Top 10 Hardest Physics TopicsHere's a list where you can vote for the physics topics you find most mind-bending. From Quantum Mechanics to Electromagnetism, weigh in on what you think deserves to be at the top of this daunting list.
Well, Niels Bohr said that anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Quantum mechanics is fascinating, but I know that even the greatest minds find it challenging. I love quantum mechanics, from Heisenberg to Schrödinger.
I love physics, but some of its laws are just too hard. The best example is quantum mechanics. You have to narrow your mind to understand it. It's okay to say that it's a very interesting topic.
Quantum physics is the toughest field of physics. Second comes work, force, pressure, and energy, and third comes motion.
Classical mechanics and fluid mechanics were pretty interesting compared to this. Electromagnetism can get quite monotonous. It involves all kinds of directions and lengthy calculations, which we did without a calculator. It just made sure that we don't find this interesting.
It took time and patience to learn this properly, and even then, I'm confused about when to use the Left-Hand Rule and when to use the Right-Hand Rule. But it's more interesting than any other topic, definitely.
EM is the basis of almost everything, yet there are not too many good professors who can teach it in an intuitive manner. So it's definitely the hardest topic, hands down!
Projectile motion, while being one of the first things students learn in physics, is actually one of the most difficult to grasp and enigmatic subjects in the entirety of physics. Richard Feynman once said, "Projectile motion. A topic of immense importance and of utter confusion. If you throw a ball with a known initial velocity, and you know something about the medium it travels through as well as gravity, you can know exactly where it will land. How in the world does this work? It is enigmatic." The true mysteries of projectile motion have yet to be discovered and can only be postulated based on today's research.
I struggled so much with projectile motion. I think it must be one of the hardest things, besides Newton's First Law. Maxwell's Equations were wicked easy, though. I don't understand why we don't start with those.
Projectile motion is not hard. It's fairly easy. I would say quantum mechanics is the hardest.
One of the most specialized areas in all of physics. I've nailed most of physics and love it, but string theory just drives me in all directions! Despite this, it's still awesome, even though it's entirely mathematical and hasn't been tested yet.
How does this not top the list? The amount of mathematical rigor needed to even begin understanding this is at a master's or Ph.D. level in theoretical or mathematical physics. This is completely outside the learning experience even for people who study pure physics.
I don't think this needs a description. It is notoriously difficult. It is definitely more complex and difficult than any other topics on this list.
Indeed, Einstein's field equations are difficult to understand. I will just say that they're not even included in the mandatory part of a regular physics degree (special relativity is), because to grasp the numerous concepts they contain, you require many other advanced subjects first: tensor calculus, partial differential equations (which come after ordinary differential equations), special relativity, and also a very good understanding of waves (i.e., harmonic oscillators and vibrations, electromagnetism, optics). So, you may understand Wikipedia's general relativity website, but to fully comprehend the equations and their implications is another story.
It is a very interesting topic to learn, but also very confusing at times. It's the hardest of any other theory of relativity. You can't learn it just by reading. You need to see animations to get a glimpse of what's happening, unlike many other topics in physics.
This topic has always made me suffer in physics. The rest of the topics mentioned are quite easy. This is not a topic in modern physics. Slope problems are extremely easy.
It's actually not difficult if you love the amazing world of physics. Then it's certainly not difficult. Trust me, it's great.
It is interesting.
The interaction between objects is known as force. It may be a push or a pull. It depends on the nature of the interacting objects.
Rocket science is very hard!
You know the saying.
What you need is imagination and patience. If you have these, you're on the right track.
Fascinating young topic.
Just think about it.
I would argue that this one is as hard as quantum mechanics. But thankfully, the equations aren't that hard. Still failed at this, though.
The first law is wrong.
Most horrifying and crazy of all!
Why can't it be on top when it can't be found out?
Waste of reading time.
There's so much out there that even college can't cover it all. It's something amazing if enjoyed and studied well, but it can be tricky!
What's the meaning?
Once understood, nothing can stop you.
Actually, this is vast yet very easy if you use the laws in a practical manner, like Maxwell's laws, Fleming's law, Ohm's law, etc. First, understand the concept and try it practically. It will sink into your brain.
They are a bit difficult.