The Hardest Exam I Ever Took at MIT in Physics | Summary and Q&A

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July 25, 2019
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The Hardest Exam I Ever Took at MIT in Physics

TL;DR

Physics Girl and Toby unbox and analyze physics exams from MIT, discussing the difficulty level, problem types, and exam tips.

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Key Insights

  • 🦾 The mechanics course at MIT emphasizes conceptual understanding over equation memorization.
  • 🚀 Physics exams at MIT cover various topics, including orbital velocity, angular momentum, and rocket science.
  • 👀 Looking at past exams helps students familiarize themselves with question formats and improves time management skills.
  • 👀 It is important to try solving problems on your own before looking at solutions, as it helps in understanding the problem-solving process.
  • ❓ Group study sessions can be beneficial for learning and discussing physics concepts.
  • 🥺 Learning from exam mistakes can lead to significant improvements in grades.
  • ❓ Memorizing equations alone is not sufficient for solving physics problems; understanding the relationships between variables is crucial.

Transcript

  • Thanks to Kiwi Co for supporting PBS. I did fail a math exam, my very first math exam. I think I got like a 10% or something like that. - I mentioned before we filmed, I got a minus five on a math exam once. - Hey, I'm Diana you're watching Physics Girl. And I'm here today with Toby, from the Talent Tibees. One of the other physics channels on th... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What sets apart the mechanics course at MIT from other physics courses?

The mechanics course at MIT focuses on conceptual understanding rather than just using equations, making it more challenging.

Q: How can understanding the relationship between variables like orbital speed and distance help in solving physics problems?

Understanding the relationship between variables allows students to approach problems conceptually and derive solutions rather than relying solely on memorized equations.

Q: How can looking at past exam papers be helpful in preparing for physics exams?

Past exams provide insights into the format of questions, time allocation, and help students practice problem-solving skills.

Q: What are some exam preparation tips for physics students?

Apart from doing practice problems, it is beneficial to work in groups, learn from solutions only as needed, and prioritize time management during exams.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Physics Girl and Toby unbox physics exams from MIT, specifically from the mechanics course (8 0 1 2), known for its difficulty.

  • They discuss the conceptual nature of the course, where understanding physics concepts is more important than simply plugging in equations.

  • The exams cover various topics, including orbital velocity, angular momentum, Atwood machine, rocket science, momentum conservation, and rotational motion.

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