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Physics Ranking Difficulty

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What is the easiest topic from optics,mechanics,thermodynamics and electricity(DC)?Can someone rank them from easiest to hardest?
I want to know that because I'm taking my IB and I don't know which one to pick.I found something about this ranking but I'm not sure if this is the correct one:
Optics < modern physics < elect/magnetism <waves < thermodynamics < MECHANICS
So what is your opinion?I want to choose 2 of them but I don't know the difficulty of them in highschool level.
We're talking about highschool level and not college.
 

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I hope this topic that I created is not with n views and 0 replies.I really need your answers.The answers matter a lot for me.
 
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Is my thread being ignored?I can only see 2 views.....
 
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What is "IB"

Your post has been up for 34 minutes, show some patience.

I don't know which would be easiest or hardest for you. How could I know that?
 
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What is "IB"

Your post has been up for 34 minutes, show some patience.

I don't know which would be easiest or hardest for you. How could I know that?
IB=International Baccalaureate
Something that doesn't have a lot of vectors?Maybe something that doesn't require a lot of theory and more math?I know that thermodynamics and electricity are based on theories.
Are mechanics and optics easier than thermodynamics and electricity?
 
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I will accept everything that doesn't require a lot of algebra and trigonometry.Do you have that in optics and mechanics branches?
 
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They all require ALGEBRA and a few require TRIGONOMETRY so you better be prepared for that.

Optics uses both and some geometry
Electricity uses both if you study AC currents and mostly algebra for DC alone.
Mechanics uses both and some geometry.
Thermodynamics would use mostly algebra and some statistics too.

However, you should expect to see problems that require knowledge of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.

Checkout khan academy or mathispower4u.com in case you need to review these math courses
 
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I will accept everything that doesn't require a lot of algebra and trigonometry.Do you have that in optics and mechanics branches?
How about a career in the Fast Food industry?

Seriously, though, maybe you should look at non-technical majors, like History or something. It does not sound like you would be a good fit in any technical job. Can you pursue a career in the trades instead? Like carpentry, plumbing, etc.?
 
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Not carpentry you need math for that maybe a first responder. :-)
 
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This is for my IB and not for careers.Other suggestions?I mean I know math very well but I don't like when I have to use theory in physics every time.
Is there any opinion about my choice?These are not answers.....Look at the thread.....
 
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IB is the final exam of highschool.Is it really hard to recommend me something?
 
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In terms of theory are optics and mechanics easier than thermodynamics and electricity(DC only)?
 
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@jedishrfu I tried electricity but when I came across rheostats,potentiometers,voltmeters and ampmeter I realised that there is more math and logic than physics.
I mean using some formulas is easy but understanding how you use them in real life is the hardest part.I don't know what to pick.What would you pick if you were me?
 
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IB is the final exam of highschool.Is it really hard to recommend me something?
Yes, it is hard to give you a recommendation. So you are saying you are about to take man IB exit exam from high school, and you need to pick a technical subject for that exam and you want to figure out which one to pick to give you the best chance of scoring well and graduating?

Can you just do some sample exams of each to see what seems to work best for you?

Not carpentry you need math for that maybe a first responder. :-)
LOL, yeah, we don't have to do much mental math when figuring out what dose of meds to give based on the patient's weight in kg. After all, what could go wrong if we forget to move the decimal point when multiplying...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18645539
RESULTS:
A single bolus dose of 1.5 and 1.75, 2, and 2.125 mg/kg (for adult and 12-, 6-, and 2-year-olds, respectively) was required to achieve the desired sedation. Anticipated recovery would be slow, and a sedation level of 4 (drowsy, eyes open or closed but easily arouses to consciousness with verbal stimulus) was reached only after 70 minutes. The use of a smaller initial bolus with a subsequent half-dose "top-up" at 8 minutes achieves the same sedation level but with earlier recovery. A smaller initial dose of 0.25 and 0.275, 0.3, and 0.35 mg/kg followed by an infusion 2.5 and 2.75, 3, and 3.5 mg/kg per hour (for adult and 12-, 6-, and 2-year-olds, respectively) for 15 minutes gives a more even sedation level and rapid recovery (20 minutes to sedation level 4).
 
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wolly, what is easy for one person is hard for another, and vice-versa. More important, people generally find it easier to study a subject they have an interest in. So, which of these are you most interested in? That is likely the one you will do better on in the exam. If none of them are interesting to you, then it doesn't really matter, you are in for a hard time if you must take them.
 
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I just have to pick 2 of them.Don't you have something to recommend me?I mean optics is just 9th and 11th grade lessons and mechanics only 9th grade but thermodynamics and electricity are both 10th grade.
Is there a branch that requires only imagination and not a lot of memorization?
 
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Ok I tried thermodynamics and I realized there is more theory than math and after that I tried electricity but I got stuck at rheostats and potentiometers and I realized that these subjects were harder than I expected.
Are optics and mechanics easier in terms of theory?I don't want to fill my head with a lot of theory.
 
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You want to pick the easiest one that requires the least amount of thought? This is probably not the best forum for such a question.

All of our answers will be subjective because we all have different predilections. For me, Optics was always the easiest (if we're talking ray-diagrams, i.e., geometric optics). Conceptually, thermodynamics might be a leap because it deals with things you don't usually see (energy, heat, etc.). Same with Eletromagnetism. Mechanics is probably closest to your everyday experience (therefore maybe more familiar) but can involve a lot of algebra and trig.
 
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Also, I'm not sure what you mean by "theory." Do you mean conceptual understanding? They all require that. Please clarify with what you think is too much theory or too much math.
 
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Well, I'm still confused. Have you taken these classes and now you just need to decide which exams to take? Or, are you taking the exam at some year in the future, and need to decide which classes to take?
 
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So as a branch optics is easier than thermodynamics and electromagnetism?I am very good at mechanics and I want to choose another branch and this is why I created this topic.
 
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I have taken the classes but I am sure I will fail them if I don't pick something else.I succeded in mechanics but in electricity not so much.
By theory I mean to read all the concepts,
 
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I don't think there is any easy way out. In fact, true learning requires some struggle. Why not learn the material?

If you've taken the classes before, maybe you will have some perspective on how to learn the material and improve your understanding.
 
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It's impossible to rank them like this. What is easier or harder will depend heavily on your school and the curriculum of the course. No one here can give you what you want.

Also, more theory also means more maths. You are using the term "theory" wrong.
 
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IB is the final exam of highschool.Is it really hard to recommend me something?
Yes. We have no idea how your school handles final exams. It doesn't seem to be anything like my high school. I had to take a final in every class and never had the choice of choosing one or two out of several subjects.

So as a branch optics is easier than thermodynamics and electromagnetism?I am very good at mechanics and I want to choose another branch and this is why I created this topic.
It is almost impossible to answer your question since we haven't gone through your coursework. And remember that most of us have been out of high school for decades, so our judgement of what may or may not be easier should be taken with a grain of salt.

Is there a branch that requires only imagination and not a lot of memorization?
No, not really.
 

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