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Good books for 13 year old to self teach physics?

  1. Aug 19, 2016 #1
    Hi, I am only 13, but am really interested in physics. My highest level of math knowledge is pre-algebra, but I'll be in algebra 1 once school starts. I am a fast learner and know I can learn the physics criteria if it is explained thoroughly. Please don't let my math knowledge make you think I can't handle it, as long as the author explains it good I will be fine. I would like to be an experimental/theoretical physicist. I have a khan academy account and learn physics of on it, but I want MORE knowledge and want to have a high knowledge of physics before high school classes and college. If you know of any books that you would recommend for me please post the title and author(or link)thank you.
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  4. Aug 21, 2016 #3
    You should definitely take geometry, algebra1, algebra2, and trigonometry first. Perhaps from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470416742 and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0760706603 . There are countless other books that will teach you these subjects.

    Once you have finished the above two books, start with https://www.amazon.com/No-bullshit-guide-math-physics/dp/0992001005. Although this book actually explains all math required, I would still spend some time on geometry, algebra1, algebra2, and trigonometry first.

    Once you finished that, come back and I will recommend you more.

    Trust me, there is no shortcut. You have to learn the required math first if you want to learn physics.
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    And don't be tricked. There are socalled "calculus-free physics books", but that's fake. It's way more complicated to learn physics without calculus than to learn calculus first and then physics. You don't need to learn all of the math but you can also learn it in parallel to the physics. A good approach is to start with (calculus based) general experimental-physics textbooks for freshmen like Haliday, Resnick, Walker or Tipler and see what math you really need at any step.
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