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Pre-calculus or calculus before physics?

  1. Feb 4, 2010 #1


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    I,m self-studying math and physics as my hobby.
    Should I finish pre-calculus and calculus before I start basic physics or I can learn them simultaneously?
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  3. Feb 4, 2010 #2
    Quick answer: Yes

    While you can study and understand the simplistic methods of all Physics without any math, even Newton's laws require at LEAST a GOOD knowledge of single variable calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. Anything more advanced likely requires substantial skill in differential equations, vector algebra and calculus, and linear algebra to start.
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