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In summary: Most resources that teach calculus-based physics also teach algebra-based physics. However, some resources teach one method more thoroughly than the other.

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Theastroman707 said:

[tex] v = \frac{\Delta s}{\Delta t} [/tex]

where a calculus-based physics course would write that as:

[tex] v = \frac{ds}{dt} [/tex]

As you can see the fundamental concepts will be the same in both classes, however one will deal with the concepts in greater mathematical rigour (you can probably spot the difference that way). I also assume that you would be using integrals in calc based course (not sure how far into calculus you go).

To answer your question, I would say that it depends on the problem. For example, in projectile motion for algebraic physics, you will probably assume constant acceleration; on the other hand, calculus physics will introduce you to drag forces which require integration to solve (please note, I can only speculate).

Hope that helps.

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In my experience, there is little difference between the two types of intro classes.

The main difference between algebra-based and calculus-based physics is the level of mathematical rigor and complexity. Algebra-based physics primarily uses basic algebraic equations to solve problems, while calculus-based physics utilizes differential and integral calculus to analyze more advanced concepts.

Algebra-based physics is more commonly taught in high school due to its simpler mathematical approach. It serves as a good introduction to basic physics concepts before students move on to more advanced calculus-based physics in college.

The difficulty of algebra-based versus calculus-based physics depends on the individual student's strengths and weaknesses in math. Some students may find algebra-based physics easier due to its simpler math, while others may excel in calculus-based physics due to their strong grasp of calculus concepts.

It is possible to switch between algebra-based and calculus-based physics courses, but it is not recommended without a strong understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts. It is important to consult with a teacher or advisor before making the switch to ensure a smooth transition.

Both algebra-based and calculus-based physics have real-world applications. Algebra-based physics is more commonly used in everyday situations, such as understanding the motion of objects and the basics of electricity and magnetism. Calculus-based physics is often used in more complex and specialized fields, such as engineering and theoretical physics.

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