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Not the brightest, but I try!

  1. Apr 18, 2015 #1

    RaulTheUCSCSlug

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    I love tutoring physics and mathematics at the high school level. But when it comes to some of the questions here that are much more conceptual and are college level math and physics problems, I am hesitant to answer, since I might be wrong. But I still want to offer an input and try to help?

    Is it wrong that I want to express my point of view in a problem even though I might not have the sufficient knowledge to solve such problem? I am not very good at physics, but that is my major. :cry::cry::cry:

    Does one just get better at Physics over time? Does one ever master physics? When does one know when one has mastered a subject? :oldconfused:
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2015 #2

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    It's good that you want to participate, but it's not all that great an idea to give an answer that you are not sure of since there are lots of folks here who do know what they are talking about. Like you, I wish I were one of them.

    One thing you can do is, if you are pretty sure you've got it right, is to preface your answer with something like "as I understand it". I do that and when it turns out that I DON'T actually understand it, folks are reasonably polite about setting me straight :smile:
     
  4. Apr 18, 2015 #3

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    Part of knowledge is knowing when to shut up :wink: So if you feel that you might be wrong or that you like the sufficient knowledge, then it is better to remain silent.

    Yes, most definitely.

    I don't think somebody ever masters a subject. There is always more to learn. I still learn new point-of-views about simple calculus every time I look at it!
     
  5. Apr 18, 2015 #4

    RaulTheUCSCSlug

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    Right, just seems so frustrating when I thought I would be able to help others out more. I do give then a heads up that the answer i give is what my intuition says. I like to reinforce what I have learned in my physics courses by trying to apply it daily. Even if I haven't mastered it.
     
  6. Apr 18, 2015 #5

    RaulTheUCSCSlug

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    The amount of folks so dedicated to helping the physics community is quite impressive...
     
  7. Apr 18, 2015 #6

    phinds

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    Nah, we do it for the money, although I have to admit Greg hasn't paid us in a long time. Or ever.
     
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