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Anyone can help me where i can start to learn physics and make something interesting?

hi everyone, i'm student at college, i like physics very much so i like this website too but i'm studing IT.
You can call me john, i am a new member, i see projects that people posted to this website, there are some interesting projects that i really want to make, but i can't because i don't know where to start and make a project. If you can give me some advices and documents about physics, circuit, it mean so much to me thanks everyone. i look forward to receiving message from you soon.

bwrussell5 years ago
Welcome to Instructables John.

Your at college. Take a physics course. Or get involved in the physics or engineering departments. Engineering especially should have some opportunities for you to possibly help on extracurricular projects and groups. Some of these groups would probably be willing to take on an interested non-major, and who knows, maybe you'll decide to join us on the dark side and switch your major.

If you find a project you like but is to complicated for you right now try breaking it down. An example out of nowhere: Say you wanted to build an autonomous LED traffic light. First find a simple LED project that teaches you the basics of LED circuits. Then find a simple microcontroller project to learn automation. Now find a simple LED microcontroller project. Finally combined everything you learned from those projects to build the original.

Also feel free to ask any questions you encounter, as long as you've done a simple search of Instructables and Google. Just don't ask this "I want to make X. Can anybody tell me how to do it?" Instead ask "I'm trying to make X but when I try to do it Y happens. Anybody know how to fix this?". People here love to help but they are less receptive and helpful when you don't put any effort in first.
laserjocky5 years ago
Physics classes are invaluable, and colleges have TONS of conceptual physics courses for people just like you that might not have either the math background or the sheer bullheadedness to attempt a physics degree. However, in my experience I don't truly understand something unless I play with it outside of the classroom. Unless you're working with something dangerous, like high voltage electricity, tinkering is really the best way to learn about physics. If you're curious about electronics, go to radio shack and buy some basic tools and be prepared to accidentally fry a few things on your way to understanding. Be prepared to drop some money occasionally, and definitely be prepared for unexpected results. This site is the place to be for people like us, and I'm sure you'll be posting your own Instructables in no time :)
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rickharris5 years ago
Hi John,

To be honest School is by far the best place to learn Physics, partly because if you want to use it in the future you will need the qualifications partly because they should have the equipment you may need to do experiments.

Generally with a project there should be enough information for you to follow step by step. The process is a learning one any way - as you find things you don't know you look them up or deduce the answer and move on from there.

As always start with something simple and build up to the more complex (attractive) things.

I started as a child building model air craft that taught me a lot about building, wood and plastics, shape and form, light and aeronautics and later electronics and radio control.

From what you say it may be Engineering you should study rather than the physics although the principles go hand in hand.

iceng5 years ago
How are you doing in college ?
Do the simpler projects some of our members are
engineers and more then willing to answer your comments
you may ask, but first see if it is already an ible before people
think you are lazy.

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