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Should I take algebra based physics or calculus based physics?

Should I take algebra based physics or calculus based physics?

If you are just taking physics to satisfy the pre-req, I would recommend taking the algebra-based course. Calculus-based is harder and I feel like algebra-based physics will prepare more for the MCAT. In algebra-based physics you learn a lot of shortcuts which will come in handy.

Is calc based physics or algebra based physics easier?

The norm at my college is that calculus based physics is considered much harder than algebra based physics. If you’re prepping for the MCAT and have the option to take either, I’d take algebra based physics, as it will likely save you time and energy that you can use to study other concepts.

What is the difference between algebra based and calculus based physics?

Physics builds mathematical models and Calculus enables those models to be analyzed. Algebra is simply taking the results computed using Calculus and understanding their consequences but not their derivation.

Is physics more algebra or calculus?

Algebra based physics is learning physics that pretty much only uses algebra (some trig). Calculus based physics uses calculus. So basically your class is an intro to calc based physics. You learn all the concepts of physics without messing around with all the math.

Is algebra harder than physics?

General perception: Physics is harder than Mathematics. Physics might be more challenging because of the theoretical concepts, the mathematical calculations, laboratory experiments and even the need to write lab reports.

Is calc based physics hard?

It is harder than algebra-based but it is not that hard at all. If you did well in your calculus courses, it probably won’t be much different for you.

Is calculus-based physics hard?

What is harder physics or calculus?

No, Physics is definitely harder than calculus.

Does calculus make physics easier?

If you want to learn physics the way it was intended to be learned, take calculus-based phyics. Just make you do well in calculus as well. I agree with micromass. calculus is a more powerful tool than algebra and hence it makes doing physics easier.

Is calculus easier than physics?

Which is easier calculus based physics or algebra based physics?

There is no calc on the mcat. Sometime calc based physics is easier. They allow you to use a formula sheet whereas algebra based ones make you memorize the formulas. They don’t really do calc in calc based anyways. They show the derivations in lecture but it’s not as if you have to actually use calculus to solve problems.

What happens when you add calculus to physics?

Adding calculus to Physics I, at least at the level of Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, results in hardly any new physics being taught. For instance in algebra based physics, you take the following formula as given: In calc based physics you derive that formula by integrating twice.

What are some topics in physics where calculus played an integral role?

Here are a few topics in which calculus played an integral role: Work as a line integral; the rocket equation; coupled, damped, and forced harmonic oscillators; simple fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

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