Why Physics is Difficult?

Overcoming your Physics complexity

What makes physics difficult?
Many students think and say, “Physics is difficult.” A major student-related factor, such as not studying more have the most influence on student’s success in physics. Students find physics difficult because they have to compete against different representations such as experiments, formulas and calculations, graphs, and conceptual explanations at the same time.
Physics is cumulative. If you miss one concept, it is hard to grasp the next one
Physics is very abstract
Physics requires good mathematics
Physics has theory & formulas to be learned
Physics cannot be learned without mathematics background
Physics as a discipline requires students to make use of a variety of methods of understanding and to translate from one to the other-words, tables of numbers, graphs, equations, diagrams, maps. Physics requires the ability to use algebra and geometry and to go from the specific to the general and back. This is what makes learning physics difficult for students. One of the many reasons that could lead to student’s downfall in Physics are:

Lack of enthusiasm and interest and not studying more
Not reading the textbook and practicing many problems
Working only assigned problems and not doing homework
Lack of prior experience and physics background
Lack of higher level mathematics

Faculty’s Role

Student’s views about physics and their difficulties of understanding need to be realized by faculty.
Each aspect of training, i.e., preparing and employing the course curriculum, choosing the right course textbooks, class-work, home-work, MCQs testing need to be designed having student’s views about their difficulties.
Faculties need to maintain consistency between student’s lab experience/tutorial sections/lecture and homework.
Provide student with enough examples, real life applications, and problem solving particularly conceptual questions in class
Relate to MHT-CET difficulty level questioning with what student solve in the class