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School [preparing for astrophysics in high school]

  1. Jul 7, 2014 #1
    Hey my names William in a junior in high school. I really wana go into astrophysics what are good classes to take and classes for college.
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  3. Jul 8, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    You should really be asking someone at your school - different schools will be different.
    Good people to ask will be a guidance councilor, or a science teacher. You'll quickly figure which one are best for you.

    As a junior you probably don't have a lot of choice in your classes. So this is a question for the future right?

    Astrophysics requires both algebra and calculus, and you'll need physics as well - so you should have you eye out in that direction. You'll also benefit from statistics.

    You should also look for an astronomy club in your area. There may even be science clubs with an astronomy or astrophysics focus. Shop around and see what you can find. Are there any observatories or planetariums in your area?
  4. Jul 8, 2014 #3


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    Following your passion in life is an important commitment. If you love astrophysics you need to love math, because math is the language of science. You should load up on geometry, trig and calculus. It will serve you well in the coming years. Even if it doesn't pan out, you still have the option to become an engineer, like I did.
  5. Jul 8, 2014 #4
    Thank you that really helps.
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