How to Prepare for a Physics 2214 Exam 10

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How to Prepare for a Physics Exam Let's start by asking a question: What exactly will you be expected to do on the exam? The answer: To solve physics problems you haven't seen before on your own. So what do you think is the best way to prepare for such an experience? Read over the chapters in the textbook? Read over the homework solutions? Rework the homework problems with the solutions at hand? No! The best way to prepare for a physics exam is to solve problems on your own, including problems you haven't seen before. Coming up with a solution on your own is completely different - and much harder - than being able to follow someone else's solution. You need to have lots of experience solving problems from scratch to develop your problem-solving intuition. Without that intuition, you won't know how to start each question, and you'll spend too much exam time flailing around looking for a solution. Here's what to do: 1. Print out the equation sheet for the exam, and make sure that you understand what each equation means. Can you put into words what the equation says? Can you write down proportional relations between variables in the equation, and understand what happens if, say, you double the value of one variable? Can you make a sketch of the functional relationship between variables implied by the equation? I encourage you to try to solve problems by making sketches first, rather than jumping directly into equations. 2. Solve the in-lecture multiple-choice questions. These one-idea, math-lite problems give the best introduction to the key ideas. Print out fresh copies from the web site and work through them, with the answers locked away where you can't
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