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Physics: Calculus based or non-calculus based, which is better?

sirius_catsirius_cat Posts: 825Registered User Member
edited April 2009 in Pre-Med Topics
I a senior who's currently in AP Physics. I dont like the class at all although I dont think that my teacher is any good. I'm also in calculus and while I'm not a big fan of math, I do find it to be relatively easy to understand, unlike physics for me. I think that it would be better for me to take calculus based physics based on that fact although traditionally, math has not been my strong subject. I dont know if one is preferred over the other in terms of med school. Does anyone have any ideas/advice?
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Replies to: Physics: Calculus based or non-calculus based, which is better?

  • shades_childrenshades_children Posts: 2,206Registered User Senior Member
    Physics for medical school doesn't need to be calculus-based. It's not like one is going to better preparation for medical school or will get you more brownie points during the admissions process.

    I'm under the impression that calculus-based physics in college is harder than non-calculus-based physics.
  • sirius_catsirius_cat Posts: 825Registered User Member
    the physics on the MCAT will be non-calculus based?

    I dont do well in physics at all (although I suffer severely from senioritis) and my teacher thinks that I should take calc based b/c if he explains something with calculus then I instantly understand but at the same time, I'm not looking forward so something harder seeing as I'll have a demanding schedule as a pre-med already.
  • madamebovarymadamebovary Posts: 1,640Registered User Senior Member
    You just need non-calculus base College Physics, but all the theory in the course is still derived with calculus. Its just the test exam wont require you to do calculus.
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