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Undergrad Theoretical Physics/Astrophysics Books 
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#19
Jul1809, 12:33 PM

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Will I need to know anything other than calculus, trigonometry, geometry and algebra for the books you mentioned? 


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#21
Jul1809, 04:45 PM

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I'm a mechanical engineering student hoping to get to grad school for physics. I've been selfstudying.
I have these books: Physics by Alonso & Finn Mathematical Methods by Boas Classical Mechanics by Taylor Thermo and Stat Mech. by Stowe E & M by surprise...Griffiths QM by Shankar 


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#23
Jul2409, 03:27 PM

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Will I need analytical geometry for any of this? Is this a good guide in the sequence of learning math for physics? http://superstringtheory.com/math/index.html



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#25
Aug1109, 11:33 PM

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I don't know if you're just looking for textbooks, but i've picked up good particle/theoretical physics books just as a free read to kind of get you used to the history/how things came to be/how things stand now. Here are some:
The Theory of Almost Everything by Robert Oerter (Particle physics, mostly modern ideas) Dark Cosmos by Dan Hooper (Dark Energy/Dark Matter) Nature's Blueprint by Dan Hooper (good intro to particle physics; how the particles were found and how the Standard Model came to be) Collider by Paul Halpern (currently reading, really good history of accelerators/colliders as well as modern theorys ad models) Enjoy! 


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Aug1609, 11:15 PM

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I have just finished all of the calculus before Stewart's multicalculus book. I have just ordered it and I was wondering what physics to learn after. I decided to get a first year physics book but after that I'm not sure what to get, should I just learn linear algebra and then go into electrodynamics?



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Aug2809, 01:58 AM

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If you really wanna learn physics, start out with freshman calculus based text.
I personally think that Serway and Jewett book "Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics" is the best. Two follow close behind: Young and Friedman's "University Physics" and Halliday and Resnick "Fundamentals of Physics (Extended)" Dont confuse Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals with the one title just "Physics." So people seem to think the "Physics" series is more rigorous, my opinion is that it isnt more rigourous, just less flashy and straight to the point. This may be a good thing if you kinda know your **** already. But if you are just beginning, your better off getting a book thats actually interesting to look at and interesting to ready. This is why I recommend Serway and Jewett, Young and Friedman and Fundamentals from Halliday and Resnick. 


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Aug2809, 02:02 AM

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If you just want to learn about relativity without going through a whole physics textbook thats meant to be covered in a year and a half of college courses then I would suggest
"Death by Blackhole" by Neil Degrasse Tyson. Its not about relativity specifically but it is a very well written, very informative book on Astrophysics which gets into relativity. No math required but very informative. "The Mathematics of Relativity For The Rest of Us" by an M.D. named Jagerman is probably the most straight forward relativity book out there and it only requires basic calculus. 


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