markl wrote:Hey guys,
I know most of you are concerned with getting into grad school, but if the applications got you down I got something to help out your ego! Criticize someone taking first year physics!!
Here's my problem:
I'm upset, I just had my first physics test and I got a B+/A-, depending on how the professor gives partial credit. This is horrible news, the material was really simple and I'm sure most of you would think the test was trivial even for physics I.
I don't get why I can do so good in pure mathematics, had a test today that I completely destroyed yet Physics doesn't seem as intuitive to me, sure I've been doing math for more years and this is my first real formal physics class ever but I somehow think that skills in the one should transfer over the the other?
I keep feeling like there is a better way of thinking about physics that I haven't quite developed, a way that will allow me to use my intuition like in math. Maybe it's because I am extremely clumsy in the real world and my reptilian physics engine isn't as developed as others or something. Can I over come this flaw, it even exist?
I might be better at pure math but I'd much rather pursue studies in physics? Any comment you have is appreciated so don't be scared to reply! Thanks!!
Come guys let me in the secrets, I just got a B+ on a test you guys could probably do completely drunk, what I loser I am! Help!!
evilclaw2321 wrote:Math i think most people find easier. Its a set of rules, solve this equation with this method. But with physics you add in real world physical circumstances and you have to decide with method which equation to use.
markl wrote:I'm upset, I just had my first physics test and I got a B+/A-, depending on how the professor gives partial credit. This is horrible news, the material was really simple and I'm sure most of you would think the test was trivial even for physics I.
isobelojalvo wrote:Your story sounds exactly like my own, and I wonder how many other people who read this feel the same? Pure math classes were always so easy and one of the big reasons why I went for physics was because I wanted something a bit more challenging.
markl wrote:Isn't weird that something that actually deals with the natural world(physics) is more difficult for some people than something that is completely abstract(math). What does that say about our psychology?
evilclaw2321 wrote:Math i think most people find easier. Its a set of rules, solve this equation with this method. But with physics you add in real world physical circumstances and you have to decide with method which equation to use.
grae313 wrote:Once you train your brain to think like a physicist, you should have very solid intuitive notions of everything and physics will be as straightforward as math, just more useful.
markl wrote:This is exactly what I need, is it available in bottled form? I hate having to swallow pills!
markl wrote:grae313 wrote:Once you train your brain to think like a physicist, you should have very solid intuitive notions of everything and physics will be as straightforward as math, just more useful.
This is exactly what I need, is it available in bottled form? I hate having to swallow pills!
Math ain't that simple... and math (beyond intro courses) ain't all straight ahead formulas and methods.
axiomofchoice wrote:isobelojalvo wrote:Your story sounds exactly like my own, and I wonder how many other people who read this feel the same? Pure math classes were always so easy and one of the big reasons why I went for physics was because I wanted something a bit more challenging.
What "pure math" are you talking about? Cal, linear algebra, diff eq, etc. OR analysis, advanced algebra, topology, etc? Linear algebra and others are easy, but I personally find advanced algebra etc. (which are what I would consider "pure math") much, much harder than any physics classes I took including upper level quantum mechanics, e&m etc. Don't dismiss math to be easy until you get over those classes like cal, linear algebra, diff eq. that everyone needs to take.
evilclaw2321 wrote:Well I was referring to math as intro classes since the person who's talking about it is a freshman and i clearly said, more advanced math this is not the case, but for intro calc pde linear that is what i was referring to.
This is exactly what I need, is it available in bottled form? I hate having to swallow pills!
markl wrote: I seem to have such an awful time trying to visual space in 3d, any tips on help with this?
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