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Feynman or Serway ?

  1. May 8, 2009 #1
    Is Feynman lectures on physics suitable for beginning physics (learn basics of physics)
    OR physics for scientists and engineers (Serway) ?
    i want to learn basics most powerful
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  3. May 8, 2009 #2


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    How much mathematics do you know?
  4. May 8, 2009 #3
    i know basic calculus and differential eqs
    and partial DE
    some special fns
    and little functional analysis
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    In that case, I recommend Feynman.
  6. May 8, 2009 #5
    thank you very much for your help
    hoping other members to give me their opinions
  7. May 8, 2009 #6


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    Many people refer to the The Feynman lectures as "physics for physicists" and I think I have to agree. Reading the lectures is an excellent way of brushing up on a certain area or getting a different perspective but I wouldn't recommend it as your ONLY book.
    Part of the problem is simply that they are too brief; the lectures are quite short meaning they cover an enormous amount of physics in each chapter, there is simply not enough space to go into any details; most books on e.g. basic E&M are longer than one volume of the lectures.

    My advice would to initially focus on one (or maybe two) area of physics (say basic mechanics) and then buy a good book that cover ONLY that area.
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