I would like to clear up a big misconception that people have about the different types of physics.

OK, now for algebra/trig physics, you will need to use those two areas of math to solve the problems.

Now, for calculus physics, you will need algebra, trig, and calculus to solve the problems. However, the vast majority of physics professors only give you a very few problems that require you to actually use calculus; most of the time the only place you will actually see calculus is when the equations are derived from physical laws (e.g. Newton's law F = mA). Therefore, calculus-based physics is not really that much harder than the noncalculus based physics. What happens is that the professor uses calculus on the chalkboard to derive some important equation, and then you use that equation (NOT the calculus derivation behind it) to solve problems. Unless the professor asks you to show the calculus derivation of a certain equation on a test (which the vast majority do not) then you really dont even need to know the calculus to begin with in order to do well.

Since I'm engineering, (4 classes of calculus, 2 classes of differential equations) I was required to take the calculus based physics, but only very rarily did I actually have to use calculus to solve the problems on tests. Instead you would just use the result of the calculus derivation (which is what the noncalc physics students would memorize anyways).

Moral of the story: it doesnt really matter which one you take and the calc based version is really not that much harder than the noncalculus version.

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