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Best way of learning?

  1. Nov 17, 2010 #1
    I am trying to teach myself physics. I have been going through the book "physics for scientists and engineers" by serway and jewett and doing all the problems in the back of the book and comparing my answers with the solution manual. I also downloaded all the physics lecture from MIT and Yale. I know a good majority of the people here are much more experienced than I, so i ask, is this the best way to self teach yourself?
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  3. Nov 17, 2010 #2
    That's different from person to person, so you'll have to figure out what works for you. Doing a lot of problems is something that is pretty essential, but how you can set things up so that you have the motivation to do lots of problems is different from person to person.

    If you really want to learn physics (as opposed to problem solving using physics), what I find useful is to go to a library, open up a journal article and try to make sense of it.
  4. Nov 18, 2010 #3

    I'm taking Physics I, but I have never read a journal article. I don't even know where to begin...I'm at a large university, so they have a good selection. I'm interested in astrophysics but am studying the three fundamental principles. Could you point me in the right direction as to journals to find?
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