Math Preparation for Physics in College Loyola University of Chicago Physics |
Students preparing to take an introductory course in physics in college may want to review some, or all, of the math topics listed below. The student with a good high school background in math should be familiar with most of these topics.
Students planning on enrolling in the College Physics sequence [111 & 112] should review the topics highlighted in red. College Physics is the non-calculus based introductory sequence. Potential General Physics [125 & 126] students may wish to review all topics. These are calculus based introductory courses.
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Topic I Exponentiation
(Powers of ten)
Topic II Mathematical Symbols
Topic III Trigonometry Review
Topic IV Units
Topic V Algebra Review
Topic VI Mathematical Functions (i)
Topic VII Linear Equations (Various Forms)
Topic VIII Parametric Equations
Topic IX Slope of a Curve
Topic X Approximations (Calculations)
Topic XI Functions (ii) (Discontinuous & Continuous)
Topic XII Sketching Curves (Functions)
Topic XIII The Binomial Theorem
Topic XIV Functions (iii) (Trigonometric Functions)
Topic XV Functions (iv) (Log & Exponential Functions)
Topic XVI Proof by Induction
Topic XVII Area under a Curve
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Revised: Aug. 23, 2005
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