Physics
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Last edited by Cujo10; 1 Feb 2018 at 6:59 PM.
Physics
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Probably physics.
HSC 2018: English Adv. [80] • Maths Ext. 1 [98] • Maths Ext. 2 [95] • Chemistry [87] • Software Design [95]
ATAR: 97.40 | Uni Course: B Advanced Mathematics (Hons) / B Engineering (Hons) (Computer) at UNSW
It is subjective, however, physics is a lot more difficult for me
Physics requires much more conceptual understanding and covers more content, especially in year 12 when compared to just memorizing and applying formulas for 2U.
So, you say physics is harder because of more theoretical content, and 2u math is just more rote learning.
2U math is just applying formulae with some problem solving/algebraic manipulation skills. You don't even need to memorise much because pretty much every non-trivial formula is on the reference sheet. If you're good at math you don't need to put much work into 2U.
Physics has a lot more content and requires understanding that content (e.g. relativity can be really confusing). There's also a lot of dot point memorisation involved, as the HSC sciences tend to do. That includes all of the various half-essay research tasks throughout the course so you can answer the 5-, 6- and 7-markers. On top of that you need the same mathematical skill (to a certain extent) as you would in 2U, e.g. for projectile motion questions.
But some people are better at different things. Personal preference plays a big part as well. For example, I know someone who dropped 2U Maths and kept Physics because he understood and enjoyed the latter more.
Last edited by fan96; 1 Feb 2018 at 9:19 PM.
HSC 2018: English Adv. [80] • Maths Ext. 1 [98] • Maths Ext. 2 [95] • Chemistry [87] • Software Design [95]
ATAR: 97.40 | Uni Course: B Advanced Mathematics (Hons) / B Engineering (Hons) (Computer) at UNSW
I'd say Physics is harder conceptually and also in terms of memorisation. I initially found concepts such as relativity and the twins paradox rather difficult to wrap my head around and if you do the Quanta to Quarks option, I thought it was a lot to memorise all the different scientists and their works.
Of course if you're doing the new syllabus then I believe it is more shifted towards the mathematical and conceptual side and so I think the memorisation wouldn't be as much.
And also, the topic of 2U Math vs Physics in terms of difficulty is also quite subjective as many have said above.
2017 HSC: Eng (Adv.) · 3U Math · 4U Math · Chem · Phys · Bio
Physics. More theoretical concepts that are harder to grasp compared to the simple calculus and whatnot in 2u.
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