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Physics Geeks! Give me your Wisdom

  1. May 13, 2009 #1
    I'm a graduating senior in high school. I want to study chemical engineering. I have taken all AP courses throughout my HS career had have done well (except in history). I just finished linear algebra, and I'll be taking diff eq over the summer. But the case with me is that I'm a hardcore asian physics GEEK just wanting to burst out of my shell. On the outside, I'm a laid back young adult with Major senioritis. I used to be super great about my homework and agenda, but now... I mean I just don't work. In fact, I have a unit history test to make up tomorrow (today), it's 12:06 AM, I have barely read a single chapter, and yet I'm writing this thread... anyways you get the idea

    First of all, I'm looking for the passion that I once had for physics. That passion left me when I took AP physics my sophomore year. The teacher made it hell. For me, I like to see physics in a way that's applicable to real life rather than just math equations. My curiosity still brings me to look up physics theories and stuff, but those seem like they were pulled out of a hat...

    Anyways, I'm looking for inspiration. I want to LOve physics again... I have to because I'm certainly not going into English or something. Any suggestions on books I can read? personal stories? etc etc.

    Also, I'll be auditing a physics course over the summer. It'll be over the stuff in AP Physics Mechanics C, on which I got a 5, but I forgot pretty much all of it.

    Thanks for reading. Please leave a helpful response.
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  3. May 13, 2009 #2


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    Read scientific american and every book on the physics section of your local book store that looks interesting.
  4. May 13, 2009 #3
    -Come up with physics problems on your own and try and solve them. There is an uncountable set of physics that goes on in a single day, I am sure you'll find something.

    -If your keen, go find a big book on physics problems and solve all of them.

    -If your looking for a challenge in mechanics the must have book is: Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolowenkow(there is diff eq)

    -Some authors for books: Feynman, Thorn(if you like astrophysics),Greene, Newton's Principia. If you think you can handle it: The road to Reality, Pen Rose--It's quite brilliant and difficult, you don't have to understand the mechanics of the maths but the principle ideas.

    -What about getting a physics group together? A Friday night with physics enthusiast solving physics problems or building stuff would be fun.

    -One trick to being a real physicist: NEVER BE SATISFIED

    Start neglecting hygiene. The sooner you do this, the easier it will be.-- no don't do that.
  5. May 13, 2009 #4


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    Every Physics/Engineering student's mantra.
  6. May 13, 2009 #5
    Ah that explains why I am not a real physicist.I had a a wash.I think it was last Friday.
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