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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Can you list some high school or higher physics concepts that don't use or require math to learn?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (13707points) 2 months ago

Pure physics no math. Like for example levers and screws and inclined planes. Not limited to my examples.

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ragingloli's avatar

Everything requires maths to learn.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli Ok then. Less formulas more concepts. Limited to high school mathematics or lower.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

All physics requires math, the concepts are describe with numbers.

E = mc^2 is physics and requires math equation.

F = ma or in other words

Need math to explain physics.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Tropical_Willie The physics in my details don’t need math. Why do they have different classes for each math and physics then? What would you learn in physics that you won’t learn in math class.

ragingloli's avatar

Of course those require maths.
A lever reduces the amount of raw force you would have to apply to the target mass, by the distance you have to pull the lever. That relationship is calculated with maths.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli But you don’t need much math to understand the concept. Just teaching shallow concepts that are barely useful. Its a stretch that I am asking you to humor with me. Like where in early grade school that you learn about how we don’t cook with metal and use plastic or wood. You don’t need chemistry to understand that concept. I’m hoping to find physics that I can learn until my math skills catch up. Preferably YouTube or website or book from Amazon to listen to or read. I want to find a new source to learn what I can without complex formulas and just read like a novel. Does pure physics exist?

zenvelo's avatar

Pure physics exists, it’s language is mathematics.

There are lots of things that can be described in layman’s language, but without the math, it is no more than hocus pocus.

The 1950s description of the atom and basic nuclear physics can be understood without math, but you can’t use the information for anything besides drawing grade school pictures. Without math, you can’t demonstrate to another person, or converse with another person. It would be no more comprehensible than a picture of the solar system.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo but would be nice to look at. I can believe in gravity without knowing the terminal velocity of an apple.

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zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 But you can’t learn much more about gravity other than any two bodies have a mutual gravitational attraction. But without math, you can’t describe what gravity will do.

—Terminal velocity is different from gravity. Terminal velocity does not occur in a vacuum, only in an atmosphere.—

LostInParadise's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 , Why are you so afraid of equations?

For levers, we can say that the heavier mass must be closer to the fulcrum than the lighter mass. Alternatively, we can say that m1/m2 = d2/d1, so if m1 is 3 times greater than m2 then d2, the distance of m2 from the fulcrum, must be 3 times greater than d1, the distance of m1 from the fulcrum.

The equation says more and is much more compact than the description. You should take an elementary algebra course. That should be enough for an elementary physics course.

Pinguidchance's avatar

The shortest distance between the couch and the fridge is a straight line.

What gets up must come down.

The light from a laser beam will only bend so far until the remote wont change the channel.

LostInParadise's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 , Here is something you might find of interest if you do not know it already. No math required. I am a little embarrassed to admit that this is something I just learned, how the Earth’s electromagnetic field protects us from solar radiation.

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