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The

[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.

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