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Best books for undergraduate physics

  1. Sep 10, 2017 #1
    I'm starting an undergraduate degree in physics on Friday (after a gap year and with a foundation year). What are the best books for undergraduate physics please (we don't have a reading list for first year) :)

    And what are some general physics books I might be interested in (I recently bought an audiobook called 'Astrophysics for people on a hurry' by Niel de Grasse Tyson) and I like any books by Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalilli, and Richard Feynman. :)
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  3. Sep 10, 2017 #2


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    A good standard book is Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday and Resnick. And for a physics major, I guess that Feynman's Lectures on Physics is something that you should at least be aware of. There is a free copy on-line at http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
  4. Sep 11, 2017 #3
    I have been using Feynman's Lectures, yes :)

    Thanks :)
  5. Sep 11, 2017 #4
    Similar to the Halliday, Resnick, and Walker books, the Serway and Jewett Physics for Scientists and Engineers is good as well.
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