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Physics /w Calc + Calc I?

  1. Oct 26, 2007 #1
    Is it advisable to take a physics with calculus class along with Calc I (first semester, freshmen year) if I've never taken a calculus class before? Or should I take Calc I first semester and hold off on physics with calculus?

    I should note that, I'm fairly good at math and very interested in physics. Pre-Calc stuff is really easy for me but I'm not sure if that means anything for a university level Calc I class.

    Any advise is welcomed, thanks.
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2007 #2
    Hm this can go both ways, but I think it might be best to be introduced to calculus first, then calc based physics. It'll really suck when you start to work with "work" and you haven't even learned how to integrate yet.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2007 #3
    there's no calc in calc based physics. take em both
     
  5. Oct 26, 2007 #4
    Yea, maybe not in yours, but there was in mine. In fact, I had to solve a differential equation on my test. If that isn't calculus, i'm not sure what is.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2007 #5
    I assume you're doing Mechanics based physics first, not E and M else I'd strongly advise to wait till you have higher math knowledge. You probably can do it first semester, infact you might be able to draw connections to what you're doing in physics.

    I passed out of mechanics and calc 1 with AP, so I can't really comment on that, but I had no problem doing the AP versions together. That said AP is a lot easier than college.
     
  7. Oct 26, 2007 #6

    E-mail the professor and tell him/her exactly what you told us. He/she will have had plenty of experience with plenty of students of varying backgrounds in math. Find out what the prerequisite is (or Co-requisite).

    Casey
     
  8. Oct 26, 2007 #7
    where do you go to school?
     
  9. Oct 26, 2007 #8

    Why did you quote me? :confused:

    But yes, prereq's/coreqs are there for a reason
     
  10. Oct 26, 2007 #9
    My calc based physics didn't have any physics either, but taking Calc 1 at least concurrently was required.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2007 #10
    My physics had calc in it, and they had it set up you take physics: mechanics w/ calc 1, had no issues.
     
  12. Oct 26, 2007 #11
    Because I hate you.

    Casey
     
  13. Oct 26, 2007 #12
    My Freshman year, I went to Rice.

    Anyway, I think it's important to talk to your professors about how much calculus is experienced in the introduction course. It appears that some require you to know it fairly well, while others allow you to slide by the crack. If your physics class is anything like mine, it'll be tough, because my intro physic class can had a lot of Calculus, but it appears some departments may reduce the calculus encountered.
     
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  14. Oct 26, 2007 #13
    Calc I was a requisite for my Physics I class in my school. You can take Physics along with Calc I but, maybe in some things you will get stucked. I am telling you this because I have a friend that took Physics I along with Calc I and he fail the Physics class because he didn´t know how to integrate some formulas (kinematics, work, Potential energy, etc). Talk with your professor so he can give you an advice.
     
  15. Oct 26, 2007 #14
    Calc I was a requisite for my Physics I class in my school. You can take Physics along with Calc I but, maybe in some things you will get stucked. I am telling you this because I have a friend that took Physics I along with Calc I and he fail the Physics class because he didn´t know how to integrate some formulas (kinematics, work, Potential energy, etc). Talk with your professor so he can give you an advice.
     
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