How to Succeed in a Physics Class

Physics is where real Science begins. No longer are you merely describing scientific phenomena with words in English, now you begin to communicate with mathematical formulas. Succeeding in Physics class takes more than just looking at the problem and seeing someone else solve it.

Succeeding in Physics class is not just about observation; it’s about engagement and activity. It’s about testing inferences. It may be real experiments with steel balls and pendulums or those imaginative thought experiments popularized by Einstein; you have to find a way to test your hypothesis and validate it.

Here are a few pointers in order to succeed in Physics class:

Practice.

Intense practice will always do the trick. What you want in your practice session in Physics are a series of problems that are distinct from each other. You want to have a wide variety of “stock problems”. This will enable you to have a good vocabulary in problem-solving, which is very important in looking for patterns in new, similar problems you encounter. Constantly solving problems will make you understand scientific phenomena for real. This is what separates the preachers from the pros.

Pay Attention the Physics Way.

Whenever you visit the park, the beach, your favorite mall, or even when you’re at home. You have to learn to pay attention the way physicists do. Of course, you have to know Physics concepts first; but when you’ve got that grasped, now you can begin to relate the flow of a river with Newton’s laws, or the glow of a traffic light with Einstein’s principles. This will prime you up for class the most natural way possible.

Deduce.

A scientist needs imagination to create a hypothesis, but he has to back this hypothesis up with reasons. Sherlock Holmes would have made a great physicist had he taken up the field. By being a deductionist, you allow yourself to be ready at all times to tackle questions and make sense of everything that’s laid out on you.

Be an Artist.

Einstein always considered himself an artist above everything he was. By making Physics an art form rather than the cold-blooded science that it is considered by many academics, you allow yourself the freedom of seeking out solutions that are out of the close-minded person’s universe.

Make your solutions always original. Trust that whenever it’s a solution that you yourself came up with, you will always remember it. You can learn from how your teacher does it, but it’s always best to somehow make it an original piece. Remember that Newton and Leibniz both invented the same math which is Calculus, but they made it looked different from each other.