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**Electricity & Magnetism, Thermo + Quantum Mechanics?**

Hi! I've recently completed my first semester of college and it's offered me some insights. For example... the world is three-dimensional and, as such, multidimensional calculus exists!

I managed to somehow survive Honors Mechanics but it made me realize something: I don't know jack about Physics or Math. Anywho, right now I really want to tackle on EM (Purcell), Thermo (Giancoli or Resnick-Halliday-Krane) & QM (Griffiths). From the looks of it, it seems like EM requires Multi, Lin Alg & Diff EQs. If anyone would like to add onto the list, please do.

As for QM & Thermo, I have the following questions:

- What Physics/Math background should I build up before learning QM?

- For Thermo?

- Is it appropriate to do EM & QM simultaneously?

- Can the Oxtoby's Principle of Modern Chemistry enrich the study of QM and/or Thermo, or would it simply be redundant?

My background:

- Honors Mechanics + Waves. (Kleppner & Kolenkow + AP French) We didn't get to covering Non-Inertial Frames, Relativity or Fluid Dynamics and the treatment of Waves was really poor.

- Multivariable Calculus (Stewart). It was a mellow introduction (which isn't bad given how difficult it was for me to grapple with Physics that semester...) but certainly not rigorous. My professor recommended Spivak.

- Some basic Lin. Algebra (computational, not theoretical) but I don't have much basis in Diff EQs beyond a really hazy recollection of high school AP Calc curriculum.

Next semester, I'll be taking Diff EQs (Nagle-Snaff-Snider) & Lin Alg (Lay). I'll probably supplement Lin Alg with Axler's Linear Algebra, Done Right. Any critiques or suggestions?

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