutor and ask any questions they have on the lecture or textbook. Then, they try the homework problems and ask questions. Through this process, they either get the help they need or decide their math skills are too low and drop the course to take a lower-level math class.

Note: different things work for different people. Maybe the textbook has nothing to do with the lectures so they ditch the textbook completely and instead use internet website that more completely align with lectures. Or maybe the lectures have nothing to do with the test so they skip lectures and use the textbook and/or internet. The point is to think deeply about principles. A person's study strategies and study plans can be judged by how well they make students think deeply about things.

Again for some physics teachers, some don't make you think as deeply and you can pass their class by just understanding their problems and homework. However, others make you think so deeply about things that they expect you to jump from 1D-kinematics to 2D-projectile motion with no preparation whatsoever. Perhaps it's best to avoid teachers who make you think

**TOO**deeply and who don't make you think deeply enough.

As far as measuring someone's physics understanding, there are degrees to this. People who just memorize problems and solutions have a low level of understanding. People who can do problems with the numbers changed and can do math with no physical intuition and without recognizing the assumptions we're making when solving said problems have an intermediate understanding. People who can do problems with understanding the math and physical reality have an advanced understanding.

What are your thoughts? Do you disagree?