Preparing for Physics: Where to Start?

In summary, when preparing for a Physics Intro class, it is important to focus on brushing up on math skills such as calculus, trigonometry, and unit conversions. It is not recommended to try to teach oneself physics before starting the class, but rather to go in with a clear understanding of basic mathematical concepts. This will allow for a better understanding of the physics concepts when they are taught in class.
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Kayla
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Hi there,

I have a Physics Intro class next semester and I know nothing about Physics. Is there a book, website, video...anything! that can help me prepare for this Physics course? I want to do well in it and I am willing to learn it.

Any suggestions?
 
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What I would suggest is to NOT try to teach yourself physics before you start the class...seriously. You'll have a lot harder time if you pick up misunderstandings of things on your own than if you go in knowing you know nothing. What I DO suggest is that you brush up on your math skills (at the beginning of the course, it'll be helpful to remember how to take derivatives, and to do simple integration) and refresh your memory about converting between different units (gram to kilogram or centimeter to meter to kilometer). And, if you are someone who struggled with fractions or keeping track of units when you took any other science classes, brush up on that. Remembering the rules for adding, multiplying or dividing fractions will help you keep track of where units go when you are working through your first physics equations. These things will ensure you are ready to focus on the physics concepts when it is taught to you rather than spending all your time struggling over the math.
 
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Kayla said:
I have a Physics Intro class next semester and I know nothing about Physics.

Yes, that's the point of the class. :biggrin: I'd second Evo's advice about reviewing calculus, taking derivatives/integrals, trigonometry, vectors, algebra of units ([m]/^2 stuff), and any part of high school math that's fuzzy to you.
 
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Ok! Will do :)
 

1. What topics will be covered in Physics class next semester?

The topics covered in Physics class next semester will include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and thermodynamics.

2. Will there be any math involved in Physics class next semester?

Yes, there will be a significant amount of math involved in Physics class next semester. You will need to have a strong foundation in algebra and trigonometry in order to understand and solve physics problems.

3. Are there any prerequisites for taking Physics class next semester?

Yes, it is recommended that you have taken high school level physics and have a strong understanding of math before enrolling in Physics class next semester.

4. Will there be any hands-on experiments in Physics class next semester?

Yes, there will be hands-on experiments and labs throughout the semester to help you apply the concepts and theories learned in class to real-world situations.

5. How can I prepare for Physics class next semester?

You can prepare for Physics class next semester by reviewing your math skills and familiarizing yourself with basic physics concepts. It may also be helpful to read ahead in the textbook or watch online lectures to get a head start on the material.

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