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hondaman520

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**Please, help me me better "understand" physics/math proportions**

please read before answering, I would sincerely appreciate those of you who can guide me through my knowledge of physics and engineering.

Ok, currently I'm a high school grad, just got my associates degree in automotive applied science. I am a master of cars, a car guy, to say the least. But what interests me about cars is the complexities in physics in every broad field of such, mashed up into one piece of 4wheeled engineering.

That being said, I am now pursuing my major in

**Mechanical engineering**, I am in my basic classes, ie general chemistry and trigonometry. I wasnt good at math in high school, just cause my mind is more visually inclined. But so far i'v maintained a 4.0 with a lot of dedicated work in my basics so far, this is to ensure my successful transfer into University of Texas in Austin.

LETS GET TO THE POINT: I have seen a lot of math, from algebra to calculus(basics of calc), as well as the math of physics and chemistry..

ITS NOTHING BUT A WHOLE BUNCH OF FORMULAS (FRACTIONS SET EQUIVALENT TO ONE ANOTHER/EQUATIONS DESIGNED TO REFORM AND MANIPULATE). Its beautiful to say the least, having the ability to examine so many possibilities with simple formulas such as E=mc^2, PV=nRT, etc...

But I am having trouble visualizing these proportions, and i feel like the better acquainted I get with manipulating them and moving variables around, the better of an engineering student I will be, right? I am talking, things like "a" is directly proportional to "b", as "a" goes up in a graph, so does "b". This is me-visually seeing variables, etc...

Can someone give me advice on where i can better understand these completely abstract versions of physics and math. Maybe I'm just going through a revelation. I only brought this up because my understanding of the overall goal in math is solid, but when I go into working out problems, I suffer abstract thinking, and find myself spending too much time on problems that other people see differently, and can work out through strict intuition.

I understand this is essential, in the life of an engineer, to structure his brain around analysis and logically coherent thinking. As a car person, I think VISUALLY, but I want to be more inclined toward the geeky engineering way of life, cause despite the fact that those automotive engineers (for example) can't find the right place for a god damn oil filter in a subaru (right next to a hot catalytic converter), these engineers make the big bucks. (let me remind you that "bucks" are not my incentive here.. just an example)

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to hearing from those of you who understand my difficulties.

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