How do I focus on physics

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I'm writing a physics exam in a month and I'm slowly panicking. Since I voted out physics after the 10th grade, I don't have a clue about it! My main problem with learning is simply that I understand the relationships and facts quite well for the most part, but cannot handle the formulas. Unfortunately, that's what matters in the exam. :-( I just can't deal with the symbols and numbers and all that nonsense!
I would be happy if someone could tell me about their experiences who felt the same way as I did (and who got through, of course ;-))


Hi !
Physics is a stupid subject to study if you don't like it, I still don't know how I got the certificate ...
It is like many things that are still to come: stubborn memorization!
There is a little consolation in physics: you really need some of it again for physiology!
My tip: learn the most important formulas and quantities and otherwise try to understand more with (derive the things for yourself) - it often brings more than just learning by heart!

Good luck ! :-opinion

Since I don't know what your exams look like, I can only advise you in general.

1. Formally torturing. You just have to.
2. Look at old exams and do it until you vomit. There are usually similar questions. We have calculated as many as possible. The questions simply repeat themselves.

Hi guys!

I am a physicist and did my physics degree in medicine last summer. Maybe I can't really have my say because I never had to take the "Physics for Medicines" certificate, but I can only say:
You can memorize what, where and when you want, but in physics this is absolutely forbidden - almost a taboo.

Nobody is helped if you know the viscosity of glycol or if you have a hodgepodge of formulas without knowing what they are for. I don't think any physicist is that nasty and wants to know from you whether there is 4 / Pi, 8 / Pi or 145 / Pi in front of Hagen-Poiseuille - after all, that doesn't matter. To have realized that with a liquid that is twice as viscous (viscous) you also need twice the pressure to push it "quickly" through a tube is worth a thousand times more.

Working through previous exams is very useful, but here the focus should not be placed on the pure calculation method (..then you have to insert that into the formula and convert and multiply here ..), but you should make it clear - or have someone explain - what because it happens clearly and with which methods you can approach such a problem - that can even go faster overall, because you then kill several birds (tasks) with one swap.

From my point of view, we can also discuss some specific tasks in the forum.

If you only rely on the recognition value of a task, it is too easy to lay back on your feet if the task is varied only minimally.

Good luck with your exams


Hi Alex !

As for the questions in the Physikum in physics, you are right - they can often be solved with logic and common sense.
The questions in the exams are often tricky! Unfortunately, things are asked that you will never need again.

If you have studied physics, then surely because you are interested. Those who study medicine are mostly tormented by physics and chemistry (here especially inorganic science), especially since the lessons in upper school are often not as good as they are should !

For most medical students, the following really applies: close your eyes, memorize and hopefully pass!


Hello Janine!
I felt the same way as you, and so I made a large piece of paper and wrote down all the formulas, and then explained each one to myself what exactly everything meant. I found it particularly difficult to assign the letters (F, A, g, w, etc.) and to deal with the corresponding units, but then I was in a good mood. Then I met with 3 similar "physics rivets" :-) and we explained the tasks to each other, depending on who understood them, and if no one understood them, we puzzled together. That brought a lot more than stubborn memorization and pure old exam calculation! Because our exam had relatively little in common with old ones. Still we did it well! So don't let yourself be disturbed, everything can be done! Good luck!


Getting the certificate was not particularly difficult during our internship (in Giessen) because (as already mentioned) you only had to work through the old exams, be able to use the formulas and acquire a certain understanding.

I consider the Physikums physics tasks to be much more difficult, because I am a real arithmetician and unfortunately you have to compute quite complex tasks. Annoying that ...

Kind regards

But then the internship changed a lot. For us that was still one of the stumbling blocks. And as for the questions in the Physikum. For the most part, they are really quite simple, since only eternal repetition and one two new abstruse things to learn makes no sense at all.

And as for our physicist:

That is exactly what is required. You have to know whether 1/4 1/8 or 1/16. Of course, with a little interest and understanding, you can achieve a lot and also more easily. But most of them don't. So there's nothing else left to do.


I just wanted to say briefly that I am making progress in physics. I put the textbook aside and concentrate fully on the internship and the old exams. Of course, memorizing the formulas sounds a bit stupid. At the beginning I also tried to just memorize all the formulas that I had to write on a sheet of paper. That did not work. For me, the only real thing is to use the formulas. So I take the old exams and look at the solutions. When I find a similar task later, I know "hey, that was something with ..." and on the third (or fourth) attempt it usually works.

Compared to chemistry, physics is actually a piece of cake. Much less material, less formulas, less factual knowledge ...

You see. We wish you continued success.

Hello Janine!

I don't want to scare you, but personally I found chemistry pretty hard too!
Above all, you will never need a lot of the physics internship again.
A lot of chemistry comes back to biochemistry and pharmacology. All these functional groups, who reacts with whom and why in one way and no other .....
I just found chemistry easier to learn than physics.

Cheer up, you can handle it! : -love

Thanks for the encouraging words. When I opened the (that?) Thread, I was probably in a little crisis. I've noticed that this happens every now and then. Then I put my hands over my head and wonder if I will ever pass the exams.
When I'm stuck in such a valley, nothing helps but to occupy myself with something else. It is also very motivating when you slowly but surely make progress where you previously believed that you would never be able to do it. I always try to explain that to people who are like me.
But first wait ... in the end they only ask about the things I haven't learned and then I look old. :-D

Here in the forum you can also talk about such things ...
Everyone has had lows here before! :-)

That's true Janine. When you first see things in context, learning is even gradually fun. As long as you also do something else to distract you.

Hi Janine,

When I read your question it felt like I read my own. I think I have a problem similar to yours.
I understand physics very well, I always make good progress on a new topic, but when the formula for something comes up at some point, I just get stuck. Then I don't understand anything anymore. I neither know the formula by heart, nor can I somehow derive or transform it ..........
Well, actually I've been cheating my way through all these months (doing my physics soon). Stubbornly crammed the formula and did tasks until I passed. But often I don't have as much time as I need. Then only think, think and think logically again.

Hope to have helped you with it.


14 years later and the students still have the same problem ...: -oopss: D

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