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This is the sequence:

PHYS 141: Mechanics

PHYS 142 or 151: Foundations of Modern Mechanics

PHYS 201: E and M

PHYS 202: Waves and Optics

I took two years of physics in high school, so I have no problem reviewing/relearning mechanics on the side over the course of spring semester. I plan on using the MIT OCW Scholar setup for this. However, the problem is that assuming I place out of 141, I can either take 151 that fall or 142 the following spring. 201 is only offered in the fall and 202 has 201 as a prerequisite. As you can see, I have to place out of both 141 and 142 in order to make up that full year if I ever want to take higher level, more specific courses.

The problem is that I haven't been able to find any lecture series that covers an intro to all modern physics. The course uses Tipler's

*Modern Physics*, but reviews for the book aren't too stellar.

I was hoping someone on PF has come across some lectures that cover these topics or has a recommendation for a better written book (esp. considering I am learning by myself and may not have internet connection at times over the summer). Keep in mind that each topic refers to one 50 minute class, and there are three classes a week. Thanks.

Here is the syllabus:

Special Relativity: Frames of Reference

Michelson-Morley Experiment

Time Dilation and Length Contraction

Relativistic Velocity Addition

Simultaneity and Lorentz Transformations

Twin Paradox

Spacetime

Relativistic Momentum and Energy

Relativistic Collisions

Confirmations of Special Relativity

General Relativity

Blackbody Radiation

Photoelectric Effect

Compton Scattering

Hydrogen Spectrum

Bohr Atom

de Broglie's Hypothesis

Probability Interpretation of Wave Functions

Uncertainty Principle

Wave Mechanics: Schrodinger's Equation

Particle in a Box

Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Tunneling through a Barrier

Electron Spin: Stern Gerlach Experiment

Statistical Physics

Maxwell Bolzmann Statistics

Specific Heat

Quantum Statistics

Fermi-Dirac Statistics

Band Structure and Conductivity

Bose-Einstein Statistics