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  •  Wish I'd taken Chem (6+ / 0-)

    as well as or instead of Physics, but it always conflicted with the schedules of other classes (I think mostly my German classes, which I took mainly to have something in common with my mother who was full German though she was born in NJ).

    My oldest niece and her husband pushed both their daughters towards studies in sciences (my oldest great-niece is now majoring in Environmental Science at CSU-Monterey Bay) because as liberal arts majors, they want their kids to support them in their old age. ;-) If I could get a time machine, I'd go back and tell the 15 year old me to ignore the "friends" who said that boys aren't interested in girls who are smart, and to take more math and science classes.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:23:11 PM PDT

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    •  I took 6 years of German in public school (4+ / 0-)

      But never really used it. I was fortunate to go to an all-girls public high school, so being a 'smart' girl wasn't as much of a problem. (I'm a big fan of single sex education) My problem mostly came from family members, with one uncle telling me I should get married instead of taking a man's place in med school. Yeah, he's a pig.

      Keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.---Molly Ivins

      by never forget 2000 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:39:13 PM PDT

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    •  I LOVED physics (2+ / 0-)
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      never forget 2000, kyril

      biology was fun (if a lot of memorization), but chemistry didn't make very much sense.

      I'd love to take some exploratory math and science classes as an adult, just for the fun of it.

      •  You should :) (1+ / 0-)
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        Gator Keyfitz

        Astronomy is a fun one to start with, especially if you liked physics. Intro astronomy classes usually do a lot of history of science, some observation, and some mild physics - they're usually more focused on concepts than on math, so no need to worry if you're rusty.

        Geology is also great. Usually involves field trips to some really gorgeous places.

        Some schools offer an exploratory marine biology class for non-majors, and those can also be really enjoyable (and also involve great field trips). A few places offer physics or chemistry for non-science majors, but those aren't usually very satisfying.

        A couple other less-well-known options include biological anthropology (fascinating) and environmental science (may or may not tell you anything you don't already know). You might be able to find a survey course in climate science/climate change or similar, which might be interesting, but unfortunately it's a subject that's very difficult to treat properly without some advanced math, so the courses can feel even more unsatisfying than physics and chem.

        Beyond that, you're looking at 'serious' freshman science classes for potential majors. Bio is pretty accessible, but chem and physics might require you to refresh your math skills.

        "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

        by kyril on Thu May 23, 2013 at 05:51:02 PM PDT

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