I need guidance about what to study in physics

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I'm a senior in high school and I'm in AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Calculus AB. I am conflicted in deciding what to study in physics. I want to study relativity or quantum mechanics. If there is a course of action, textbook, website, or any other recommendations please leave a comment. Thank you.
 

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Don't you think it is just a little bit early to be trying to commit to a single field? The reasons the curriculum is so broad is, in part, so that you will gain an exposure to things you now know nothing about. Wait until you get a little bit further in before you try to specialize. For now, try to learn everything that comes along.
 
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I guarantee that you'll study quantum mechanics because it's one of the core subjects of any undergraduate physics degree. You'll also study some special relativity as part of your core courses. General relativity is an optional elective probably in the senior year at most schools.

Undergraduate physics degrees are mostly generic, not specialized.
 
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Thank you both, I was also quite concerned about fixating on specializing but it's all I've been thinking about.
 
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I'm also very eager to learn physics, but I don't know what course of action I should take.
 
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I'm also very eager to learn physics, but I don't know what course of action I should take.

If you are going to major in physics when you go to college, this "course of action" will be presented to you in the form of the "curriculum".

Also note that in my unscientific career poll on this forum, what you think you want to specialize in at this stage of your life will more likely NOT be what you will end up with in your career.

Zz.
 

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