Good resources to learn physics?

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Hi,

I am a first year college student who is currently taking intro to physics course. With the way this course is designed, it is definitely not beginner friendly as I took physics for two years straight in high school and is still a little confused. To add to injury, I also just bombed my first test. I am determined to understand and improve, regardless of marks. This course is more on the conceptual side and is not calculus related. So far we are dealing with Kinematics and dynamics. Do any of you guys have good resources to recommend along with practice problems that I can solve on my own time?

Any advice is appreciated!
 
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Welcome to PF. :smile:

You will get many other suggestions here in your thread, but have a look at this other thread and the book that the Original Poster (OP) ordered to help them get more comfortable with working introductory Physics problems:
freeswordfish said:
I bought this book https://www.amazon.com/dp/1482086921/?tag=pfamazon01-20 off of Amazon, I'm hoping it can help me.
(click the up-arrow in the post to be taken to the actual post)
 
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berkeman said:
Welcome to PF. :smile:

You will get many other suggestions here in your thread, but have a look at this other thread and the book that the Original Poster (OP) ordered to help them get more comfortable with working introductory Physics problems:

(click the up-arrow in the post to be taken to the actual post)
THANK YOU!!! I will most definitely check it out!
 
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Related to Good resources to learn physics?

What are some good introductory textbooks for learning physics?

For beginners, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" by Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett, "University Physics" by Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman, and "Fundamentals of Physics" by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walker are excellent choices. These books cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation in physics.

Are there any online courses that are recommended for learning physics?

Yes, there are several high-quality online courses available. Websites like Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy offer comprehensive physics courses. Notable examples include MIT's "Classical Mechanics" on edX and Stanford's "Introduction to Physics" on Coursera. These courses often include video lectures, assignments, and quizzes to enhance learning.

What are some good YouTube channels for learning physics?

Some popular YouTube channels for learning physics include "MinutePhysics," "Veritasium," "Physics Girl," and "Khan Academy." These channels offer engaging and informative videos on a wide range of physics topics, from basic principles to advanced concepts.

Can you recommend any good physics simulation tools or software?

PhET Interactive Simulations, developed by the University of Colorado Boulder, is an excellent resource for physics simulations. It offers a wide range of interactive simulations that help visualize and understand various physics concepts. Additionally, software like MATLAB and Wolfram Mathematica can be used for more advanced simulations and problem-solving.

What are some good resources for advanced physics topics?

For advanced topics, graduate-level textbooks such as "Classical Mechanics" by Herbert Goldstein, "Quantum Mechanics" by Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, and Frank Laloë, and "Statistical Mechanics" by R.K. Pathria and Paul D. Beale are highly recommended. Research journals like "Physical Review Letters" and "Journal of Applied Physics" also provide cutting-edge research articles for deeper insights into advanced physics topics.

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