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    Right, Is there any Physics High School Teachers in here??

    i was just wondering what you thought of this..

    Right, I wanna do Astronomy at University and i Need Physics or Maths and i can only do Int 2 Maths at the moment. Due to the columns of our school Biology is in the same column as Physics and i need Biology as i wanna do a degree in it also. I was wondering what you would think of if you knew a student who hadnt done Physics but has been teaching themself Int 2 and really want to do it, if you would allow them to crash Higher in your class but due to Biology being on at the same time would not be able to be in the normal class. But they would go in when the teacher was free during the periods they are free and also teach themselves it and willing to stay behind after school to keep up??

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    Hi Ashley,
    Actually, the most important subject for you right now is math. In college, you will learn the physics. There is really no "upper hand" that people have if they had physics in high school. But the math on the other hand is valuable - learning it now will save you the headache of trying to learn it AND the physics at the same time. (I'm referring to calculus by the way.)

    I am a physicist and I didn't take physics in high school. (Of course, it wouldn't hurt if somehow you can fit it in your schedule.)

    Good luck,
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    I will second this. If your high school has a calculus program, that is your top priority. For calculus is much easier to learn in high school where you spend a decent amount of time on it in the classroom, than in college. But then you will need to be ready to take even more advanced classes in mathematics right away when you start college.

    I do not think you can really get a head start on physics in high school, for in college you will still have to start at the beginning. But many of the ideas in physics take time to digest and you should certainly get as much exposure as you can to begin that process. Otherwise you may find yourself having to repeat the first courses in physics before you can get a firm grasp of it.

    Even as a physics major in college you will find yourself often studying the same topics over and over again but on a higher (deeper) level each time.
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