More physics misery.... this class is actually making me depressed

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It is the middle of the summer and I am depressed because of physics. I hate that damn subject and as I mentioned before my prof is a disaster. I feel really sad and mad about the whole experience. To make it worse I bombed the last two quizzes after studying the material for hours and hours. This professor does not write questions that are similar to the text nor to his homework problems. His quizes are all conceptual.

I am feeling mighty low.
 

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I don't know if you saw this but it is funny:

OCPreMed said:
you know who i would like to meet, the guy writing my mcat. punch him right in the nuts... ask him what the net force was on that.
 
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jackieMD2007 said:
I don't know if you saw this but it is funny:

That is funny. At least I smiled through my physics based despression for a few seconds. Pretty soon I am going to get back to studying AC circuits which is going to peak my misery.
 
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Use an MCAT book, only way I suceeded in physics II, its damn hard unless it is explained right
 

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sillymetodaynow said:
It is the middle of the summer and I am depressed because of physics. I hate that damn subject and as I mentioned before my prof is a disaster. I feel really sad and mad about the whole experience. To make it worse I bombed the last two quizzes after studying the material for hours and hours. This professor does not write questions that are similar to the text nor to his homework problems. His quizes are all conceptual.

I am feeling mighty low.
Hey Sillyme,

You are not alone in despising Physics! I took it all last year, and thought I would seriously die! I used to tell my brother (who is now 3rd yr in med school) that there was not one single brain cell in my head that was following what the heck my prof was saying, and I felt that ALL the quizes and tests were disasters! I barely squeeked through with Bs every quarter. However, when I began to study it for the MCAT, something clicked. I don't know if it was just the way review materials explained concepts, or doing a buzillion practice exam questions or what, but I did well (although I'm retaking the MCAT next month to do even better).

Have you tried tutors? You also might get a Kaplan review book - the chapters are organized concept-wise so you can find what it is you're supposed to be learning.

The other idea is getting a study buddy. For me, spending hours with the prof didn't seem to do it, but having a study buddy to hash things out with (I like to talk - sometimes yell alot! - while I'm trying to figure this stuff out!) really helped.

Courage - you can make it! One other note: when I had an interview last year, the guy mentioned my Physics grades, and I let him know my opinion of Physics. He just laughed, said that most good Bio people and most good premed people don't like Physics. He said also that everything I dislike about Physics I would never see again, and to just get through the class, it was no big deal.

:luck: to you!
 

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Reading the book never helped me for physics and neither did the professor. We had detailed pdf solutions posted by our professor online for our book. I went through the questions and learned everything through the way they answered it. When it came time for the exams, I'd look at the suggested problems. I learned every type of problem he could ask (which isn't many in physics actually) and applied it for the exams. Got an A in the classes and the concepts are still with me because I learned through examples.
 

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WilliamsF1 said:
Reading the book never helped me for physics and neither did the professor. We had detailed pdf solutions posted by our professor online for our book. I went through the questions and learned everything through the way they answered it. When it came time for the exams, I'd look at the suggested problems. I learned every type of problem he could ask (which isn't many in physics actually) and applied it for the exams. Got an A in the classes and the concepts are still with me because I learned through examples.
True that, there really arn't THAT MANY kinds of questions that can be asked, you'd be surprised, they are all transmutations of some kind of simple concept phrased to sound impossible.
 
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chewsnuffles said:
True that, there really arn't THAT MANY kinds of questions that can be asked, you'd be surprised, they are all transmutations of some kind of simple concept phrased to sound impossible.
My prof seems to stump me with new and unexpected questions literally every day for the quiz. They do not at all relate to the text book.
 

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sillymetodaynow said:
My prof seems to stump me with new and unexpected questions literally every day for the quiz. They do not at all relate to the text book.
Seriously, people just make $hit up in physics. I am not kidding you. Physics is an absolute nightmare. You are not the only one who thinks this.
 

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man.. physics is all about doing a million problems. you'll realize after doing a million problems that there is absolutely NOTHING new your prof. can give you to stump you besides diff. situations and diff. numbers.

don't read a damned thing. the only reason i looked back into the chapter for my HW was to find the individual equations to use. so know what equations to use. know how to use them fast. plug. chug. you're done!

do NOT TAKE THE BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY (aka memorization) APPROACH TO PHYSICS!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Robizzle said:
man.. physics is all about doing a million problems. you'll realize after doing a million problems that there is absolutely NOTHING new your prof. can give you to stump you besides diff. situations and diff. numbers.

don't read a damned thing. the only reason i looked back into the chapter for my HW was to find the individual equations to use. so know what equations to use. know how to use them fast. plug. chug. you're done!

do NOT TAKE THE BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY (aka memorization) APPROACH TO PHYSICS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Robizzle has the physics equations for shizzle. :love:
 

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you cant use the plug and play method for physics.....it might work ok for the class, but then u'd get screwed on the mcats

u gotta understand whats going on...if u do, u probably wont even need to memorize any formulas
 

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Robizzle said:
man.. physics is all about doing a million problems. you'll realize after doing a million problems that there is absolutely NOTHING new your prof. can give you to stump you besides diff. situations and diff. numbers.

don't read a damned thing. the only reason i looked back into the chapter for my HW was to find the individual equations to use. so know what equations to use. know how to use them fast. plug. chug. you're done!

do NOT TAKE THE BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY (aka memorization) APPROACH TO PHYSICS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rather than a million, try 3000.

Schaum's 3000 Physics Problems.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0070257345/sr=8-3/qid=1154108823/ref=sr_1_3/104-1766366-3399167?ie=UTF8

It takes a long, long time.
But it's worth it.
-Dr. P.
 
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