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Florian Geyer

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I hope this message finds you well. I'm reaching out to get your insights and recommendations on my journey towards a master's degree in theoretical particle physics.

While I have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in physics, I often feel that my foundational knowledge isn't as deep as I'd like. To give an example, foundational books like Sears and Zemansky's "University Physics" still pose significant challenges to me. My mathematical foundation is based on Larson's calculus. Furthermore, I have some understanding of ordinary and partial differential equations (ODEs and PDEs), vector analysis, and linear algebra.

Given this context, here are my queries:

**Feasibility**: Is it realistic for me to aim for a master's in theoretical particle physics considering my current foundation? If not, which areas would you suggest I focus on to enhance my understanding?**Further Study**: I recognize the importance of strong mathematical methods in theoretical physics. Should I delve deeper into dedicated textbooks on mathematical methods tailored for physicists? Also, given my current level, how critical is it for me to delve into upper undergraduate subjects such as Electrodynamics, Classical and Quantum Mechanics, and Thermal and Statistical Mechanics?**Resource Recommendations**: If you endorse further studies in the aforementioned areas or other topics, could you suggest some comprehensive textbooks or resources that would be fitting for my level?

Thank you in advance for your invaluable advice and time.