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How to Study Physics

How to study Physics

Reading Your Physics Lecture Notes/Textbook

1. Make a review of the lectures notes.
Highlight the major points of the topic
Write any questions you might have.

2. Use your class's website (http://mrandradesapphysics.blogspot.com/http://mrandradesphysics.blogspot.com/) for review materials and more resources

3. Clarify doubts with your teacher or other classmates
Participate actively in class. Learn in groups.

Problem Solving in Physics

General outline of how to approach a physics problem:
In working problems, it is very important to do the work in an orderly fashion:
1. Read the problem carefully twice.
2. Reduce the problem to its essentials.
3. Draw and label a suitable diagram.
4. List the given quantities and the required quantities.
5. Put down some relevant principles (usually in mathematical form).
6. Analyze the problem, think about it, correlate the various factors, grind out some useful ideas.
7. Solve algebraically as much of the problem as possible (very important, especially in complex problems).
8. Complete the numerical solution. Check the problem.
9. Check the units.
10. Look critically at the answer. Does it seem like a reasonable answer? Develop your technical judgment by making a decision.

Desired Attitudes

1. Be on time for class.

2. Be active and alert during lessons.

3. Be prepared for tests and exams.

4. Do your homework.

5. Balance work and play.

Adapted from http://h2physics.org/