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What is the difference between college and high school physics?

The difference between college and high school physics is comparable to the difference between college and high school anything. In fact, there are several differences:

* What is commonly taught in two years of high school physics is covered in only one year in college physics.

* The student is expected to acquire a greater understanding of the subject. Being able to repeat what was said in class is not enough. The student has to combine information obtained from the class, the text, laboratory experiments, and personal experience. Analysis of this information can help you understand how the universe works at many levels. It provides you with an understanding that can be applied in many classes other than physics, as well as many situations beyond a college classroom. High school physics can provide some understanding, but college provides more.

* A college physics course will require more study on the part of the student. Doing homework will not be enough.

A high school physics course is an excellent preparation for a college physics course, but high school physics will not prepare you for beyond first-year college physics.

Kenneth Mellendorf

College physics covers a wider range of topics at a faster rate than high school physics. However, the biggest difference, I believe, is that college physics assumes a knowledge of Calculus, where high school physics does not unless it is an advanced course offering.

Vince Calder

High-school students do not have enough math to get very far into the really interesting issues in physics. College physics is much more mathematical. A physics major normally takes almost enough math courses to get a math degree.

Tim Mooney

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