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No Calculus?

  1. Mar 10, 2005 #1
    No Calculus??

    I'm taking 200 level courses in physics right now, and I noticed that there is absolutely no calculus involved in the teaching. The book we use has it, but the instructor doesn't use it. Aside from a B x dl or E x dA here and there, there's nothing. Is that normal?

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    What is the name of the course?
  4. Mar 10, 2005 #3


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    I'm guessing Electricity & Magnetism.

    It is normal for undergraduate level, since there are shortcuts so that you dont need flux integrals and all the complicated math reduces to simple algebra
  5. Mar 11, 2005 #4
    Yeah, it's 202 E & M right now.

    That's a relief. I've been screwed before by teachers who thought I didn't need this or that, only to need it in the next class. =/


    EDIT: Besides, the course is hard enough as it is. :)
  6. Mar 11, 2005 #5
    Keep in mind that the term "200-level" course really holds no meaning for most of us since every university has a completely different course numbering scheme. What's more useful is the name of the course, maybe a brief description from the catalog, and the name of the textbook(s) you're using.
  7. Mar 11, 2005 #6
    Oh, I didn't know that. I thought it went by years, first year 100, 2nd 200, etc. (although this is my first year in college, I took HS physics).

    We use Giancolli (sp?) 3rd edition physics book.


    EDIT: The title is "Physics for Scientists and Engineers"
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  8. Mar 15, 2005 #7
    There are multiple books with that title, mine is by Knight.

    My university uses 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, etc.
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