Preparing for Physics Course - Strategies & Topics to Study

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In summary, the conversation revolves around a student preparing for their upcoming physics courses. They express their dislike for online homework and ask for advice on how to better prepare for the courses. Suggestions are given to read ahead and focus on topics such as rotational inertia in mechanics and doing online homework before paper/book homework.
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It's finally time for me to start the physics track next semester. I sent the professor an email asking about the book, syllabus, and such. She replied by simply stating that the syllabus will be available at a later date, and the book we will be using is University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman, 13th edition.

Then I read, that there the homework will be online! Am I the only person that absolutely hates online homework? I rather enjoy doing my work with pencil and paper, I thought I finished all the courses with this lazy garbage!

Anyway, I was curious how I can better prepare myself for this series of courses. What is a good strategy, should I work ahead? I usually work a few weeks ahead of the class schedule so I am not surprised when I hit a roadblock. What particular topics should I study in the weeks before the course starts?

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The thing that got me in mechanics was the rotational inertia, rolling, etc. That kind of stuff, and I don't think I'm the only one. I would suggest looking at that stuff! E&M, IMO, was pretty easy compared to classical mechanics.

Good luck!
 
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It is always good to read ahead prior to starting the semester. I would suggest go over the beginning and work your way up in the time between now and when your school starts. Try doing the practice problems yourself.
 
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Ugh, I just read that the MasteringPhysics online homework component is by Pearon. I really hate those people, that makes me so angry!
 
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I'm sorry to hear that you dislike the online homework, personally I love it because of the instant feedback it's able to give. For Calc III and Econ II I've had online homework via Pearson's site (MyMathLab, etc). I would do the online homework first, iron out any kinks in my method then do the paper/book homework. I found that I had a harder time when I would do the paper-homework first because (at least once) I would make a mistake and not realize it throughout the section.
 

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What is the best way to prepare for a physics course?

The best way to prepare for a physics course is to start by reviewing fundamental concepts from previous science and math courses. This will help build a strong foundation for understanding more complex topics. Additionally, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with the course syllabus and textbook, and to develop a study schedule that allows for consistent practice and review of material.

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