Can I become a Physics major if I
cannot do Math, even pre-algebra?
Because of my trouble with elementary
algebra, my counselor told be to take a
special math support class at our community
Next, I am taking Elementary Algebra II.
It allows me to get to Algebra I and then non-remedial
math, but that’s a long way to go.
I am really interested in theoretic physics such as
the string theory and other stuff like this.
Update: In our CC, we have to either get high
scores on the placement test or take the precalculus
if you want to study General Physics.
I got really low scores, so I need to take pre-algebra now.
Let’s be realistic here: no. I am a mathematical physics student and, believe my painful experience, even people with strong mathematical knowledge, who are only interested in theoretical physics, have trouble with numerous subjects here and finally give up.
It is true that some schools would not require much of mathematics from you.
However, theoretical physics is a science of abstraction; you would not be able to describe anything without mathematics. Of course, you can act however you please, but I strongly recommend that you select a different major to prevent yourself from a serious disappointment.
I want to emphasize the fact that, conversely to a widespread opinion, “theoretical” physics does not mean that you can use your imagination alone. You will need math for that.
I guess studying physics is not an option if you do not pass algebra.
Math is literally the scientific language of physics. Nevertheless, I see you are making attempts to understand algebra.
I have a rich teaching experience, and from that I can tell that young people are more likely to understand complicated things (such as math) as they grow older.
Considering your motivation, I believe you are able to achieve success with your algebra.
That’s impossible because math is a serious component of physics. Physical processes are described with the use of math.
If you cannot understand algebra now, calculus won’t help because algebra will get even more complicated later on.
Wow, you are planning to take so many classes to get to physics.
Are you sure you need it? Check it, try some physics subjects before selecting a major.
You need to consult your counselor about your decision on physics.
For some modules, you will need to have substantial calculus and prerequisites.
In addition, you will have a problem looking for a job with that major.
Well, Michael Faraday was bad at math.
But you’re not him.
Yes, of course, you can!