First of all I'd like to say hello to everyone. I've just started my first year physics course at the university of Brussels and after 2 months I have to say that it turned out completely different than I expected. I knew I would get a lot of math and physics, but I expected something different. For example: I thought that we would mostely occupy ourselfs with solving several types of integrals and differential equations or that we would start with the basics of kinematics. Instead of that we get a whole different kind of math and physics. For instance: in math we started to describe the real numbers and it's density. Later on we described n-Dimensional Euclidean spaces, balls and environments. (I'm not really sure if that's the correct English term) In linear Algebra we study things like groups and fields and sertain types of spaces and it's properties. In physics we get a lot of difficult exercises which can only be solved with differential equations and I've never solved one in my entire life! I hadn't even seen one. Actually all these things are completely new for me and I can't get a hang on it because it's all too abstract. Now my question is: Does a course in physics allways go like this? Is there maybe a way I can study these subjects in a better way and are all these things I mentioned above really necessary for more advanced physics? because I'm getting the feeling that we're all doing this just for the math and not really for physics.