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PHYSICS 4042 Physics 1 AP

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    Mechem, Smith, Jeremy Smith
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    Math-heavy

    Many Small Assignments

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Jan 19, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Physics is a class you need to take, and with the right teacher, it's an easy class to take. You learn more about how everything works.

    Course highlights:

    I learned everything from linear motion to rotational motion. You learn about Newton's Laws. And finally, the labs that we do help out a lot by helping us see what we're learning about.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take useful notes and watch what's going on before you take them. You learn what's going on and it'll help you understand the topic better.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jeremy Smith
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    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours
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    Jan 02, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class because it can be very helpful when it comes to higher level math, such as calculus, or even helping you have a better understanding of math that you previously or are already taking.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about acceleration and velocity. The best part of the course, at least to me, was the labs we did, because it was cool to see the stuff we learned turn into something besides just word problems.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would definitely do the homework, because that's where most of your studying comes into play. It also helps you really understand what you learned in class and when you move on to another unit, a lot of what you previously learned continues throughout the different units.

    • Winter 2015
    • Smith
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Group Projects
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    Jun 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I have always loved math and science so for me physics is the perfect subject. Personally I loved this course because despite the challenges it presented over the course of the year, I truly felt like I was learning useful information about the world around me. Ever since I often find myself applying physics principles to my everyday life and if that isn't an indication of how thoroughly the class permeated my life then I am not sure what is. It is a great course and I urge you to at least try it out!

    Course highlights:

    My favorite parts of the class were probably the labs. A lot of times labs provided visuals that helped me better understand the equations I was learning, so I wouldn't be blindly punching in numbers without understanding what they meant. Although physics is a heavily math based science, the conceptual portion is just as, if not more, important. Students who didn't understand the concept behind what we were learning often did poorly in the class, but I think the labs helped a lot of us.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The best way to study for this course is to do actual problems, looking over notes and trying to memorize every rule will be very difficult for you. Instead save old homework and before quizzes or tests work out problems you know are more difficult for you. On the other hand make sure to really try to understand the conceptual side of physics, because knowing what the equations mean and represent makes them that much easier to solve.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mechem
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Participation Counts


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