DoctaDave wrote:windu34 wrote:Hey so I'm new to physics lab events and was wondering what to expect as far as the math goes. What should I expect?
When I competed in compound machines everything was algebra based. I do remember at an invite we got a well written test and there was a calculus based question, but it only required finding the derivative of a polynomial so it wasn't anything crazy. But algebra based physics can still be really difficult. Just take a look at the f=ma tests which require no calculus.
I never competed for compound machines at nats but I would not expect much calculus there either.
Yeah, I guess it would depend on the ES. If I were a physics professor volunteering as the ES, I probably wouldn't throw calculus questions into a test that could be taken by 6th graders, but hey, we're all different. On the other hand, I heard Crave the Wave had calculus last year? And optics will have it next year? I have no idea. I've never looked into either of those events.