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Should I drop Physics?

Asked by julia999 (343points) June 3rd, 2009

Hi there

I’m in a dilemma at the moment picking my VCE (high school) subjects. When I leave I’d like to go to university and study Dentistry or Computers.

The subjects I’m taking are:
Maths Methods
Software Dev 3/4

So I was thinking of dropping Physics, because I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I would and so I can devote more time to my Chemistry and Maths.

Dentistry actually only requires Maths Methods and (chem OR physics OR specialist maths), and Computers only require Math.

Basically, I’m looking for advice on whether:
-my career options would be if I dropped Physics
-and what subjects I should take instead if I drop drop it.

I was thinking of taking an Art of Media (but they’re time consuming, or another English (which I’m very good at).

Thanks heaps in advance!

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applesaucemanny's avatar

I would say just drop physics….also your question somehow reminded me of this

Magnus's avatar

Physics is the most fascinating thing in the world no matter how you look at it. It questions our existence and nature in a rational and sensible way, it is unparalell to anything a human can learn.

I don’t know, you choose. If you don’t find it interesting…

Kiev749's avatar

physics is cool and all, but if you want to go into computers or dentistry, i wouldn’t believe it to be necessary. you can always take it in college.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I would only keep it if you think you’d be able to maintain the grades in those other classes as well. As @Kiev749 said, you can always take it later in college (but with the subjects you gave us it isn’t likely to be a requirement anyway).

PrancingUrchin's avatar

@applesaucemanny, thanks for that xkcd. I hadn’t seen that in a while and it still brought back a laugh.

eambos's avatar

I would talk to my guidance counselor, or whoever you have to help you pick out classes. They have a lot of experience, so they know what colleges are looking for, and can help you make the best decision.

avalmez's avatar

never take a B when you can get an A is advice i was given (many years ago). the point is that lower grades significantly impact choices. so if physics is unappealling to the point you won’t apply yourself adequately and you don’t need it, then don’t take it now.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

My advice would be amiss, because physics was always my favourite subject at school. Physics will be a little useful with computers, as you should learn about electronics and properties of electricity. It won’t be very useful for dentistry.

SirBailey's avatar

As someone said, you need to talk to a Guidance Counselor about this. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT to take into consideration what the requirements are in the college you want to go to.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Drop it at 9.8m/s2. Oh wait, you won’t get that if you drop it.

Ivan's avatar

Physics is rather important in computers, depending on what particular area of computers you are interested in, of course.

julia999's avatar

Well, I’ve decided to keep doing Physics, I know if I apply myself I can do well, and my Physics teacher agreed.

Thank you all for your answers guys!

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

Physics is amazing. so no, in my opinion you shouldn’t. I’m a Physics major that specializes in experimental robotics, so I’m a bit bias. But still, Physics=win.

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