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Questions physics majoring and math

  1. Apr 16, 2012 #1
    I am a 14 year-old going in to highschool next year. I am extremely interested in science and math, and will be in Pre-calc next year and taking two science classes. I am planning on pursuing physics, and I understand most of the concepts presented to me in books and on the internet, but I do not understand the math. When I get in to higher order math,will it all become clear to me, or will I still have trouble? My concern is that the kind of math used in modern day physics can not simply be taught, and you have to be a prodigy to make progress in the field. Will it be possible for me to proceed in to college with some kind of physics as my major, or will I have to pursue a less demanding job?

    Also, it is possible at my high school to take 2 math classes in one year, in succeeding semesters, and summer school is also an option.
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  3. Apr 17, 2012 #2


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    You'll still have trouble.
  4. Apr 17, 2012 #3
    It can be taught. College level math classes are very different than high school level math classes. Although they can be taught, that doesn't mean you won't have to put in a lot of time studying them independently though.

    But to make it in academia you need to both very intelligent and very disciplined, not to mention at least a bit lucky.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
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