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How to learn about electrochemistry/other?

  1. May 2, 2012 #1
    Hey everyone, so I'm 17, a junior in high school. I've always been interested in engineering and how things work, but this year I've become intrigued by electrical engineering, electromagnetism, and other physics phenomena. I've also started becoming really kind of fascinated by math, because now that I'm nearing calculus you can really see how things come together and the unity of it all. I really like thinking about things like how infinity works and interacts with other values, the special properties of what I call 'effects' versus integers (I don't know the technical term, but things like e and pi and wau and stuff). Getting a little off topic, but yeah. Anyways, the main things I'm interested in are energy production (mostly photovoltaics), energy storage (modern batteries piss me off), and electric motors. I also love learning about cool scientific quirks like the piezoelectric effect and the special properties of resonance and a lot of stuff that Tesla worked with. So, I really really want to start learning stuff with this, and I want to learn practical things too so I can go out and build something once in a while. Problem is, I always try to think of things that are beyond my understanding. I try to come up with better designs for motors and batteries and other stuff, but it's all pointless and hopelessly hypothetical because I don't know anything about the complex parts of physics that it all depends on. So my question is, how do I learn all these things on my own? Does anyone know of a good collection of books I can read that will bring me up to the level of understanding where I can start to run experiments and do real things? I just think it's a waste that I have the ability to make a contribution to the world, however small that may be, but I can't find the information I need to do that.

    Thanks for any help
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