hi, i am a freshman and i really enjoy physics. With other homework like programming, biology, or english (i hate english) i seem to be aware of the time spent doing the problems and studying from the text book, but when i do physics i loose track of time and i really enjoy it. I am pretty good at math, but for some reason it takes me a really long time to solve simple kinematic equations. i usually will get the right answer; it just takes to long for my liking and it would be a huge detriment when taking a quiz or a test. What can i do to improve my problem solving ability in physics. In regards to getting a problem right away. (just taking your standard intro course for majors in physics currently). Does it just come with doing alot of problems? or do you have any tips i could do to improve in physics. With math, i got a 5 on my ap calc ab test, and i scored a perfect on my math placement test. What i noticed is, (somewhat disconcerting) is that i am good at math because i know how to mechanically solve problems. When i took a quick peek at spivak i noticed that i was not very good at proofs. But if you give me a really hard derivative problem, i'll recognize the mechanical steps needed to solve it but i won't actually know why the answer is the answer. I think that is the reason why physics is a bit tough for me.