Failed physics again .. advice needed Watch

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Irish student here studying in ROI. Earned 50 credits from 1st year unfortunately I did not pass physics and I didn't pass the physics repeat. There is a few reasons but no point getting into that...

Please give me advice! I need to pass this module next year as I am allowed to carry it. I will be taking my first year physics exam along with my 2nd year exams. If I fail it again I'm probably going to be kicked out...

Khan academy and YouTube to help me of course. I'm just wondering is there a 1st year physics book that would be helpful for me? Like a basic introductory one on amazon. I find it very confusing. It's only a first year module on my course and it's worth 10 credits.

My lecturers notes are hard for me to understand.

BSc ( Hons ) in Bioveterinary Science

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Get a list of topic areas for the module - probably from the module handbook (which is what we have in the UK) and I'd suggest making a list and going through it with a timeboxing system like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

it might be possible for you to attend the first year lectures again

you could ask your lecturers to explain things when you are getting stuck
you can also ask friends who passed the module to explain things
you could try join a study group with the first years taking the module

Obviously see if there's a recommended book on the module handbook... or ask the lecturer... or a friend who passed.

Tipler and Mosca is a popular one for first year physics modules, but going with the recommended one is preferable cos it'll cover the stuff on your module.

good luck!
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Get a list of topic areas for the module - probably from the module handbook (which is what we have in the UK) and I'd suggest making a list and going through it with a timeboxing system like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

it might be possible for you to attend the first year lectures again

you could ask your lecturers to explain things when you are getting stuck
you can also ask friends who passed the module to explain things
you could try join a study group with the first years taking the module

Obviously see if there's a recommended book on the module handbook... or ask the lecturer... or a friend who passed.

Tipler and Mosca is a popular one for first year physics modules, but going with the recommended one is preferable cos it'll cover the stuff on your module.

good luck!
Thanks for replying. I will check the handbook. I have all my notes saved from first year. The lecturer could cover brand new material though I was told that. I don't know if I can attend any physics lectures as I'm progressing into 2nd year and it's a 5 day week. I've never used a time boxing system before but I will try it.

The lecturer is helpful to a certain extent. I doubt he will help me if I'm stuck though. I will try attend 1st year study session if I can. I've just completed my first week and the results only came out yesterday so everything is in freefall until things are organised regarding this module.

I will try get a recommended book to help me from the library.

On a side note I downloaded the app however in order to view your reply I had to open chrome lol .. is that normal ?
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Hi

Irish student here studying in ROI. Earned 50 credits from 1st year unfortunately I did not pass physics and I didn't pass the physics repeat. There is a few reasons but no point getting into that...

Please give me advice! I need to pass this module next year as I am allowed to carry it. I will be taking my first year physics exam along with my 2nd year exams. If I fail it again I'm probably going to be kicked out...

Khan academy and YouTube to help me of course. I'm just wondering is there a 1st year physics book that would be helpful for me? Like a basic introductory one on amazon. I find it very confusing. It's only a first year module on my course and it's worth 10 credits.

My lecturers notes are hard for me to understand.

BSc ( Hons ) in Bioveterinary Science

PLEASE HELP
The book that you are asking would really vary from people to people and is also depending on whether you are doing a physics course based on algebra or calculus.

The book recommended by Joinedup is usually meant for physics course based on calculus - the book by Tipler and Mosca is good for students who are strong in mathematics and the examples provided by the book are also pretty useful for conceptual understanding.

If you are looking for free ebook on physics, here are a few:

1) Light and matter
There are few versions. Take a look and you should know. The writing of the book is more for conceptual understanding and solving essential problems for the sake of understanding physics. The book also has challenging problems.

2) College Physics
Standard way of introducing physics. It has simulation embedded to demonstrate physics concepts. There is a student solutions manual.
This is for students taking algebra-based physics course.

If your course is algebra-based physics, you may want to take a look at the following physics textbook at your school library.

- College Physics - A strategic Approach by Randall D Knight
- College Physics by Hugh D Young (I think there is a new edition.)
- College Physics by Raymond A Serway
- College Physics : Reasoning and Relationships by Nicholas Giordano

If you are weak in solving physics problems, you may want to check out this book
Schaum's 3,000 Solved Problems in Physics

If you are taking Calculus-based Physics, you can check out the physics textbook by Randall D Knight, Hugh D Young and Raymond A Serway respectively

All the best.
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On a side note I downloaded the app however in order to view your reply I had to open chrome lol .. is that normal ?
Probably a glitch, I don't think I did anything special. might be worth reporting it.
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The librarians will also have a list of the recommended books for your module and might be able to recommend you one they think is particularly helpful.

Having thought about it if there's no entry requirement for physics on your course your first year physics module might be largely a catch-up course covering a lot of UK A level equivalent subject matter.

keep trying self test questions & past papers to check which areas you need to improve

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Hi

Irish student here studying in ROI. Earned 50 credits from 1st year unfortunately I did not pass physics and I didn't pass the physics repeat. There is a few reasons but no point getting into that...

Please give me advice! I need to pass this module next year as I am allowed to carry it. I will be taking my first year physics exam along with my 2nd year exams. If I fail it again I'm probably going to be kicked out...

Khan academy and YouTube to help me of course. I'm just wondering is there a 1st year physics book that would be helpful for me? Like a basic introductory one on amazon. I find it very confusing. It's only a first year module on my course and it's worth 10 credits.

My lecturers notes are hard for me to understand.

BSc ( Hons ) in Bioveterinary Science

PLEASE HELP
revisit the modules and practice, practice, practice. possibly highlight and rewrite the keynotes and look at the powerpoints again
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