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If physics was the most feared and difficult class in high school, how is physics considered a basic class for engineering?

If physics was the most feared and difficult class in high school, how is physics considered a basic class for engineering?

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baraboo5

Engineering grad here as well and I will second this. Physics was easily one of my favourite classes in high school.


Illustrious-Apple-76

So if I struggled with high school physics, I am in trouble if I picked engineering as my major?


Gayosexual

Yeah you should probably ask some of the engineering teachers if it is right for you.


Illustrious-Apple-76

Are most people just not meant for engineering?


Gayosexual

If math and physics are subject you have problems with or don’t like, then it’s not for you.


Gayosexual

If you really want to be an engineer, then you will have to work for it. Just make sure you will enjoy it.


Illustrious-Apple-76

But aren't academics boring for most people?


Gayosexual

Not for engineers


CoeurlBeagle

One week till uni starts bud. Don't touch any minors!


DoTheSnoo

Hey snoo. 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.


SultanofShit

Get a hold of yourself snoo. No, not *that* type of hold.


readytogybe

LOL


DistressedPhDStudent

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).


Illustrious-Apple-76

HOW? That is terrifying. Most people would blow up taking physics 1


DoTheSnoo

You != most people


PutinsSugarBaby

Because we don't live in Minecraft where we can just build things without adequate foundations.


Illustrious-Apple-76

It is heartbreaking when a kid who loves legos gets to college and realizes engineering sucks


DrHorrible420

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


Illustrious-Apple-76

Physics is still hard


DrHorrible420

How many hours outside of class are you devoting to studying for that class?


Illustrious-Apple-76

Maybe 5 per week?


DrHorrible420

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.


FloridAsh

What high schoolers fear the most isn't exactly criteria considered when forming up the core coursework for a hard science degree.


Illustrious-Apple-76

That is heartbreaking that STEM is SO HARD


FloridAsh

Is... that a dick joke?


SultanofShit

If it was hard you wouldn't have 16 hours a day to spam reddit


mintybitch19th

Are you actually asking this


Jock_Cheese

He's SnooRoar. He trolls Reddit 16 hours a day.


Jock_Cheese

This is inevitably SnooRoar. 'Fuck off, muppet' is the correct answer.


Deep_insights

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


Illustrious-Apple-76

Is every class you took hard?


ToughCredit7

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.


Illustrious-Apple-76

A ton of people say only major in STEM because of good pay


ToughCredit7

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.


water-sign

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?


pensivegargoyle

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.


Illustrious-Apple-76

Then why do people keep telling students to major in STEM if you want a good job?