Here we collect 10 essential physics problems to get you thinking before you embark on your degree. We recommend that you try them over the summer before starting university and give an explanation of why they will be useful to you.
These problems will give you a good mathematical grounding in the topics likely to arise in your degree course.
Remember, these problems are designed to make you think and there is not necessarily a 'right' answer. Approach them in a thoughtful way; it is hoped that they are both interesting and stimulating. What questions do they raise in you mind? Where do these questions lead you? Take them to a level that feels comfortable for you.
Finally, once you have done the problems, study the solutions. These will give you additional insights into the problems and the underlying mathematics and science.
A key topic at university is electromagnetism. You can find out more about this area of physics by working through our article. More than just a very useful read, it is interspersed with small problems to provide maximum learning impact. So, get a paper and pencil and click here to get started.