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Adgorn

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Hello everyone.

I'm assuming many similar threads to this one have been posted previously but I wanted to make one that is fitting to my specific situation, hopefully it's not to much trouble.

So I want to seriously start teaching myself physics at a deep level, and this post is basically my first step in trying to do that. I'm a high-school student at the moment with aspirations to become a theoretical physicist but I already want to start diving into the material, with the plan to have graduate level knowledge before enlisting (Then of course re-learn them all again with a proper course and lecturer, this might make the experience a bit more tedious but hey you win some you lose some).

As I said I want to learn all of physics contained in undergraduate and graduate material to a deep enough degree. Obviously I don't except to become an expert in all these fields but I want to have a deep enough knowledge to be able understand the reasoning behind them and to draw conclusions on my own. I am aware that this is a task of several years so I am ready for a deep long term plan on how to achieve this objective.

As for my current knowledge, I have a deep enough understanding of high-school level mathematics including basic calculus. Although I do also know high-school level physics (Newtonian mechanics, Basic electrostatics and electrodynamics, Waves, etc.) I think it is best to assume I know nothing about physics and start from scratch.

With all that said I am here asking a few questions:

Which subjects do I need to learn (including mathematical background)?

In what order should I learn them?

Which sources can I use to learn each subject?

And just in general if you have any helpful tips.

I am aware of sites such as OCW and Khan academy but they are more supplemental than main resources, also both have a tendency to have incomplete subjects since they are work-in-progresses. so I am hoping to get an encompassing book (with problems, can't learn physics without 'em) for each subject and each mathematical field that I need to learn.

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to read this and answer, really looking forward to it.

I'm assuming many similar threads to this one have been posted previously but I wanted to make one that is fitting to my specific situation, hopefully it's not to much trouble.

So I want to seriously start teaching myself physics at a deep level, and this post is basically my first step in trying to do that. I'm a high-school student at the moment with aspirations to become a theoretical physicist but I already want to start diving into the material, with the plan to have graduate level knowledge before enlisting (Then of course re-learn them all again with a proper course and lecturer, this might make the experience a bit more tedious but hey you win some you lose some).

As I said I want to learn all of physics contained in undergraduate and graduate material to a deep enough degree. Obviously I don't except to become an expert in all these fields but I want to have a deep enough knowledge to be able understand the reasoning behind them and to draw conclusions on my own. I am aware that this is a task of several years so I am ready for a deep long term plan on how to achieve this objective.

As for my current knowledge, I have a deep enough understanding of high-school level mathematics including basic calculus. Although I do also know high-school level physics (Newtonian mechanics, Basic electrostatics and electrodynamics, Waves, etc.) I think it is best to assume I know nothing about physics and start from scratch.

With all that said I am here asking a few questions:

Which subjects do I need to learn (including mathematical background)?

In what order should I learn them?

Which sources can I use to learn each subject?

And just in general if you have any helpful tips.

I am aware of sites such as OCW and Khan academy but they are more supplemental than main resources, also both have a tendency to have incomplete subjects since they are work-in-progresses. so I am hoping to get an encompassing book (with problems, can't learn physics without 'em) for each subject and each mathematical field that I need to learn.

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to read this and answer, really looking forward to it.

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