A nice little diddly for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQC3dBWS_FE

A lot of people have asked me if taking the honors track (PHYS 160s compared to PHYS 150s) for physics is really worth it. I would definitely say that it depends on what you’re looking for!

Let me preface this by saying that, as a mechanical engineer, I really love mechanics. I know, crazy right? So when I chose to take the honors track, I was excited.

And it was a really good class! Professor Bickers is one the nicest and most helpful professors you could ask for. He also teaches both 161 and 162, which was appealing to me because of the possibility of recommendation letters.

Honors physics deals more with theory than with actual applications, so if that’s something you’re interested in, then definitely go for it! Just remember that it is a USC class, so it won’t be a walk in the park. And you’ll go into office hours. A lot. So be prepared.

There’s also more higher math applied in the 160s classes than the 150s classes, and if you’re a math nerd like me, it’s really cool to see the cross-over and realize that what we learn is actually useful. I know this is quite a change from high school, where almost everything you learn you don’t know why you’re learning it, but I’m telling you, it’s helpful! Pay attention in those calculus classes!

If you have any more questions about this, please ask me! I am happy to clear up and confusion.


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