For a moment, let us put to one side the value of Physics as a science in its own right that describes the natural world. By studying Physics we pick up skills that flow over into other subjects. A course in Physics teaches us problem solving techniques and ways of thinking that can be applied in other areas. Physics teaches us how to collect and analyse data and then how to explain our measurements in terms of fundamental laws. Physics is highly rated as a "facilitating" subject by the major universities. Many university courses require particular subjects to be studied in the final years of secondary schooling. These are the facilitating subjects. The top 24 universities in the UK, known as the Russell group, publish a document called Informed Choices, giving information for UK university entry. This document states that the top three facilitating subjects in preparation for university study are Mathematics/Further Mathematics, English Literature and Physics.
Physics and Mathematics
What are the concepts in Physics and Mathematics that students find difficult? In this blog I will post tutorial points that I hope will stimulate thinking and so broaden the knowledge and understanding of students allowing them to write thorough examination responses. Tutorial notes, from a student's point of view, will be posted on the HSC, IB and university level topics of Relativity, Electromagnetism, Mechanics, Quantum Physics and Calculus. The overall purpose of these pages is to encourage and promote learning in Physics and Mathematics and so open new horizons in learning.