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What to expect for a First Semester General Physics course?

Sci Fi geek 19Sci Fi geek 19 9 replies5 threads New Member
I've heard that AP Physics 1 and 2 are equivalent to a first semester Physics course, in which AP Physics is mostly conceptual. Is General Physics mostly conceptual?
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2078 replies33 threads Senior Member
    First semester where, in what program?

    My D’s first year engineering program physics course, and pretty much any engineering programs’s physics course, is Calculus based, unlike AP Physics 1 and 2.

    Physics C is similar to an engineering/science first semester Physics course. 1 and 2 would be similar to the non-STEM intro physics courses.

    Not sure what you intend to mean by “conceptual”. All Physics teach mathematical and scientific concepts, supported by problem solving and experimentation/labs to implement these concepts.
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  • Sci Fi geek 19Sci Fi geek 19 9 replies5 threads New Member
    By conceptual i mean like Conceptual Physics. I'm just asking if there is a lot of math involved in General Physics 1 and 2.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 81194 replies728 threads Senior Member
    AP physics 1 and 2 emulate a non-calculus-based physics sequence sometimes offered to biology majors and pre-meds. At some colleges, the physics for biology majors and pre-meds sequence requires single variable calculus.

    If physics is required for computer science or math majors, it is likely to be calculus-based physics, where the student's math level should reach multivariable calculus at least concurrently with the physics course that includes electricity and magnetism (completing multivariable calculus before then can be helpful).
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