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    May 27, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    General Physics 1 is one of the base requirements for most scientific majors at Mercer. I personally love physics and have no problem figuring stuff out but this course was challenging in a fun way. It's an easy course too if you can apply what you learned in class. The class I took had a lot of real world scenarios too so I didn't feel like what we were learning was pointless.

    Course highlights:

    As you'd expect from any basic physics course, we started with measurements, scalar units and conversions. Then into vector units, linear, and projectile motion - velocity, displacement, time and all that. That led to forces and Newton's Laws because no basic physics course is complete without Newton's three laws! Then there was angular motion and gravity including force due to gravity. Some of the last things we learned were momentum, torque, and inertia.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't try to memorize the stuff you see. It really doesn't help. The whole point of the course is to make you understand how the universe works using physics so conceptual understanding is important. Don't worry about memorizing the all the different formulae. You'll be given a sheet that has every one of them on it. I personally like to say that every answer you need is on that sheet. All you need to do is find it and place it right.

    • Spring 2016
    • Willam Sams
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    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading


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