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Members of SS, please teach me...

Like, advanced math, english, science, philosophy or something! I'm sick of learning the same thing every year. I wanna do calculus, discuss hyperbolas and paradoxes, I want to know something about chemistry and physics, I want to discuss religion/education and other things without making logical fallacies! They won't teach me, can you?

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If you want a basic summary of high school physics or chemistry in a brief and simple format, check out this book and this book.

If you find that those books are hard to understand, then you need to sort out the basics first and for very basic physics you can go here .

Basically for physics first make sure you know how basic motion works. Learn Isaac Newton's 3 laws of motion. Also, learn the relationship between speed, distance and time(calculating velocity). Once you know that, learn how to calculate acceleration. Then learn some of the basics of electricity, including "Ohm's Law"(just the very basics).

Once you've done all of that, you should be able to understand the book I posted above.

If you want to learn some interesting physics by skipping all the basic stuff, find a book that explains Einstein's work in a very simple way. That's what got me interested at a younger age. In other words, read about "Special Relativity".

For chemistry, I don't know much because I fail it miserably. However, the book above is a good source for beginners.
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Pieman shall get yah some phillosophy, good sir.

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Here are video lectures from entire college courses: http://wiki.school-survival.net/Web_Lectures
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Philosophy Delivered.

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You guys are awesome. Since your helping me so much within about 9 hours of the first post, I think I'll give something back.


Full of great simulations for science I bring to you http://phet.colorado.edu

Ohm's Law, I=V/R? Where voltage is V and resistance is R. Before I check, is I current? Yes it is!

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For philosophy, go to your local bookstore/library/landfill and find a copy of Plato's Republic.
The very foundation of Western philosophy.

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Weswammy Wrote:For philosophy, go to your local bookstore/library/landfill and find a copy of Plato's Republic.
The very foundation of Western philosophy.
http://www.e-text.org/text/Plato%20-%20Republic.pdf
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You guys are awesome... I'll check these out... Saturday... Tonight I have KH, tomorrow I have Japanese and the day after I have scouts. How busy my life has become...

Oh yeah... Um... Embarrassed, how exactly do I study? I've never done it before...

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What is "studying"? This is a strange concept to me. You read, you learn, you remember. There is no "study". Razz

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SoulRiser Wrote:What is "studying"? This is a strange concept to me. You read, you learn, you remember. There is no "study". Razz
Actually, you just defined studying. There's nothing wrong with studying, but people need to pace themselves. Especially if school's in the way of your free time. Having school and your personal studies really gets in the way of your personal studies. School's like a monster.

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Fair enough, I'm just a little confused. Never felt the need to do it. Always straight A's without trying.

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I don't like the word "study" much either. In my mind I call it "learning", "mastering" etc. Or I might think "Time to pwn some physics and master it". I actually think like that because calling it "studying" turns me off and makes it seem boring.
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Studying usually implies memorization, and maybe if material is presented in a really interesting way, you don't have to "memorize" so much...

But I'd say some things require "studying", unless you're exceptionally talented. Foreign languages? Calculus? These things take some intensive practice, for most people.
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I don't study at all and yet I'm keeping up with TAFE level Japanese. Stop making foreign languages out as being hard. They're not.

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It really varies between people. Some people struggle horribly with spelling, some people can just spell well. Some people absorb foreign languages effortlessly, some people really struggle with it. Maybe my biggest problem with foreign language learning is with focus and sustained attention. But I've had to really push myself to learn the minimal amount of Spanish I know, for example, despite being around it a lot, really wanting to learn, and having access to quite a few learning materials.

My problem could even be called laziness, but for me, it's hard.
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