Your favorite science subject during high school?

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Is it physics, chemistry, or biology? My favorite is physics. Personally for me it's the easiest science subject among those three. How about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Originally Posted by Raz View Post

    Is it physics, chemistry, or biology? My favorite is physics. Personally for me it's the easiest science subject among those three. How about you?
    I went to school in England UK. We don't have things called High Schools. When you get to 11 you take a test and either go to a Grammar School or Secondary School, Grammar School was for kids with the highest scores. I went to a Secondary.

    Also, we had no Chemistry classes, just Physics and Biology. I was more interested in Physics than Biology and did pretty well in it. We also had gardening classes for the first year or so. My teacher had a poster on the wall done by a student. It read: "Plants grow by Inches but are killed by Feet" Yes, this was before we went metric.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Yes, this was before we went metric.
      I still remember the one week in third grade roughly 40 years ago when we studied the metric system. I remember Mrs. Boxler saying, "You guys really need to learn this because America will convert to the metric system before you're out of junior high school."

      When's the last time you bought a 1/3 meter sub from Subway?
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

        I still remember the one week in third grade roughly 40 years ago when we studied the metric system. I remember Mrs. Boxler saying, "You guys really need to learn this because America will convert to the metric system before you're out of junior high school."

        When's the last time you bought a 1/3 meter sub from Subway?
        And yet you use base ten in coinage, one hundred cents in a dollar etc. When I was a kid their was 144 pennies in a pound, crazy. It was for some reason easy to have that changed to 100 pence to a pound, we even had half new pence coins for a while but that soon got taken out of circulation. However, the measurement of centimeters for length and kilograms for weight was a more difficult pill to swallow. We had to make it illegal for stores to weigh out pounds and ounces and remove imperial weighing scales.

        The one time I really appreciated small measurements being in millimeters was when I was a printer and cut up paper and card to sizes using that scale. It made total sense and subsequently not difficult to convert too. But, I still would go into a sweet shop and ask for a quarter of this and half a pound of that. I have not changed in that respect. Even now, young store working people who never experienced imperial still seem to accommodate on that front. Still enough imperial memories and people who used them around but that will soon disappear in the UK and Europe.

        "5, 5 dollar, 5 dollar 30.48 centimeter long" does not sound right, lol.
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        Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

        I still remember the one week in third grade roughly 40 years ago when we studied the metric system. I remember Mrs. Boxler saying, "You guys really need to learn this because America will convert to the metric system before you're out of junior high school."
        My vocational teacher said the US would never change fully to the metric system because the old-timers in charge will resist change, especially if it costs money. Working in the automotive field since the mid 70's all US cars eventually switched to the metric system. Personally, I use a metric tape measure over a standard tape measure because fractions s*ck IMHO.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          My vocational teacher said the US would never change fully to the metric system because the old-timers in charge will resist change, especially if it costs money. Working in the automotive field since the mid 70's all US cars eventually switched to the metric system. Personally, I use a metric tape measure over a standard tape measure because fractions s*ck IMHO.
          My dad said basically the same thing when he saw my homework. "You'll only need that if you move to Europe." Then he probably spent the next hour rambling about Communism.
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          • Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

            My dad said basically the same thing when he saw my homework. "You'll only need that if you move to Europe." Then he probably spent the next hour rambling about Communism.
            Well? Did he ever convince you to become a communist?

            Talking about the metric system.....This is the funniest SNL skit of the entire show that night. You'll enjoy it, I'm sure.

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          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          My vocational teacher said the US would never change fully to the metric system because the old-timers in charge will resist change, especially if it costs money. Working in the automotive field since the mid 70's all US cars eventually switched to the metric system. Personally, I use a metric tape measure over a standard tape measure because fractions s*ck IMHO.
          That's because the parts to the cars were built all over the world. Basically the USA stuck with the emperial system of measurement because almost all of our capital equipment in the USA was built and design with parts standardized in emperial system. So it would have been far too expensive to switch over.

          Plus it gave the USA another way to be different from the rest of the world. When those differences where a part of what made living standard better in the USA. Now it's not necessarily better.The USA tends to just have more of everything.


          I don't remember any of the science stuff I learned in school I went to a private high school so we where still using typewriters to learn typing . the typing teacher was also the accounting teacher. And the same teacher taught the science subjects and I believe religious studies.

          I learned far more about chemistry and biology while I was working in food processing in my early 20s.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Yes, this was before we went metric.
      We haven't really gone metric - for most things that matter in everyday life, the imperial system still rules.

      Distances are still measured in inches, feet, yards and miles. Sports such as football, cricket, horse racing and others have kept to the traditional units of length. Road signs are in miles. Speed limits are in miles per hour. We speak of someone's height in feet and inches - and their weight in stones and pounds. People still use acres when describing land.

      We talk of a car's economy in miles per gallon. It's true that petrol (gas) stations display their prices per litre, but that's just to make them look slightly less extortionate than they actually are.

      And, of course, we still buy beer in pints in the pub and milk in pints at the grocers.

      It's just a pity we seem to have lost the bushel.
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      • Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post


        It's just a pity we seem to have lost the bushel.

        Mine still up for pecks.
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  • Profile picture of the author alex fankle
    My favorite subject is physics. For me it is the coolest science subject as compared to biology & chemistry. Other both subjects have 100% theory.
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  • Gotta figure GRAVITY is intrinsic to all the sciences.

    Physics kinda spins on the stuff, chemicals combine or repel without battin' an eyelid, an' biology favors attractional smoochie ovah most othah slooshins.

    Thing is, whatevah the gravitayshwnnl forces in alla these areahs, you can measure 'em anyways you like an' same will always be samah than arbitrary distintschwaahn.

    For sure, centimeters big up the numbahs bettah than inches on anythin' you wanna grab in yr hand or slip down yr throat, but when I shoppin' for zucchini in my local store, only two questions command my intrest:

    1) Will'n I incinerate this on sight the moment I combine its gloriously joosy vegetable length an' girth with any kinda RECIPE it is DOWN TO MOI to actschlly MANIFEST?

    2) Gotta get in here quick with this baby bcs natchrl watah retentschwaahn floppiness gonna rendah alla my Zero Culinary Dreems kinda visionary when the fkr wiltin' in muh hand bcs mortal.

    Yeah, so I wouild wish always for science to gravitate us maximally toward sum kinda myootchlly advantageous happnin' stuffs.

    Alternative is death by chaos or life by Play Us, I guess.

    (Where is Oziboomah, btw? Gotta figure he would make with trooly informative smarts 'bout a zucchini hurled boomerang style vs pulla the planet.)

    Gravity & orbits.

    A natchrlly pulsin' truth 'bout all stuffs makesya wanna leap up an' kiss out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ra Tube
    In the past, I found physics to be quite challenging, but there was a strong enthusiasm for conducting experiments in real life. I performed numerous experiments using the available resources. Now, I am a Chemical Engineer, and my interest in experimental work has continued to grow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moodesburn1977
    i liked chemistry because you got to do experiments, and there was a crazy teacher they called the doc, just like dr from back to the future lol
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  • Profile picture of the author max5ty
    I loved science in school...

    I took physics 1, 2, and 3. I also took quantum physics.

    Then in the second grade...
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    History

    I've always loved stories

    Stories are how humanity AS A SPECIES makes sense of its collective memory and expenses

    As I got older, I realized the power of HISTORY as a NARRATIVE

    When you talk to someone about History, a lot of the times, the FRAMING they choose and the TOPICS they dwell on says A LOT ABOUT:

    their personal politics
    how they think things should be
    their ideas about HUMAN NATURE
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      When you talk to someone about History, a lot of the times, the FRAMING they choose and the TOPICS they dwell on says A LOT ABOUT:

      their personal politics
      how they think things should be
      their ideas about HUMAN NATURE
      Politics are strictly forbidden in any way, shape, or form. No exceptions !!

      J/K
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  • Profile picture of the author sumitnirala
    My favorite subject was Organic Chemistry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moodesburn1977
    It would have to be chemistry, he was a bit mad, he was might to be teaching but loved experiemnts, a bit like hm from back to the future, he told me he want to build a time machine lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by Moodesburn1977 View Post

      It would have to be chemistry, he was a bit mad, he was might to be teaching but loved experiemnts, a bit like hm from back to the future, he told me he want to build a time machine lol
      He sounds like the teacher I had in 2064.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Your favorite science subject during high school?
    Come on! Ask a real question. The answer for me is zero. Nada. None. Never. LOL

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Physics.

    Biology was interesting, but I hated dissecting frogs and other little animals.

    I think my interest in science was because I could study science without much social interaction, and I had a science teacher, Mister Snyder, that was a gifted teacher.

    I think the teacher has a lot to do with whether you are interested in a subject or not.

    He would give us a science question an then say "Work it out". He wanted to know our thought process, how we used what we already knew. He was the one who got me interested in logic and rational thinking.

    It wasn't just "read and memorize" with him. He taught us how to reason. And I'll forever be grateful to him.
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      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      Physics.

      Biology was interesting, but I hated dissecting frogs and other little animals.

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      Give me a break, Claude. We know you took delight in torturing those cats and dogs back in your psychopathic youth
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Give me a break, Claude. We know you took delight in torturing those cats and dogs back in your psychopathic youth
        You're joking, but I never enjoyed any violent acts. When I was a little kid and others used magnifying glass to burn ants, I thought it was cruel....and nonsensical.

        Even sports. I remember telling the wrestling coach (He told me I could be great at it), that I thought trying to hurt the other guy, or even beat him, was unproductive use of strength.

        To me, animals, especially mammals, are just different versions of us. They have the same emotions, instincts, senses, and fears of death.

        When I was a 20 year old, I worked at a hospital, in their animal lab. I fed the dogs and let the dogs out for exercise. These animals were used for experiments and training in medical procedures. I lasted a month. Every day was spent with animals that were in pain, because of what we did to them.

        My Dad and all my uncles were really into guns and hunting. My dad would take me and my brother out to hunt with them. Neither my brother no I wanted to shoot an animal. My brother did it to fit in, but it really bothered him. I told my Dad when we were alone that I wasn't going to shoot an animal, that I thought it was cruel

        He understood, and promised me I could hunt with them, but would never have to shoot.

        I really appreciated that.

        A few days ago, I was talking to a neighbor. A really nice man from Sweden. He told me how he would trap the chipmunks in his back yard, and let them loose in the nearby woods. Our neighborhood is thick with squirrels and chipmunks. All our back yards are really just woods with a creek.

        I laughed a little and confessed that my wife and I feed the chipmunks in our yard. We buy bags of walnuts, and sprinkle them in the back yard. when we (and our cats) watch the critters (and one lone groundhog) eat the nuts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hina zaib
    I'd have enjoyed biology. Learning about the complexities of life and how organisms function at a cellular and molecular level seems fascinating.
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    Biology Hands Down!
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Mine was alchemy.

    It's been a while.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Mine was alchemy.

      It's been a while.
      I was always complaining to my chemistry teacher about something. I turned water into whine.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        I was always complaining to my chemistry teacher about something. I turned water into urine.
        Fixed that for you
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        • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
          Originally Posted by discrat View Post

          Fixed that for you
          I never got on with my chemistry teacher, we just had no...er...rapport
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          • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
            Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

            I never got on with my chemistry teacher, we just had no...er...rapport
            You mean ill repute
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          • Profile picture of the author discrat
            Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

            I never got on with my chemistry teacher
            I hope not , that should remain private
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            • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
              Originally Posted by discrat View Post

              I hope not , that should remain private
              The class mixers we had just stirred up trouble. Mr Bunsen (the teacher) used to flame me with various accusations. I was emotionally burned. It was a toxic environment and we often had to vacate the classroom because the air was poisoned with his fuming rage.

              The headmaster, Mr Hazmat, always had to intervene to clean up and diffuse the situation. He often got his fingers burned by Bunsen, so, eventually he fired him. True story.
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    • Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Mine was alchemy.

      It's been a while.
      *sigh*

      Anothah blouse ruined ...
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  • Profile picture of the author amna faiz
    biology.all time favorite
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    I took a class in Temporal Mechanics but ended up repeating it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      I took a class in Temporal Mechanics but ended up repeating it.

      I always thought temporal mechanics made us lose our tempor, because the subject was so frustrating.

      I'm totally cereal.
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        [QUOTE=Claude Whitacre;11792583]I always thought temporal mechanics made us lose our tempor, because the subject was so frustrating.

        I'm totally cereal.[/QUOTE

        The above line that I wrote for you was from one of my budget, economy packages.
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          [quote=lanfear63;11792585]
          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          I always thought temporal mechanics made us lose our tempor, because the subject was so frustrating.

          I'm totally cereal.[/QUOTE

          The above line that I wrote for you was from one of my budget, economy packages.
          Now that you mention it, my joke did have a strong Mark vibe.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

    I always thought temporal mechanics made us lose our tempor, because the subject was so frustrating.

    I'm totally cereal.
    Lol, geese Cluade have you watched Star Trek Voyager, haven't you?

    I get the Cruelty animal thing, l watched The Fly II, (put the dog in etc.).
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  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    computer science coz i found a way to bypass the school's monitoring software and i just spent my time playing duke nukem 3d with friends.
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  • Profile picture of the author simhakidsden
    My favourite science subject in high school was biology.
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  • Profile picture of the author diana popova
    Banned
    Mine was Literature.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by diana popova View Post

      Mine was Literature.
      One of the sciences then?
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  • Profile picture of the author impvuid
    Physics has always been my favorite subject, and Mathematics comes a close second. During my O-Level and A-Level studies, I achieved the highest marks in these subjects. My profound love for Physics ultimately led me to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Daniel M
    That's great to hear that you enjoy physics! It's fascinating how different people find certain sciences easier or more interesting than others. Personally, I have a deep appreciation for all three sciences. Physics is incredible because it helps us understand the fundamental principles that govern the universe, from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. Chemistry is fascinating with its focus on the composition, structure, and properties of matter, and how substances interact and change.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Daniel M
    I Love Chemistry More than Physics
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  • Profile picture of the author kevingoodson
    Chemistry is my favorite subject during that period. Another subject I read and studied but was not interested. I want to do PhD in chemistry subject but do not have that much time as it is still pending.
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