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Old 10-01-08, 10:54 AM   #1
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I already have a C+ in Physics

I've never done this bad in a class before, wtf. Can you guys sprinkle some magic physics dust over me so I can do better?
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Old 10-01-08, 10:58 AM   #2
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Old 10-01-08, 11:00 AM   #3
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you could always keep posting the physix problems you can't get.
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Old 10-01-08, 11:31 AM   #4
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Old 10-01-08, 11:33 AM   #5
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What kind of physics?
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Whatever, man. I got a D in Probability and Statistics...now that's hitting rock bottom!
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Whatever, man. I got a D in Probability and Statistics...now that's hitting rock bottom!
What were the odds of that?



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Old 10-01-08, 12:07 PM   #9
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Hey, I failed Abstract Algebra... Now, that is rock bottom, since it is required for the major, and offered every other year.

Or at least would be if I didn't decide to take a hiatus.

One of the advantages of being 50+ and going for the joy of the education.
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Old 10-01-08, 12:08 PM   #10
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E = MC^2

there....that should help you.
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Depends on physics problems. General tips:

1: Break forces up into components (x and y)
2: Don't plug in numbers until the end. Combine equations with the stuff you have until you have something usable, then drop the numbers in.
3: Make sure to include units and work on dimensional analysis to make sure your values are correct. If you have two velocities, and one of them is in meters/sec/sec/sec then something glitched.
4: Try to make an equation sheet, a master to have with you throughout the class.
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Old 10-01-08, 12:25 PM   #12
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Ah, I understand how you feel. Way back in high school (before grade inflation, even) I only got A's and A+'s. Then one day I got a C- in a class and I was like.... uh..... I managed to pull through to a B- at the last minute, though. I still don't know what happened.
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Old 10-01-08, 01:00 PM   #13
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1. Study more, study harder, and study more effectively. Spend less time on BikeForums and more time with your physics book and physics problems.

2. Draw force diagrams. If in doubt, draw a clearly labeled force diagram. If the problem's trivial, practice drawing the force diagram anyway.
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Depends on physics problems. General tips:

1: Break forces up into components (x and y)
2: Don't plug in numbers until the end. Combine equations with the stuff you have until you have something usable, then drop the numbers in.
3: Make sure to include units and work on dimensional analysis to make sure your values are correct. If you have two velocities, and one of them is in meters/sec/sec/sec then something glitched.
4: Try to make an equation sheet, a master to have with you throughout the class.
This is exactly what you need to do. However, it's hard to learn how to do this from just reading this advise. Get a tutor to teach you how to do this.
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