New to physics need a lil help

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In summary, the conversation is about a person who is new to physics and is looking for a good learning site to catch up on concepts. They mention how adding vectors doesn't make sense to them and ask if it's necessary to have taken physics in high school before taking it in university. The conversation also touches on the lack of physics education in some schools and the importance of English in university. One person suggests Hyper Physics as a helpful site and another jokes about the lack of proper grammar on the internet. The original poster mentions their major in biology and biotechnology and their familiarity with informal language due to years of online communication.
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Hey , I'm really new to physics , in the sense I've never taken it before but now that I'm in university i have too, i was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a good learning site so i can catch up and grasp all these concepts that don't seem to add up math sytles but for some odd reason make sense in the physics world, like adding vectors , that just doesn't make sense to me.

thanks for any help you can give...
 
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Wel... PF is a good learning site. :wink: Welcome.

Do you have any specific queries? Any areas of particular vagueness?
 
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Don't you have to take Physics in high school before you can take University level physics? I'd think it would be quite hard to make such a big jump without having knowledge or atleast sufficient knowledge of the basics which you learn in high school.
 
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No, unfortunately there are many places where physics is not required in secondary school. There are even places where physics is not even OFFERED but don't get me started on this.

I would think that, in the United Kingdom, English would be required for entrance into the university and "LostPuppy" seems a bit weak on that too!
 
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Yeah, LostPuppy, that's one hell of a long sentence you got there. :)
 
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thanks for the help guys...

and no i didn't need physics in high school , but i have to take it in university. my major is biology and biotechnology.

as for grammer, its the internet, who uses proper grammer?

lol sorry that's what years of ICQ , MSN , and bloging will do to you.
 

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