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
Revised: Aug. 23, 2005
Author: D.B. Tribble firstname.lastname@example.org.
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