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A Helpful Method to Cope with Homework on Physics

If physics homework is getting you down (and you’re exerting an equal but opposite force up onto physics), then here is a helpful method to help you cope with your homework.

  1. Don’t be afraid to draw pictures.
  2. So many times, the answer to a physics problem is going to be written in invisible ink that only those who are able to visualize well will be able to see. Break through that dichotomy by drawing every single question that begs visualization. It may seem like a lot of wasted time and ink at first, but over time, your brain will start to look for clues to try to understand what format of question you’re looking for. Furthermore, you’ll start to recognize the different kinds of problems that are just repetitions of the same problem with different constants. This will prove infinitely helpful in higher up physics, and will even probably help you out on tests.

  3. Take pride in your drawings.
  4. More times than you would think, there are some physics problems that will have hidden shapes underneath that you would never know but just drawing stick figures and a horizon line. The shape you are most likely to see hidden in a problem is the triangle, where an angle of inclination is suddenly met by a vertical line of some sort which converges again with the horizon in a beautifully pythagorean ninety-degree angle. Would you have paid more attention in trigonometry if you knew it was going to mean your grade in two classes? If worse comes to worse, you will find all the necessary equations with a quick Google search. If you have yet to take a trigonometry class, or haven’t taken a trigonometry class seriously, don’t be afraid to print out a sheet of paper of trig equations that would be beneficial to memorize.

  5. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  6. Physics is one of those few sciences where a big part of feeling around for a wrong answer has to do with your gut instinct. Humans, being observant creatures subject to all the same laws of physics as the rest of the universe, have a natural inclination for understanding the rates and forces of nature. If you have a steamboat cruising down the Mississippi at a whopping 3 lightyears/hour, don’t assume the steamboat is powered by the Earth’s mass worth of nuclear fusion. Check your work.

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