I really don't know what to do. I did horrible in physics 1 and got a B. I'm currently taking physics 2 and I find it harder than any of my other advanced science courses. Does anyone have any tips on actually understanding physics? Are their any help books out their? Please help a very very confused and lost SDNian
Everyone so far has given great advice. Doing well in physics requires not only mastery of the concepts, but also lots of practice in solving all kinds of problems, ranging in difficulty. Focus on setting up the problem first with pictures and all necessary equations BEFORE plugging in any numbers. If you try to dive into solving the problem via calculation right away, you'll often find yourself confused and lost. You'd also probably not be learning much except how to plug and chug.
A 'B' is not horrible at all. In fact, it's not even bad, provided you've been getting pretty solid grades in other classes. Rather than focusing on your letter grade, make sure that you have a good grasp of CONCEPTS and take the time to learn the material with purpose. This will save you a lot of time and grief when it comes to the MCAT.
BTW, check out Khan Academy videos. I find that he does explain most physics topics very well, geared towards the layperson. It's nice because he doesn't use too much jargon and has extremely easy to understand examples.