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SciTech study tips: Physics

So, you’re coming to the University of Warwick to study Physics, ready to dive into the sub-atomic quantum world, are you prepared to uncover the secrets of the cosmos and discover the true nature of the physical universe around us?

Well, you are not quite there yet. Before you can dig into that great stuff, you need to lay the foundations for the next few years of study. Whilst you have undoubtedly done well in your Physics A Level (or equivalent), there are some significant differences between the courses you will have done and the one you are about to begin. In my opinion, the most important change you will deal with is the level of maths you will be using in your Physics modules.

Whilst you have undoubtedly done well in your Physics A Level (or equivalent), there are some significant differences between the courses you will have done and the one you are about to begin

From the first week, you will be using maths taught to you in school within the context of physics, as well as being taught more advanced concepts up until your penultimate year at university. For this reason, you should look through your revision notes for A Level Maths before starting at Warwick in October, specifically, a refresher on calculus and trigonometry.

The summer is long, and without some practice it is easy to forget the little tricks and methods you were taught. But do not be alarmed, there is ample support and guidance at the University throughout the year via tutorials, examples classes, and office hours.

The summer is long, and without some practice it is easy to forget the little tricks and methods you were taught

For some subjects there is a range of recommended or required reading before starting the course, however, this is not the case in the Physics department. Many Physics students go well into second or third year before reading a supplementary book, the lecture material and textbook provided are more than adequate to get you through first year. Refresh some maths in September, relax and enjoy the summer guilt-free!

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