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Physics 1a03

Old 12-09-2016 at 09:35 PM   #1
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Physics 1a03
I am not taking grade 12 physics (SPH 4U) as it has been cancelled at our school (not enough people taking it) and I will not be doing the extra effort to take it in during night school. However, I am taking Calculus (MCV 4U) and have taken grade 11 physics (SPH 3U). I am doing well in calculus and did well in grade 11 physics.

From reading the course requirement of Physics 1A03, it only requires calculus at the grade 12 level. Will I find the course material substantially more difficult without taking the Grade 12 Physics? Since the course title is Introductory Physics, is it made for people who have not taken grade 12 Physics?

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Did you get accepted without having that course (I assume it is prerequisite for being accepted)?
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Old 12-09-2016 at 11:34 PM   #3
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Physics is not required for admission to Life Science. Physics 1A03 is basically a repeat of grade 11 and some grade 12 physics with some of the end topics being near the university level. However most of the grade 12 concepts that you relearn in that course are oversimplifications of what you would have learned in high school. So you can still definitely do well in the course without grade 12 physics and it helps to have strong analytical and problem solving skills, not necessarily just strong math. The course itself is not calculus based physics. They do introduce some calculus here and there to show formula derivations but the only thing from calculus you're expected to know is how to take derivatives and simple integrals or if given a graph that the integral is just the area under the curve so knowing how to find the area of a square, triangle, etc. It's really simple stuff. The class is a mix of people with no physics exposure and those who've taken grade 12 physics or even the AP physics exams. The evaluations are pretty fair simply because you have those people who have never seen physics before.

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