Anyone else struggle with Physics? - Page 2 - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


Insert BS here A place to discuss anything you want

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-09-2011, 09:15 AM   #21
Elite Member
iTrader: (12)
 
GeneSplicer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 2,006
Total Cats: 147
Default

I try and forget it - that and calc. Org chem was a bitch too - but I AM the 99% that doesn't use their degree anyway, so what's it matter... Maybe there will be a helacious curve and you'll end up getting a B - but then there's always that smart Mother F who screws it all for everyone else...
GeneSplicer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 09:23 AM   #22
mkturbo.com
iTrader: (24)
 
shuiend's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Charleston SC
Posts: 13,780
Total Cats: 1,106
Default

If anyone every needs help with math I highly recommend heading over to Kahn Academy and watching the videos on whatever you are having problems with. I don't think I have ever seen someone make math seem so easy as this guy does.
shuiend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 10:03 AM   #23
Boost Czar
iTrader: (61)
 
Braineack's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 72,896
Total Cats: 1,792
Default

physics made simple:

Braineack is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 11:32 AM   #24
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 143
Total Cats: 0
Default

Seems like quite a few engineers on here. I'm hoping to be bitching about Physics sometime next year with you guys. I'll be heading to UNC- charlotte to study mechanical engineering and possibly a concentration in motorsports.
jboogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 11:53 AM   #25
Elite Member
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Springfield IL
Posts: 2,750
Total Cats: 24
Default

This thread makes me glad I only have to take stats for the bsn program.
chpmnsws6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 12:04 PM   #26
Crumple Zone Tester
iTrader: (7)
 
mgeoffriau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jackson, MS
Posts: 7,656
Total Cats: 447
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hustler View Post
I did fairly well in physics but Cal 1 and 2 killed me and pushed me out of engineering. Now, I'm a nobody.
^me.

So why do you drive a race car and I'm working in a bookstore?

Oh wait, I remember. I got a philosophy degree and I bet you got something useful like a business degree.
mgeoffriau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 12:42 PM   #27
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Anacortes, WA
Posts: 2,479
Total Cats: 116
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by curly View Post
Is this physics with calculus? Aka: 201,202,203 series instead of 101,102,103? If so, I took that at OSU while I was still in engineering. Curve was set around a D, class average was easily a C. It was ridiculous.
For me the big weed out course was Thermo 2. I failed that the first time through along with 90% of my class mates. Literally only one person in the class received a passing grade.

Physics was ok for me especially all the mechanical stuff until the second class where it got into the bazar stuff that is hard to wrap your head around like electric and magnetic field theory stuff I had issues grasping that.

Bob
bbundy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #28
Senior Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 924
Total Cats: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jboogie View Post
Seems like quite a few engineers on here. I'm hoping to be bitching about Physics sometime next year with you guys. I'll be heading to UNC- charlotte to study mechanical engineering and possibly a concentration in motorsports.
Seeya next year then huh?
Gryff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 01:20 PM   #29
Elite Member
iTrader: (21)
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 5,687
Total Cats: 560
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bbundy View Post
For me the big weed out course was Thermo 2. I failed that the first time through along with 90% of my class mates. Literally only one person in the class received a passing grade.
Thermo was tough. Luckily, I had a professor that made it simple; you either learned the stuff or you failed. He quized at least once a week, and if it was obvious people weren't getting it, he tried the same material again until people did get it.

My roommate used to wake up screaming from nightmares about Calc IV. I was seroiusly concerned for his sanity at one point.
rleete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #30
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 143
Total Cats: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gryff View Post
Seeya next year then huh?
Really hoping to, Gotta sell my damn house first! Lots of equity so if I have to sell cheap I will. Are you just starting?
jboogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 02:16 PM   #31
NB/VVT Connoisseur
iTrader: (23)
 
viperormiata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Key West
Posts: 6,072
Total Cats: 253
Default

In all seriousness, if any one needs tutoring in math, don't be afraid to send me a PM. I've been tutoring at the local college for a while now and also do help over skype, email, etc...

Anything from basic algebra to calc.4 and anything in between. Just let me know and I'll be glad to help.

No skype sex until homework is done
viperormiata is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 02:23 PM   #32
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Anacortes, WA
Posts: 2,479
Total Cats: 116
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rleete View Post
Thermo was tough. Luckily, I had a professor that made it simple; you either learned the stuff or you failed. He quized at least once a week, and if it was obvious people weren't getting it, he tried the same material again until people did get it.

My roommate used to wake up screaming from nightmares about Calc IV. I was seroiusly concerned for his sanity at one point.
In my thermo class you could do all the homework problems understand how they worked and when you went in to take a test it felt like all the problems were from another class you hadn't bothered to go to all year and on a different subject and you were under a time crunch to complete all the problems in the allotted time. Even if you could find old tests it didnít help.

Thermo I => A
Thermo II => F
Thermo II => A second time with new instructor
Heat transfer => A
Fluid Mechanics => A

Bob
bbundy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 02:34 PM   #33
Elite Member
iTrader: (4)
 
MartinezA92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Mountain View, CA
Posts: 1,702
Total Cats: 28
Default

Lots of A's in here. I've got to get my **** together. I got a bunch of B's in everything.

I assume this carries some importance when I try to transfer.
MartinezA92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 02:44 PM   #34
Junior Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kent, WA
Posts: 97
Total Cats: 0
Default

Physics wasn't too bad for me, but at Calc II I started questioning my direction (mech. engineering) and looked at some Comp Sci. and philosophy courses that looked fun. Calc III clinched the ME thing for me, and I've been happily programming computers for the last 20 years (while my BA, Phil. collects dust).
Tim Irwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 03:13 PM   #35
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bellingham, Wa
Posts: 2,732
Total Cats: 3
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MartinezA92 View Post
Lots of A's in here. I've got to get my **** together. I got a bunch of B's in everything.

I assume this carries some importance when I try to transfer.
Yep, it will make a big difference depending on what you are getting into. I have to retake a couple of classes (Trig and now physics) to get my GPA up to a good enough level. You may get into the school you want, but the program you are looking at may be super competitive. Around here, mechanical engineering programs are really difficult to get into, very competitive.

You can show up naked smeared with **** and they'll let you into civil engineering =P

For the record, I was a HS dropout. Dropped out at 17 with only one credit left to graduate. Went back to college for a bit when I was 22 to work on math then full bore when I was 24 (last year) to work on my engineering transfer.

There is a reason that valuable degrees are worth it. They are a lot of hard work, they kick your ***, but you learn a lot and can have a lot of fun if you make it your hobby.

My friends make fun of me when they come over and see endless reams of scratch paper with computations all over the place lol.
wayne_curr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 11:31 AM   #36
Elite Member
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Posts: 2,575
Total Cats: 11
Default

Man I wish I could get a bunch of A's...

Don't worry about it OP. I am in my 4th year of mechanical engineering rocking a 2.4 GPA, and I have had an internship with US Air and am going to have one with MoTeC. Just keep at it, and most importantly, join a FSAE team haha.
cardriverx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 02:20 PM   #37
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 1,882
Total Cats: 45
Default

Bits of wisdom gleaned from my 100 years as an Engineering student:

1.) Your boss makes more money as a Costco manager than she did as an engineer because she was a poor engineer, not because Costco pays its managers so well. There are excellent female engineers, but there are also a very great number of really bad ones. The female brain tends to be really excellent at retaining knowledge, and really terrible at applying that retained knowledge to real world examples. That isn't sexist, its just that they're genetically wired differently than men are. Their evolutionary motivations and advantages don't lend themselves to engineering as much as they do to other sciences.

2.) Having a degree does NOT make you a good engineer. My dad is one of the best engineers I have ever met, and he has a geography degree. One of the local ricer kids has his Masters in Aerospace Engineering, and he's too stupid to tie his own shoes.

3.) For me, having really good examples, and learning WHAT you're doing with the numbers makes all the difference in the world. You may be able to smash all the steps of your instructors favorite impulse/ momentum problems into your head and pass the test, but wrapping your brain around the concept that impulse is the amount of effort it takes to change the state of a body, and really absorbing the concepts involved helps me be able to really work my way through a problem instead of memorizing a list of steps that may or may not be applicable in real world design problems.
vehicular is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #38
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 1,882
Total Cats: 45
Default

BTW, that Kahn Academy looks really promising. That's getting saved for next semester.
vehicular is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 03:27 PM   #39
Elite Member
iTrader: (21)
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 5,687
Total Cats: 560
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vehicular View Post
1.) Your boss makes more money as a Costco manager than she did as an engineer because she was a poor engineer, not because Costco pays its managers so well. There are excellent female engineers, but there are also a very great number of really bad ones.
I got myself into a world of crap on another forum, because I posted nearly the same thing. Male engineers do it because they like it, and continue to do engineering outside the workplace. Every good engineer I've ever worked with, without exception, is into cars, R/C, model rocketry, clockmaking, model engines or some other form of engineering. Women leave work, and that's it. For them, it's a job, not a passion. However, women make better engineering managers. Being able to handle nerds is like raising children, I guess.

Quote:
Originally Posted by vehicular View Post
2.) Having a degree does NOT make you a good engineer.
I've worked with many who are good in a classroom, but couldn't engineer a good ****. Book learning is different from application to the real world. Most doctorates are nearly helpless when it comes to solving problems, at least until they get half a dozen years of experience.
rleete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 03:42 PM   #40
Senior Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 924
Total Cats: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jboogie View Post
Really hoping to, Gotta sell my damn house first! Lots of equity so if I have to sell cheap I will. Are you just starting?
nope, 3/5 years currently.

Quote:
No skype sex until homework is done
Damn! Is it worth trying??

Also, for everyone posting about book smarts versus actually applying said smarts to the real world, I couldnt agree with you more! I know some people who dont even understand the concept of how an engine runs... but thats just the way things are.
Gryff is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4 205 50 15 Toyo RA1 Tires (shaved used 1 weekend) chris101 Miata parts for sale/trade 5 02-19-2016 08:13 PM
New physics based game - Bridge Builder chriscar Insert BS here 9 10-24-2009 02:29 AM
Physics games for the bored. Braineack Insert BS here 19 07-24-2009 05:30 PM
949Racing Driving Simulators emilio700 General Miata Chat 11 11-28-2008 08:18 PM
College Get'n Hard! patsmx5 Insert BS here 26 04-13-2008 11:11 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 PM.