The Language of Physics
Physics is a word that scares most people, adults and students alike. One of the major reasons many people are
afraid of physics is the math involved. But, you have been using physics for years, you just didn't realize it.
You don't have to master mathematics to understand most basic physics concepts. What you need to understand is
that math is the language of physics.
The Language
Math is a very special language. The symbols act as punctuation, the numbers are the letters or words and how
they go together is like grammar rules. The grammar of math is more tricky than the grammar of English, though. If
you have bad grammar in English, you won't get good grades, but people will probably still understand what you are
trying to say. However, if you have have poor grammar in math you may not get your point across. All meaning will
be lost.
The need to be so careful is probably the reason why many people think math is hard. It isn't really. You just
have to be careful and not rush yourself. You can also try thinking about whether or not your answer makes
sense.
The Importance
Mathematics is very important to physics. With math, you not only communicate the concepts you understand to
others, but you can predict new things that you don't have personal experience with. Math is a very powerful tool
for physics.
Just remember, when you learn the language of physics, you want to learn the grammar. Learning individual
equations without knowing why they work is like going to a foreign country with a phrase book but not knowing the
language. You don't understand what you say, and you could say something completely wrong and not even know it.
Plus, you won't know how to say anything that isn't in your phrase book.
By learning some of the concepts of physics first, when you do learn the equations that go with the concepts,
you will have a better chance of understanding what the math means.
“Do not worry about your problems with mathematics,
I assure you mine are far greater.” Albert
Einstein
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