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  1. Mar 29, 2012 #1
    OK shot in the dark here but here is my question prefaced with a small back-story.

    Im a undergrad in mechanical engineering program. Im currently having a bit of trouble in Dynamics class. A lot of people who are much smarter than me say its nothing more than applied physics. Like some guys in class don't do any of the homework problems and still get good marks on the exams. (only grades in the class are 6 small exams) while i struggle to take notes from my book and work the problems.

    The reason i ask here instead of my prof. is he is like 70 years old, sweet old guy with like 20 patents and knows way more than anyone should but hes just kind of old and slow now, our classes are like 50 mins long and he cant finish a problem during a class so no one asks anymore. So i cant learn anything from the actual class, just what i can manage to teach myself.

    Should i stop focusing on the book and the equations and try to brush up on physics? I have only completed one semester of calc based physics.

    Would any of the MIT videos on physics be helpful to me? there are so many i don't know where to start.

    Or just stick to the book and keep trying? I feel like im missing something. The engineering dynamics book does not really explain anything its more like..

    this is this, thats that and this is the equation.. I think im a pretty smart guy, but i have ADHD and just cant do things when i do not understand the general theory behind what im doing. memorizing equations do nothing for me.

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  3. Mar 29, 2012 #2
    work more problems, they coalesce into a better understanding of theory
    try the video lectures, and see if they help
    but yah, work more problems. you should aim to be doing 4-6 hours of academic work every day
  4. Apr 2, 2012 #3
    You could also try office hours
  5. Apr 3, 2012 #4
    I suggest you to utilize internet search engine and read up more about the theoretical part. I understand the feeling of "missing something", but if you look closer, a lot of the fundamental theory are missing and not well explained. Most are built up from experimental data and proven hypothesis which are arguable if you manage to get different experimental result.

    For engineering part, I believe in working on projects. Through hand-ons experience, you can apply what you have learn in class and realize the gaps between real life and classroom. A lot of problems encountered are not well documented anywhere and you need to try hard to get pieces of information from everywhere.
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