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    PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Which one should I choose PHYS1121 - Physics 1A or PHYS1131 - Higher Physics 1A for my engineering degree. I was pretty decent at physics and maths at school but from what i heard high school physics =/= university physics and that heaps of people fail physics at uni.
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    You got a Band 6 in Physics - why not try Higher Physics?
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by unholybuddha View Post
    Which one should I choose PHYS1121 - Physics 1A or PHYS1131 - Higher Physics 1A for my engineering degree. I was pretty decent at physics and maths at school but from what i heard high school physics =/= university physics and that heaps of people fail physics at uni.
    I reckon u should prob just do physics 1a , I did higher physics because they said it was complusory for electrical engineers, but it is the EXACT same content , just that the people doing higher get a harder exam and get scaled higher , I dont think its worth doing higher physics though, for the final exam I reckon I only got like maybe 50% if I was lucky , and it was weighted 40% and my final mark for Higher Phys 1A was 69
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdude View Post
    You got a Band 6 in Physics - why not try Higher Physics?
    What little u know son

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    up to you, u learn the same stuff, do the same labs etc. but the exams just harder.
    If you think you'll enjoy it then I think you should. But if you're not that interested and just want to pass, then do normal phys.
    I did higher, not sure if i regret it or not.
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Defiantly do normal, NOT higher! I got a band 6 in HSC physics (which is nothing like uni physics at all) and still struggled immensely with Physics. Normal physics and higher physics are the same except for a (slightly) harder exam at the end of the semester basically.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    yeah normal physics was super hard when i did it, apparently they had to dumb it down last year, lol.

    if it's not compulsory then theres not really much point in going for it.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Either way you're going to die in the final exam in the part set by Joe Wolfe.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by jm01 View Post
    Either way you're going to die in the final exam in the part set by Joe Wolfe.
    hey couldnt even be nice enough to put a standard 3unit math like projectile question in the exam , doesnt like easy tests so he puts in a question about rotation , wtf, who studys that , I hardly got topic when we did it in the lecture anyway.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    I've chosen the normal one. Thanks for your help guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Of Fail 2 View Post
    hey couldnt even be nice enough to put a standard 3unit math like projectile question in the exam , doesnt like easy tests so he puts in a question about rotation , wtf, who studys that , I hardly got that shit in the lecture anyway.
    I liked the final exam personally. But then again I like Physics. But yes most people hated that exam.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by unholybuddha View Post
    I've chosen the normal one. Thanks for your help guys!
    well im still not sure , maybe it is better to do the higher physics. The higher physics students never got to see what questions were in the plain physics 1A paper. I looked at the past exams they had for like 2006, 2007 2008 and the physics 1A and higher physics 1A papers had pretty much the exact same question, except there was 1 out of the 6 questions that were different between physics 1A and higher physics 1A

    im wondering if it is like 4unit, where if you do the higher physics 1A you only need to get a raw mark of like 50% and it gets scaled to 80%

    I dont even think I got 50% raw on that final exam, but it makes it a bit hard when you dont get to see your marked exam papers or the breakdown of your final mark.

    Another thing, they need to get a better range of past papers in my opinion , there were tons of semesters that were left out in the past papers archive and some of the papers didnt have solutions. There is a big difference between textbook questions and exam questions and imo they need to put more past papers/ exam style questions up with solns on the first year website.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Pretty much what was in the final exam for JW's section was covered in his lectures in one way or another. Yes he didn't directly say that it would be in the exam but for instance that rotation/string question. He went through it on the very last lecture with an actual pract/demo.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Yeh I think I remember that one, but his last lecture was like 7wks before the final exam

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    I remember PHYS1131 being really, extremely, excruciatingly hard for me. I only managed to pass because I leeched answers off my friends for the last few quizes and got very lucky in that the exam asked a disproportionate number of questions in the only topic I learned decently. If you like physics then do higher, otherwise, theres no real point in doing higher.

    Just be careful not to get caught off guard by the fast pace of lectures.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    lol yeh, the hookes law , friction and momentum questions saved me I think

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by sinophile View Post
    I remember PHYS1131 being really, extremely, excruciatingly hard for me. I only managed to pass because I leeched answers off my friends for the last few quizes and got very lucky in that the exam asked a disproportionate number of questions in the only topic I learned decently. If you like physics then do higher, otherwise, theres no real point in doing higher.

    Just be careful not to get caught off guard by the fast pace of lectures.
    just teach yourself. it was much easier reading it from the book.

    the final exam is harder and so is the mid exam if you do higher physics. *mid exam was online last year but i think they changed it.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Do NOT do higher if it is not required. I don't even think it helps that much with scaling.

    I think 2009 HSC was the luckiest year online mid sem and almost everyone got 100%. I think they changed it now lol.
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaz1 View Post
    Do NOT do higher if it is not required. I don't even think it helps that much with scaling.

    I think 2009 HSC was the luckiest year online mid sem and almost everyone got 100%. I think they changed it now lol.
    i didnt :|

    and thats because everyone got together in like groups of 20 to share the questions and work them out as a group , bloody rediculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Of Fail 2 View Post
    i didnt :|

    and thats because everyone got together in like groups of 20 to share the questions and work them out as a group , bloody rediculous
    Why didn't you do it in a group? I did all my online uni stuff in groups lol.
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    The funny thing is that I remember JW saying in the very first lecture that he makes sure to catch out all the 'formula monkeys' in the final exam :P

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Do higher - content is almost identical, and you get scaled. And performance in HSC is in no way indicative of your performance in PHYS1121/1131. I barely scraped a Band 6 in HSC, and got 1 mark short of an HD in Higher Phys 1a.

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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaz1 View Post
    Do NOT do higher if it is not required. I don't even think it helps that much with scaling.

    I think 2009 HSC was the luckiest year online mid sem and almost everyone got 100%. I think they changed it now lol.
    lol we may be lucky but its not gonna be funny when our poor knowledge of physics results in buildings collapsing!
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    lmao for the phys midsem I was lucky to be in the company of some international students. One super smart guy did the test first and then the rest followed. They started to write equations on maple so it would just be matter of typing in the different numbers, talk about efficiency! needless to say everyone got 100%, i think the average was like 85% or something
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    Re: PHYS1121 or PHYS1131?

    I dont mind doing the quizes in small groups as bouncing ideas off your friends really improves your learning, but doing it in groups of like 20 is fucking ridiculous

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