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- CarolOklaNolaLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
No, .most students do NOT understand them. Most students do NOT understand inertial frames of reference, coordinate systems, the concept of scale" of size, time dilation, the concepts of "relativity" and "objectivity" or critical, logical thinking, special relativity and general relativity.

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- Jim MoorLv 72 months ago
"most students" implies ALL students, so no they wouldn't.

All physics students: no, most are studying basic concepts.

But if you say most 'physics major students', I would think most of them end up studying relativity and understand it quite well.

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- Anonymous2 months ago
Most students don't !!!

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- 2 months ago
Given Albert Einstein had such a high IQ relative to the average human, even though IQ measurement is not a very good measure of actual intelligence, it is a reasonable measure of logical understanding.....an IQ and a level of understanding, which i would estimate is considerably above that of "most" students.....so my answer would be no they don't

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- TomLv 42 months ago
No. They just pretend to so that they can pass it, and not have to deal with it any more.

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- NONAMELv 72 months ago
no,..no one understands this stuff...we just get a baby version of it and go Ohhh ooo wow.. what a universe

- nebLv 72 months agoReport
Of course physicists understand the field equations.

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- AmyLv 72 months ago
Most students have never encountered them. I for one only got as far as special relativity.

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- DixonLv 72 months ago
I think students that get to actually study them as part of a physics degree will understand them. I've not studied them myself but my impression is that the mathematics is horrendous to solve but understanding what the equations mean is relatively ok. You could say much the same about Maxwell's equations for electromagnetism.

IMHO the mind melters are really Special Relativity and QM. After that you are pretty much prepared to accept anything.

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- Anonymous2 months ago
No. Students is an extremely broad term. Anyone who studies anything at all is a student. Hillbillies out in the middle of nowhere, who won't ever even learn basic math but study wildlife around them, are students. Schoolkids under high school age are pretty much guaranteed to know nothing about physics.

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