What are the hardest topics in a level physics and chemistry?

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I'm studying physics and chemistry next year, I jw what the hardest parts are about each subject. What type of stuff do you learn in astrophysics
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My impression is in chemistry usually organic ends up being the biggest hurdle, as it ends up being a lot of memorisation due to how they structure the A-level as I understand? In physics not sure, however the electronics/electricity and magnetism content seems to be universally neglected or poorly understood as it was the area that needed most catch up for people who had done A-level Physics when I was doing engineering.

Sinnoh or CheeseIsVeg may be able to give some insight into the A-levels as they experienced them?
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My impression is in chemistry usually organic ends up being the biggest hurdle, as it ends up being a lot of memorisation due to how they structure the A-level as I understand? In physics not sure, however the electronics content seems to be universally neglected or poorly understood as it was the area that needed most catch up for people who had done A-level Physics when I was doing engineering.

Sinnoh or CheeseIsVeg may be able to give some insight into the A-levels as they experienced them?
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My impression is in chemistry usually organic ends up being the biggest hurdle, as it ends up being a lot of memorisation due to how they structure the A-level as I understand? In physics not sure, however the electronics content seems to be universally neglected or poorly understood as it was the area that needed most catch up for people who had done A-level Physics when I was doing engineering.

Sinnoh or CheeseIsVeg may be able to give some insight into the A-levels as they experienced them?
I think it's v subjective! most of my class love physical and hate organic but personally, I suck at physical and I'm good at organic. depends on where ur strengths lie
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I do both Physics and Chemistry Reginald2004.

For Chemistry, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I agree with artful_lounger, Organic has the most memorisation and that’s probably why I find it the most difficult!

As for Physics, I find electricity difficult. It seems to require a lot of application of knowledge as well as use of calculations. The multiple-choice usually involves more than one topic and so that also seems to be difficult for me.

I don’t do the option Astrophysics so I can’t comment.
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I'm studying physics and chemistry next year, I jw what the hardest parts are about each subject. What type of stuff do you learn in astrophysics
Electricity is a surprisingly difficult topic in A-level physics. On the face of it there's not much which is that new, but it's hard to conceptualise what's going on.
However I think magnetism is harder. Particle physics topics are mostly reliant on memorising info so they're not too bad.

Astrophysics in physics A-level involves some optics, like learning about telescopes and observations, properties of stars and some basic cosmology like redshift and Hubble's law. Again, you can mostly get by just by memorising things (and you kind of need to anyway)
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