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Physics...algebra or calculus based???

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ekristek, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. ekristek

    ekristek Junior Member

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    What would you recommend? Algebra based or calculus based physics? I would prefer algebra-based, but I'm not sure which would be best for the MCAT. While we're on the subject, has anyone taken physics during a summer course? How did that go? Thanks. :)
     
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  3. spacecadet

    spacecadet Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Trig-based physics will suffice for the MCAT. Make sure your class has a lab since many schools require physics w/ lab. Personally, I don't think there's any reason to take the Calculus-based course.
     
  4. ekristek

    ekristek Junior Member

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    Spacecadet,

    That's music to my ears!
     
  5. cm7b5

    cm7b5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Just take the one that will give you an A.
     
  6. Cobragirl

    Cobragirl Hoohaa helper ;) 10+ Year Member

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    You won't need calc-based physics for the MCAT or in med-school! Cut yourself a break!

    I took non-calc myself....
     
  7. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    I took calc based. Ugh. Got and A first semester and a B the second, which really follows the order of difficultyof the course. Mechanics w/calc is not hard at all. E&M, on the other hand, is very very difficult. If you take the calc based route, be prepared to do lots and lots of integrals. I recommend non-calc based if physics doesn't fascinate you.
     
  8. Jon Davis

    Jon Davis I killed the bank. 10+ Year Member

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    In your consciousness.
    Do some schools actually require calc-based phys? Or just a year of phys in general just suffice?
     
  9. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    Depends on your major - usually gen phys will suffice.
     

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