If physics was the most feared and difficult class in high school, how is physics considered a basic class for engineering?
By - Illustrious-Apple-76
Engineering grad here as well and I will second this. Physics was easily one of my favourite classes in high school.
So if I struggled with high school physics, I am in trouble if I picked engineering as my major?
Yeah you should probably ask some of the engineering teachers if it is right for you.
Are most people just not meant for engineering?
If math and physics are subject you have problems with or don’t like, then it’s not for you.
If you really want to be an engineer, then you will have to work for it. Just make sure you will enjoy it.
But aren't academics boring for most people?
Not for engineers
One week till uni starts bud. Don't touch any minors!
If you have that ask that question, you 100% should not be an engineer. How are you supposed to design structures if you don’t understand the materials and forces that will be applied to them.
FFS stop spamming and start studying.
Get a hold of yourself snoo. No, not *that* type of hold.
The reason is that physics 1 and 2 will be your foundation courses. A lot of the mechanical and aerospace courses use a lot of physics and will assume you did well in those core classes.
For most engineering degrees, physics 1 is relatively easy. Physics 2 (electromagnetism) is where it starts to get a bit more difficult and crazy. However, you'll soon find out that physics 1-2 is baby math once you get to your junior-level classes.
Overall it kind of depends on your major. For me, as computer science student (still in the college of engineering), physics 2 and calculus 3 were the hardest 'standard' math classes I took even though they are considered basic (discrete math in my opinion was harder than both).
HOW? That is terrifying. Most people would blow up taking physics 1
You != most people
Because we don't live in Minecraft where we can just build things without adequate foundations.
It is heartbreaking when a kid who loves legos gets to college and realizes engineering sucks
Physics was not the hardest class in high school, AP Chem was. But if your struggled with either of those engineering will probably prove difficult. But if you study hard anything is possible
Physics is still hard
How many hours outside of class are you devoting to studying for that class?
Maybe 5 per week?
Well that’s a good amount for high school. If you’re still struggling it could be because your specific school runs a tough physics course. Hard to say. As you get further into engineering it only gets harder, but it happens gradually, so if you stay on top of your studying you should be fine.
In the meantime, if you’re really struggling you should reach out to your teacher and see what tutoring resources are available.
What high schoolers fear the most isn't exactly criteria considered when forming up the core coursework for a hard science degree.
That is heartbreaking that STEM is SO HARD
Is... that a dick joke?
If it was hard you wouldn't have 16 hours a day to spam reddit
Are you actually asking this
He's SnooRoar. He trolls Reddit 16 hours a day.
This is inevitably SnooRoar. 'Fuck off, muppet' is the correct answer.
Most 1st year freshman struggle with university physics. Things can be both basic and hard while learning them.
Source: I have a BS in EE
Is every class you took hard?
If someone is majoring in engineering, they likely didn’t fear physics in high school. It’s their passion. The exception would be those who were pressured into engineering by their parents because it pays good.
A ton of people say only major in STEM because of good pay
Sadly, those students end up more often than not, failing out of the program because their heart is just not in it. I am a nursing student and I’ve seen classmates flunk out because they joined the program for the benefits of being a nurse (high pay and job security) but aren’t very keen on putting in the work it takes to become one.
I feel bad for the ones who are pressured in by their parents who tell them what to major in otherwise they will refuse to help with school expenses.
High school physics is very easy if you’ve mastered the basics of pre-algebra and using the sin/cos/tan buttons on your TI calculator.
Physics was the most feared class in my high school too, but when I actually took the class, I couldn’t understand why students were so intimidated by it. Sometimes that intimidation convinces us we can’t succeed. The ones who succeed do so by tuning out that noise.
Do you think there’s a chance that you’re merely intimidated based on what others have said about the coursework? In your school, do you have room to take 1 or 2 physics/engineering courses to get a feel for it without falling behind if you end up choosing a different route?
It's not like the classes become any easier when you get to university. They are generally designed there so that many students will not continue in the Engineering program in second year. It's kind of mean but also necessary. An engineer that isn't competent in math and physics might produce things that are unsafe.
Then why do people keep telling students to major in STEM if you want a good job?