I definitely will be taking Linear Algebra and I'm using the book to gain command over Shankar's Principle's of Quantum Mechanics and J.J Sakurai's Quantum Mechanics. But more so, plenty of physical sciences use groups to explain theory, and so I truly believe a really strong foundation on the...
If I were to use an abstract algebra book for quick and easy reference which one would it be? Dummit and Foote is very cumulative, is there anything better in the market? And how long would it take to work out all of D + F for an average student with basic background in Algebra?
So I'm trying to understand this paper (found here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.3411) but my math skills are very limited.
These include:
-Groups (the very basics, like the first of Charles Pinter's book)
-Analysis (the very basics)
But what all books/papers/topics would you suggest I...
Just a shout out: I don't think the school you go to has any impact on how well an education you get; only you can guarantee that. Ultimately it appears that the quality of your research work matters, not your college grade from some well-reputed college. However, there comes tremendous respect...
I think it's NOT a good idea to get into theoretical physics without really experiencing it. Learn the math (derrivatives, integrals, vector calc, differential equations) and then grab a book and see if you like it. In fact, if you have no calculus background whatsoever and still want to do some...
Hi! I'll be covering the above book next semester and was wondering if there is anything I should be particularly aware of about thermal physics.
-aLearner
The thing about Newtonian mechanics is that it's skill base really requires you to intuitively think about the physical situation of the subject. It's one thing to be able to do all the math, which I believe you are capable of since you are getting an A in calc. But as far the actual problems...
well I've started on bcrowel's plan because a strong foundation in E&M is always helpful. Besides, if I can kill intro E&M and advanced E&M during the same semester, that says something. But I'll probably practice your advice once I get into the actual GR part of the project (hopefully 2 or so...
Wow I never knew that negru. Well, quantum gravity does sound interesting, but I'm just a sophomore undergrad who is interested in theory. School bores me, I prefer studying by my self at my own pace. But it is a lot easier to get help at school, which is why I prefer self studying at school on...
So I got As Bs Cs in my freshman courses. Pretty bad compared to how I did in school, but I got carried away with all the college stuff. So far I've only taken intro courses, and the real physics starts next term. So every intro course I did bad on I have a chance to do good on the advanced...
Well I can do single and multivariable calculus. I know some ODES and a little abstract algebra. Oh, and I know some linear algebra. especially square matrices and transformation matrices that I had to learn for a robotics read. I would really like to get advanced level math for GR, because I...
Well, so after some internet searching, this is what I got.
Calculus 1,2,3
ODEs
Linear Algebra
Introduction to Classical Mechanics
Introduction to electrodynamics
A General Relativity Workbook Thomas A. Moore
Introduction to Tensor Calculus, Relativity, and Cosmology Lawden
Tensor...
So this is purely for self-study purposes. Say I'm very keen on understanding GR well, but I don't even have the prerequisites done for even starting to grasp GR. Would anyone be able to give an outline of the skills necessary in understanding GR?
An outline would look something like this...
So here's a checklist from what I've collected from everyone's suggestions.
1) Read a section in the chapter.
2) Then, do the example problems for that section without looking at the solutions.
3) After that, look at the solution and see where you agree, but more importantly, where you differ...
Yes sir. Also, why do you think it is necessary to do every problem? Just so I have a logical reason.
And is there anything else with doing a lot of problems that I need to be doing in order to improve my understanding. It seems like doing problems is the only way to really physics.
Ok, this is a serious question. It seems like some experience will be lost if I don't do this, but like most self-study efforts, it's time consuming. Any suggestions?
So I've been wondering, how much of a subject do you study before you begin research on the subject? And how do you know when you're ready? Say that I'm working on general relativity. How do I:
1) Get really good on the subject?
2) Know when I'm ready to do research on the subject?
Also...
micromass, homeomorphic, and solstice, thank you for the advice. And thanks for the organizational list solstice fire. Yes, I do have Mary Baos' Mathematical Methods ! How could I not after Taylor brags about it in his book a lot! But anyway, I think thread got me my answers, see you all in...
So I really want to get good at mathematical physics. Below is a list of books I could get from various libraries, but I don't know which one's I should start with and which to do next and so on. I currently understand intro CM, EM, and QM. My math skills are very basic (ODES as of now). I thank...
Hi,
I'm currently a sophomore at college trying to perfect his understanding of classical mechanics. I finished Taylor's book a while ago, but now once again realized that I still don't understand mechanics all that well. So, I'm going to start from scratch. And dig deep, questioning...