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What kind of questions do you ask yourself when learning math and physics?

  1. Nov 20, 2011 #1
    During a lecture on a technical topic what kind of questions do you ask? I find that when I'm in class, i sit there not knowing what's going on. I think i'm not actively engaged because i'm not questioning. I know for the information to stick i need to ask questions to myself. What are some questions some of you ask?

    Also when reading a textbook, lets say on heat transfer, what kind of questions do you ask. Just reading a textbook passively wont get the information to stick
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2011 #2

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    My question to the lecturer is always: Please sum up everything you said in one sentence. Ive never asked this, but the best lecturers always provide a guiding big picture to prevent us from getting lost in gory details.

    But just ask *anything* you don't understand - everyone gets stuck at different points - and asking questions helps the lecturer figure out what he is explaining poorly.

    Of course it is necessary to struggle with the material on your own too. Your questions will be better after that. But there are truly no stupid questions.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2011 #3
    I struggled a lot as a first year physics student. Usually, a lot of times in lectures I wouldn't really know what was going on either, but I just wrote everything that was on the board down, and figured I would have time to review it all later, with the help of a book of course. The only way to really get physics is to struggle through your homework problems. You can only learn so much from a lecture, but working through the problems actually makes the material stick and is where the majority of learning is done.

    I wish I could agree, even for the sake of making cs23 more comfortable with asking more questions. But, I have heard some pretty ridiculous questions asked before... (maybe some people thought the same of my questions)
     
  5. Nov 20, 2011 #4

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  6. Nov 20, 2011 #5
    What frequently happened to me is that the lecturer would make some comment, and that would set my mind off thinking about some totally tangential implication of what he said. By the time I tune back in to the lecture I'd have no idea what was going on.
    If you do this you've just gotta learn to catch yourself doing that and tune back in immediately.
     
  7. Nov 20, 2011 #6

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    Why I don't have gf?

    Answer: learning too much maths and physics.
     
  8. Nov 20, 2011 #7
    That's my answer too, but I think I'm flattering myself.
     
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