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  1. Apr 5, 2015 #1
    Hey everyone, I am in 7th grade right now and I started learning physics in my school. I've become really interested in it and I have only one lesson in a week so I want to start learning it by myself.. So how should I start? Which books and online courses would you recommend ?
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  3. Apr 5, 2015 #2
    What is your level of math?
  4. Apr 5, 2015 #3
    In trimesters I get only 10.
  5. Apr 5, 2015 #4
    My recommendation is that you go to khanacademy.org and get your math level up, and then start learning some physics from there.
    I'm not sure on "proper" books you should get yet, since you're in 7th grade, because most physics books, that I've seen, rely on math.
  6. Apr 5, 2015 #5
    I strongly recommend Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt. It hardly uses any math.
  7. Apr 5, 2015 #6

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    Hewitt's book is written for people about four more years along than the OP.
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    I think he means, what topics in math have you studied: algebra? trigonometry? calculus? or what?
  9. Apr 6, 2015 #8
    Yeah, you're right.
    I shouldn't have recommended that book.
    I recommended it because I think that an intelligent student in middle school should be able to understand Hewitt's textbook.
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  10. Apr 6, 2015 #9
    Please, don't worry about my math skills. If I am not going to understand something I will just ask my math teacher about it or check it on internet..And I don't care if that textbook will be a bit too complicated for me, don't worry about that.
  11. Apr 6, 2015 #10
    What does this mean ?
  12. Apr 6, 2015 #11
    You should care that a textbook will be too complicated for you. Just "asking your math teacher" or "checking on the internet" does not really suffice for more complicated math like calculus.
  13. Apr 6, 2015 #12
    So what should I do ?
  14. Apr 6, 2015 #13


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    If you don't have a good grasp on algebra and trigonometry, you will not be able to understand the mathematics behind the most basic physics textbooks. There are textbooks and courses out there that teach physics without advanced math such as calculus that use olny algebra and trig. These textbooks will make approximations and hand waving to "get rid of the calculus" which can be good for beginners.

    so step 1.
    learn algebra and trig!

    I agree with the khan academy statement!!
  15. Apr 6, 2015 #14
    Thanks for the answers everyone
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