What are really brilliant physics students capable of?

In summary, the conversation discussed the capabilities of top physics experts in solving unseen problems and the differences between them and average students. It also mentioned a specific example of a computer science student successfully solving a computational fluid dynamics problem without prior knowledge. The conversation also touched on the misconception that being "brilliant" is necessary for success in physics.
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I'm curious about what really top physics guys capable of pulling out such these following feats:

-Can they just glance at unseen problems and come with the "aha" idea and solve it with ease?
(I mean the really absolute unseen problems : background knowledge will not help one with this , only given data in a limited time)

-When they approach problems what set them apart from "plug 'n chug" peasants?

Somethings like deriving a whole equation from simple relations,using non-linear/ unconventional and original ways to attack a problem and solve it simply.

Does anyone know such these people in persons?
 
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There's an interesting answer I've found on Quora. A woman said she was solving a Computational Fluid Dynamics problem for her engineering assignment but she can't .

Fortunately, a guy from CS (off-topic,sorry) walked in,collected her notes and then studied it in just hours and solve it successfully.

The best part is:
-He never study/seen that course before (It's a very specific course) took that woman years to get to study it.
 
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Just trying to understand how post #1 was meant --

The topic title mistakes the meaning or importance of a student of Physics being or not being "brilliant".
"Plug-and-Chug", no. A serious Physics student is not looking for anything for plug-and-chug. Brilliant or not, most students either learn to or are taught to derive a desired solution. Some careful reading of the problem description is needed, first.

Some students' earliest opportunities to solve problems and derive formula results come in their study of Physics.
 
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1. What makes a physics student "brilliant"?

A "brilliant" physics student typically possesses a combination of natural curiosity, strong analytical skills, and a passion for problem-solving. They also tend to have a deep understanding of fundamental concepts and the ability to apply them to complex situations.

2. How do brilliant physics students approach problem-solving?

Brilliant physics students often use a combination of deductive and inductive reasoning to break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable parts. They also use critical thinking and creativity to come up with innovative solutions.

3. Are there any specific skills or qualities that set brilliant physics students apart from others?

In addition to strong analytical skills and a passion for problem-solving, brilliant physics students often possess excellent mathematical abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to think abstractly. They also tend to have a strong work ethic and a determination to understand complex concepts.

4. Can anyone become a brilliant physics student or is it a natural talent?

While some people may have a natural inclination towards physics, anyone can become a brilliant physics student with dedication, hard work, and a genuine interest in the subject. It is important to remember that becoming a brilliant physics student takes time and effort, and it is not something that can be achieved overnight.

5. What are some common misconceptions about brilliant physics students?

One common misconception is that brilliant physics students are all geniuses with a perfect understanding of the subject. In reality, they often struggle and make mistakes just like any other student. Additionally, many people believe that only those with a strong natural talent for physics can excel in the subject, when in fact, hard work and determination are often more important factors in achieving success.

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