The title's pretty much self-explanatory. I'm totally new to Physics. I know absolutely nothing about Physics and I've never picked up a physics textbook before. What better way then to come into a Physics Forum! I'm currently in 8th grade and going into 9th grade. I was inspired to start Physics by my parents because, well, because they said that math would be a good foundation for physics.I was afraid that I was a bit too late to start really focusing on Physics and get all the way to the Olympiad levels but better late than never! I've got tons of questions going through my mind about Physics competitions, books, etc... so I'll just give a list of the things on my mind. 1) When do people usually start Physics? Is 9th grade a little to late to start preparing for Olympiads? 2) How do Olympiad Physics contenders prepare for Olympiads? Do they read books? If so, do they read high school textbooks? 3) Can you give me a list of books from absolute beginning level to advanced. Preferably a pdf. 4) How should I study? 5) What kind of competitions are there in Physics? I know I sounded like an absolute noob but I just need a few good advices to get myself started. I'm really determined so I hope you guys could give me some detailed answers and help me. Thanks so much.